memory containers

Memory containers is an interactive new media performance and installation. Archival visual material and contemporary footage are projection-mapped on physical found objects. The projections follow the movement of the objects through a real-time projection mapping software. This way, the performers or the audience can rearrange the objects and build physical structures, while the create new associations between digital memories and articulate plural narratives.

Memory containers was developed during the Koumaria residency 2014, organized by the Athens-based interdisciplinary arts collective ‘Medea Electronique’. The 2014 Koumaria residency focused on the theme of “improvisation and politics in collaboration with the local community”. Under this context, the resident artists spent ten days in an olive grove situated in the region of Sellasia, Greece. During that time, they had the opportunity to collaborate with the local community. The had also the chance to incorporate in their creative work images from the photographic archive of Sellasia, courtesy of mr. Ioannis Kapetanakis.

Credits:
Performers: Katerina Toumpa // Nirit Rechavi
Music Improvisation: Dimitris Tigkas // Ellen Waterman // Eric Lewis // Guido De Flaviis
Footage: Stephane C // Patrick Boivin //Photographic archive of Sellasia village courtesy of mr. Ioannis Kapetanakis
Concept, Interaction Design & Development: peqpez

Performances:
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens. October 2014
Abandoned olive processing plant, Selassia Village, Sparta, Greece. October 2014

Software: OpenFrameworks

An interactive real-time video mapping system has been developed for the needs of the project. The system uses a computer vision interface and augmented reality markers to detect the 3D position and rotation of physical objects. A video is attached to each marker and dynamically follows the movements of the object. The interactive system is described in the following video:

Memory Containers @ Onassis Cultural Center

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