Ribbons

Ribbons is a real-time visual instrument created for maximizing the expressiveness of the performer within its aesthetic paradigm. Its design questions the basic assumption of a flat rectangle as image space by presenting a virtual three-dimensional space where the footage can be projected and deconstructed, thus adding a new dimension of expressiveness orthogonal to traditional narrative.

I worked with the following design axes: playability vs. autonomy, and expressiveness vs. narrative, aiming at creating a unique expressive instrument that allows its user to navigate the cinematic space.

The following images show captures of Ribbons's output, with a few photos of myself performing with it.

The following sequence shows the video being deconstructed, with each voxel acquiring a new expressive power:

The 2009 paper Ribbons, a live cinema instrument, presented at ISEA in Belfast, describes the design process and the instrument's usage. Ribbons was programmed with OpenFrameworks and its source code is available upon request.

 Using Ribbons to perform at Panoramica 2010, in Buenos Aires.

Using Ribbons to perform at Panoramica 2010, in Buenos Aires.