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12 JANUARY 2014

Chris O'Shea's interactive installation: Hand from Above

"Hand From Above encourages us to question our normal routine when we often find ourselves rushing from one destination to another. Inspired by Land of the Giants and Goliath, we are reminded of mythical stories by mischievously unleashing a giant hand from the BBC Big Screen. Passers by will be playfully transformed. What if humans weren't on top of the food chain? Unsuspecting pedestrians will be tickled, stretched, flicked or removed entirely in real–time by a giant deity.

Hand from Above is a joint co–commission between FACT: Foundation for Art & Creative Technology and Liverpool City Council for BBC Big Screen Liverpool and the Live Sites Network. It premiered during the inaugural Abandon Normal Devices Festival."






2009 • Abandon Normal Devices Festival • arts festivalaugmented reality • BBC Big Screens Project • camera-based interactionChris OSheadigital displaysdigital screensFoundation for Art and Creative Technologygiant • giant hand • Goliath • hand • Hand from Above (2009) • immersive experienceinteractive digital displayinteractive displayinteractive installationinteractive screen • Land of the Giants (television) • Live Sites Network • Liverpool • Liverpool City Council • mythical stories • OpenCVOpenFrameworks • Owen Lloyd • public space


Simon Perkins
03 JULY 2011

Chris O'Shea @ Nottingham GameCityNights Episode 6

"Headlining Episode 6 is artist and designer Chris O'Shea, known internationally for his immersive, interactive multimedia work. Using Microsoft's Kinect, Chris will be talking us through the melding of videogames and play into contemporary art, with demonstrations of his previous and current projects."

(GameCityNights, 24 June 2011)

Fig.1 Chris O'Shea (2010). "Air Guitar prototype"



2011 • 3D skeletal tracking • air guitar • applied research • artist and designer • artistic practiceBritish artistChris OSheaconceptualisationcorrelative analoguedesign researchdesign researcherdesignerdevice • Dr Sketchy • experimentationGameCity • GameCityNights • gamesgraphic representationguitarGuitar Hero • hand tracking • high-fidelity prototypehistogramimmersiveinteraction designinteractive multimediainteractive music gamesKinect • LibFreenect • MicrosoftNottingham • OfxKinect • OpenCVOpenFrameworks • OpenKinect • OpenNI • playingpractice-ledprototyperesearch project • Rock Band • speculative designtheory buildingUKusabilityvideogames and playvisualisationXbox Kinect


Simon Perkins
30 JUNE 2011

OpenFrameworks: open source C++ toolkit for creative coding

"Openframeworks is a c++ library designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation.

The library is designed to work as a general purpose glue, and wraps together several commonly used libraries under a tidy interface: openGL for graphics, rtAudio for audio input and output, freeType for fonts,freeImage for image input and output, quicktime for video playing and sequence grabbing.

The code is written to be both cross platform (PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone) and cross compiler. The API is designed to be minimal and easy to grasp. There are very few classes, and inside of those classes, there are very few functions. The code has been implemented so that within the classes there are minimal cross–referening, making it quite easy to rip out and reuse, if you need, or to extend.

Simply put, openFrameworks is a tool that makes it much easier to make things via code. We find it super useful, and we hope you do too.

OpenFrameworks is actively developed by Zach Lieberman, Theodore Watson, and Arturo Castro, with help from the OF community. ofxIphone, is actively developed by Mehmet Akten and Zach Gage, with development help from Lee Byron and Damian Stewart. The OF website is designed and maintained by Chris O'shea.

OpenFrameworks is indebted to two significant precursors: the Processing development environment, created by Casey Reas, Ben Fry and the Processing community; and the ACU Toolkit, a privately distributed C++ library developed by Ben Fry and others in the MIT Media Lab's Aesthetics and Computation Group."




ACU Toolkit • API • Arturo Castro • Ben Fry • C++ library • C++ toolki • Casey ReasChris OSheacodecreative codingcreative process • cross compiler • cross platform • Damian Stewart • experimentation • freeImage • freeType • interactioninteraction designintuitiveiPhone • Lee Byron • LinuxMac • Mehmet Akten • MIT Media LabMIT Media Lab Aesthetics and Computation Group • OF • OF community • ofxIphone • open sourceOpenFrameworksOpenGLPCProcessing (software) • Processing community • Processing development environmentQuickTime • rtAudio • sequence grabbing • software classessoftware codesoftware framework • software functions • software interface • software libraries • software library • software tool • Theodore Watson • Zach Gage • Zach Lieberman


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