Marcel Duchamp stated that “the audience completes the creative act, becoming, in a sense, artists”. Revoir is a platform to enable audience participation with visual media through emotion detection. It makes the act of observation a part of the creative act: by observing, the audience influences the medium. The medium thus becomes an open-ended exchange with its audience. How it works: A camera interprets the facial expression of an observer. These data then alter the flow of the medium according to parameters given by the author, who assigned visual and audio expressions (fractions of images, films, audio) to different emotional states (happy, neutral, sad, excited…). As the observer changes his facial expression, the expression assigned to this emotional state becomes more visibly blended into the medium. This project was selected as finalist in the Playable Museum Awards 2018 of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and Museo Marino Marini in Florence, Italy. Prototype: https://maji.at/revoir (please use a Chrome browser and allow camera access). Movie: http://penccil.com/movie/revoir.mp4
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