Kimchi and Chips:

A small potted tree has a perpetual conversation with people. Through the use of video projection, a tree is augmented in a non-invasive way, enabling the presentation of volumetric light patterns using it?s own leaves as voxels (3D pixels).

We have developed our own structured light system (called MapTools-SL) which scans the location of every pixel in 3D, allowing a cloud of scattered projector pixels to be used as 3D Voxels.

The tree invites viewers with a choreographed cloud of light that can respond visitors motion. As visitors approach, they can explore the immediate and cryptic nature of this reaction. The tree can form gestures in this way, and can in turn detect the gestures of its visitors. By applying a superficial layer of immediate interaction to the tree, can people better appreciate the long term invisible interaction that they share with it?

We propose an alternative to the media facade, whereby designers and advertisers use LED and projection technology to display graphics through the built environment. We suggest that use of media facades can lead to an asymptote of confusion and visual pollution. Instead, we ask how can an unscripted natural entity within our environment can also be visually celebrated. If we can promote the use of trees as outdoor visual media, then we can better plan cities to both accommodate the human requirement for nature, and our developing want for digital control over the visual environment.

Music by Trentemøller

The Creators Project: Nature and Tech Talk: A Q&A with Kimchi and Chips