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+1D and NeoCubism

+1D
A video art project that converts 2D real-time video images into 3D computer graphics. Viewers can explore the hidden information in the video and manipulate 3D images simply by moving a mouse.

Innovation
In this project, the image consists of two elements: pixels and continuous lines. To create 3D graphics, the application reorganizes pixels according to colors. One more dimension (Z-axis) of each pixel is decided by its color intensity, and viewers can explore the "inside" of the video by moving the mouse.

Vision
Color plays a significant role in visual representation (in maps, for example). Colors also contain meanings of other dimensions, such as height, depth, concentration, and so on. In +1D, these rules are applied to real-time video to reveal hidden color information in the video using 3D graphics.

Goal
+1D is not only a video art project, but also a tool for information visualization. The main purpose of this project is to visualize huge datasets in an interesting, beautiful, and clear way.


NeoCubism
A combination of "cubism" and new-media technologies. Three-hundred-sixty-degree views of objects or surroundings are captured and represented on the screen, and users can explore the screen images by manipulating a mouse.

Innovation
Four video cameras are connected to a Macintosh computer, and captured images are manipulated by an application programmed in C and OpenGL. In order to display images from all four cameras simultaneously, the 2D video images are converted to 3D graphics, according to the color intensity of each video pixel.

After the conversion, the four images are set to a cylinder in the 3D world. While images of the object are being captured, the object is able to interact with NeoCubism through the video cameras, and the movements of the object can effectively manipulate the content. Mouse movements manipulate the 3D graphics so they can be viewed from various angles.

Vision
"Cubism" was developed between 1908 and 1912 in the collaboration between Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. It proposes that the essence of an object can only be captured by showing it from multiple points of view simultaneously. NeoCubism employs four video cameras placed back to back in the center to capture a 360-degree panorama view, or they are placed around an object to capture images of the object in the center.

Goal
NeoCubism is an experimental video art project that converts four video sources into one integrated 3D space. It attempts to represent multiple points of view of space and objects simultaneously. The main purpose is to immerse audiences in a complete experience of the merger of artistic representation and new technologies, and to explore the aesthetics of looking at video from a variety of perspectives.

Contact
Toshitaka Amaoka
New York University
ta296@amaoka.com






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