Synthux Hackathon 2023

T / Threatening Touch

Interactive educational installation about experiencing social anxiety.
Light sensor
Humidity sensor
A subtle stirring
Performance instrument

Coaches & collaborators

Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology
This project aims to highlight the topic of social anxiety. The overall purpose of the installation is to provide a platform for an open discussion on mental illness. The video/sound interaction is triggered by sensors that control sound and the image that is projected on the figure, both of which serve to evoke the state of a person experiencing anxiety. If the person entering the installation moves too fast towards the figure, the sound and image change and increase the feeling of tension and stress in the room. If the person moves slowly and carefully, the sensor's reaction will be appropriate and a more calming image and sound is triggered, and in this way, reflect the need for a calm interaction with a person who may be experiencing anxiety.
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the tech

How does it work?

The technical aspect of the project included the preparation of music which would reflect different states of anxiety. The music was made in the FL studio program. The next stage was a selection of references for displaying the image on a mannequin. Several variants of different pictures for inspiration were considered, and also their own references were drawn in Procreate. Later in the TouchDesigner program, we made a similar texture and created a mask for the mannequin. The next step was to create a program for the Microsoft Kinect sensor to work and respond to the trigger in TouchDesigner. The change of images from the projector occurs due to the response of the sensor to the speed of the person approaching the mannequin.
Open source code
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Node based visual programming language for real time interactive multimedia content
Light sensor
A light sensor detects light in its proximity
Humidity sensor
A humidity sensor provides the actual humidity condition within the air at any given point or in any given place
Line of motion sensing sensor
About the instrument
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