The Edge Summer Pop-Up

As part of The Multimedia Summer Pop-Up Show, we created four interactive works for the Edge Arts Gallery in Bath. Displayed alongside cutting-edge research from the University of Bath, the pieces give the public the opportunity to explore 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence, Motion Capture and Virtual Reality.

 
 
 Photo © Paul Blakemore

Photo © Paul Blakemore

The play-doh 3D printer is operated by a minimum of two people. In order to print a shape, the x/y axis and the extruder have to be moved and cranked manually. A large button is pressed to lower the platform, ready for the next layer. Eventually, layers will build up to make play-doh 3D prints!

 
 

Photo © Paul Blakemore

This is a Virtual Reality play pit with small sculptures that can be arranged and moved around. A 360-degree camera streams live video to a VR headset, making you feel like you’ve shrunk and dropped into the middle of the play pit.

 

Photo © Paul Blakemore

The face recognition photo booth uses artificial intelligence to guess people’s emotions, age and facial expressions. This piece is all about tricking the AI by using props and pulling funny faces.

 
 Photo © Paul Blakemore

Photo © Paul Blakemore

Synthetic Products designed three avatars for our motion capture piece. When a visitor wears 6 hand-sewn straps on their body, a camera tracks their limbs and makes the avatars copy their movements.

 
 Photo © Synthetic Products

Photo © Synthetic Products