Bellyful of Eels: Spring Show installation

Here is some photo & video documentation from the installation at the ITP Spring Show 2010.

More about the Processing & code — Nature of Code class, see this post.
More about the Video part — Animals class,  see this post.

Interactive eel nursery, 3/4 view. Photo by Tom Igoe.

Interactive eel nursery, top view. Photo by Lee-Sean Huang.

Still from video installation. Photo by Tom Igoe.

Still from video installation. Photo by Tom Igoe.

Close up of eel drawing, laser cut in masonite.

In front was a small round table containing the Processing eels.  Attached was a small electret microphone, the circuit built with Eric Rosenthal’s help in Project Development Studio.  People could sing or blow to get the eels to react.  They always reacted to blowing, but only reacted to some peoples singing… finicky little wigglers.

Behind the table was a long narrow screen, 1920×540 — HD in width, but cropped to half height, with a projection of the Bellyful of Eels animated video.   Above the video was the laser cut drawing of eels in masonite.

Here is a video of the eels motion when left alone:

Bellyful of Eels: Eels left alone (Documentation 01) from Molly Schwartz on Vimeo.

Here is Paul R. talking to the eels:

Bellyful of Eels: Paul R. talking to the eels (Documentation 02) from Molly Schwartz on Vimeo.

Here is Rune M. singing to the eels:

Bellyful of Eels: Rune M. singing to the Eels (Documentation 03) from Molly Schwartz on Vimeo.

This is the animated video, that was projected on a narrow screen behind the interactive
eel nursery. The video follows the life cycle of common river eel, using a variety of
animation techniques: drawn, computer generated, particle system, puppeting,
claymation and including exported frames from the Processing sketch:

Bellyful of Eels: Animated Video from Molly Schwartz on Vimeo.

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