Month: September 2017

How do you augment reality through a window?

The set up is a camera recording the passerby’s movements – and those movements then being translated to art and graphics in the shape of the passerby’s movements, on to the TV screens. It’s a sort of mirror, augmenting life and turning the viewer’s existence into a form of art.

An interaction takes you to through the process of sharing your traveling memories to traveling into someone else’s memories and you can share that conection. These windows mean to augment what links us to strangers, like our traveling dreams.


The core concept is around collaboration, give the users of each window a common goal and make them work together through unique but compatible and dependant controls. In the example the red circle has to be Brought on top of the brown one. And each window has control over one axis.

Proposals: Distortion Gallery, Awkwardness, Mood Reader

Ariana, Demos, Lindsey P., Yuan


Proposal 1: DIY Distortion Gallery

  • Collective coloring book. Everyone inputs color and location through touch in Window 1. An image is generated, though the outcome is unexpected & distorted.
  • Result is fed into Window 2, which carousels through the images that are generated.
  • People can then obtain the image generated.

Proposal 2: Overreaction Maching & Awkward Photobooth

  • Window 1 Prompt: How are you feeling today? User selects from a set of preselected moods.
  • Giant face in the window reacts however you’ve stipulated, but it’s an overreaction.
  • Window 2 Prompt: “Taking your photo in 5…4…3…SNAP”
  • Photo is taken but you never know when, so you’re always in the process of smiling but not actually fully posed.
  • There may be some form of data collection display

Proposal 3: Break my heart!

  • There is a Gigantic heart in Window 1.
  • There is a prompt for user input (texting, movement, whatever)in Window 2.
  • As the volume of user input increases, the heart moves until it bursts opens.


Feet Seekers turned social experiment

This project started with the idea of setting up a secret camera that would take the picture of people’s feet and upload it to a twitter account.

Because the setup of the feet camera was too hard we decided to just set up a camera in a window and get people’s attention to a sign that told them where to find themselves.

So we made this twitter:

And before we set up the camera we tried the flash to see if we could get people to turn….but we didn’t. And then out of accident one person discovered the human behind the flash and THEN we got a reaction. So we continued experimenting from there. And this is how the experiment went:

pop-up window : double take from yuan12chen on Vimeo.


It was really interesting to discover how people reacted when they thought their picture was being taken without getting anything back vs how they reacted when being prompted with a surprised element and getting a human action. You can see how they even smile and take a time to consider the human, but completly ignore and run away from anything that doesn´t look animated.

PS. As you can see at the end of the video the bot got shut down because we were taking way too many pictures


Yuan Chen

Grau Puche

Michelle Gallero

Regina Cantu

No Hashtag, No Nothing

Ariana, Lindsey P., Lindsey D., Nouf


The most talkative observers were on a stretch of the L train between the 1st Ave. & Grand St. stops. Most of the observers were looking to see who was responsible. The title of this post, “No Hashtag, No Nothing”, comes from the observations of one woman on the train who was absolutely baffled that there was no social media call to action. Many people had comments like this:

“Fashion week is getting weird.”

“Yeah that’s just how marketing is these days.”

“I wonder where the camera is.”

It’s a pretty prescient comment on the shift in expectation of an observer being goaded under the assumption that they are being observed.


Only one subway rider actually managed to touch our PRIVATE installation, but many came up to take photos and ‘grams. The most compelling conversation we had was with an MTA conductor who broke it down for us: