Interactive digital video 4 x 3 x 6 metres
projection, computer, camera, colour
A Little Pig Production, UK, 2007.
Continuum employs custom software and conventional hardware. The software employs realtime video acquisition and processing algorithms that allow the viewer's image to be captured and matted so as to remove any visual background material and render it as black. The same software then renders the image to the screen as a semi transparent layer, its x and y location determined by the location of the viewer and its z location (depth) determined by when it was acquired relative to other layers. This time data is also used to determine the transparency of the layer, recent layers rendered as more opaque than older layers, creating an atmospheric sense of depth. The viewer's location is tracked by the software and this information is used to determine the "point of view" the viewer sees their reflection from. This results in the effect of parallax. The viewer's movement causes the "reflected" imagery to move in three dimensions, swaying from side to side, just as occurs when we sway our heads looking at actual three dimensional objects, revealing their various aspects.
The performers in the documentation here are Ross Cooper, Morgan Runacre-Temple, Lucy Boyes and Ira Siobhan.