Using the Xbox Kinect enabled us to scan each subject and turn them into a 3d model instantly. After this, we would tweak the data obtained from the Kinect and then overlay it back over the photograph.
“We set out to create a series where technology and humanity intersect seamlessly. We wanted it to be natural. The data and glitches had to look as though they were a part of the human body.”
Andrew Gant first began his obsession with the Xbox Kinect when he discovered the amazing software/hardware combination called RGBDToolkit. He first used it for Exist Elsewhere’s first music video Tokyo, where he projected light portraits all over the streets of Los Angeles. After this, he transported himself into a metaphorical video game to illustrate Microsoft’s new interactive storytelling vision for the Xbox One Kinect. Recently, Gant used it in the upcoming movie short “MILES”.
For this photo series, Gant wanted to take the same calibre of work he’s done in the past for video and apply it to the higher detailed resolution world of photography. One night, Gant was introduced to “Phracktographer” and photographic genius Melissa Castro by James George, a founder of the RGBDToolkit. After beer and pizza in downtown Los Angeles, Gant and Castro decided that they were both headed in the same direction and were ready to join forces and push their art forward.
Castro, a lifestyle, music, and commercial photographer, recently just finished a series which coined the name Phracktography. For an art installation with the Codame group, at hacker conference DEFCON, Castro used VJing software to manipulate a live video/audio feed of the participants. This interactive photo shoot allowed participants to add an element of sound to their portraits, as the VJing software manipulated their voice and image input. At the same time, the participant was able to remain anonymous because Melissa was actually photographing only the projected result on a screen. With her back to the subject, they could remain anonymous, which is something hackers deeply respect
Check the entire series HERE.