Affective cinema
Jan Torpus and Michel Durieux
Brief description of the work:
Interactive installation measuring the affective reaction of an audience member to the virtual character on screen.
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Galvanic skin response sensors, MIDI, sound and image processor, video monitor
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Transmediale 2002, Berlin
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
One participant at a time can interact with the artefact; a chair is set up to face video output and camera directly.
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Floorplan, scheme:

Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Observing one's non-verbal communication
Further context:

The virtual characters in affective cinema communicate by using facial gestures and voice, but no speech. The more relaxed a viewer is, the more the character tries to provoke using non-verbal means of communication.

The piece taps into processes that are below our conscious actions and seeks to establish new ways of interacting that work through human affect.