Final Project: Self-Portrait Generator

I’m interested in the idea of using cameras and live video with Processing, and so for my final project, I want to create some form of a “self-portrait generator”, where I’ll use concepts from generative art along with video. I’m not completely confident that I have enough knowledge in this premise, but I’ve found enough relevant examples online that I can refer to as a start.

For the interaction, I will either use a screen where the user can re-assemble the portrayed image by touching the screen, or by using a regular screen, an infrared sensor and allowing the user to manipulate the self-portrait using hand gestures. I will have to think more about the affordances and clarity of interaction for each approach, perhaps through user testing.

For this project, I’ll need:

-one, or perhaps two cameras.

-a touch screen OR a regular screen

-(possibly) an infrared sensor

As for visuals, I’m interested in imitating a style of art (ex: pointillism, cubism, post-impressionism, suprematism) using Processing, and merging that with video to create an interactive self-portrait where the user can then intervene in their own way. For example, if I were to use a piece by Malevich as inspiration, the camera footage would interact in a certain way with the shapes, and the user would be able to rearrange and reassemble them.

Kazimir Malevich, Untitled, ca. 1916. Oil on canvas, 20 7/8 x 20 7/8 inches (53 x 53 cm)
Kazimir Malevich, Untitled, ca. 1916.

As I mentioned already, I am not sure of how I would want the visuals to look like yet, but this is a quick sketch of how I would want the setup to look like. 


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