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Philip Worthington. Shadow Monsters. 2004
Philip Worthington

Shadow Monsters

2004
Not on view
Medium
Java, Processing, BlobDetection, SoNIA, and Physics software
Credit
Gift of the designer
Object number
485.2008

Monsters materializing from shadows cast on walls may sound like something from a child’s imagination, but Worthington has made the playful concept a reality. Shadow Monsters is based on custom- designed vision- recognition software. With the support of a computer, camera, projector, and light box, the software elaborates on viewers’ shadow gestures with sound and animation. Open and close your hands like a mouth, and a wolf with razor-sharp teeth will surface and growl; tongues, eyes, and fins appear; birds squawk and dinosaurs speak.

Gallery label from Design and the Elastic Mind, February 24–May 12, 2008
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