Five Iterations: A plan for Phase III (Don't miss the 5th iteration)


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This is a simulation of a what it might look like if two people were using two Video Feedback Kinetic Sculptures in unison. 

Originally I  thought the next step for the device would be replicating it in 4K. I  have an idea for a step before that though - Phase III: Two Video Feedback Kinetic Sculptures next  to each other, two people working together to create the final image.
 

Setup 1: Person 2 operates Device 2, and just the upper monitor is used. The  feedback created by this device is displayed on the lower monitor of  Device 1 (by way of the rotating monitor). This image is mixed into the feedback created by Person 1. This is a pretty straightforward way of combining the two feedback loops.
 

Example: Person 2 has a lot of rotation on the camera and is making a circle.  Person 1 has very little rotation on the camera, and a “tail” is created  with the circle. As the circle changes, the shape of the creature with  the tail changes.
 

Setup 2: The same as Setup 1, except  now the output of Device 1 (the combination of images from Person 1 and  2) is displayed on the lower monitor of Device 2 (by way of the rotating monitor). This mixes the images from the two devices back into the image from Device 2. This is a much more complicated way of combining the two loops.
 

Example: This is kind of hard to wrap your mind around: Person 2 makes a circle, which is  displayed on the lower monitor of Device 1, which puts a tail on it, but  now this circle with a tail is on the lower monitor of Device 2, which  means Device 2 is no longer sending a circle to Device 1, it’s sending  the circle with a tail in a circle, which means Device 1 is putting a tail on the  circle with a tail in a circle, and so on...
 

I did an approximate recreation using just the one device, recording each step, and playing it back on the lower monitor as if it were from Device 2. It’s still a mystery what this would truly look like beyond just the five iterations.


I think this feedback of the feedback is somehow something important.

 
Music: Edgard Varèse

 

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