How dope does the visual above look. Allow me to answer that question, extremely. The interactive media installment was created by New York based media artist Aaron Sherwood with help from Michael Allison.
“Firewall” creates different visuals kinetically in response to the touch of a user. How this reaction is done is quite technical so I won’t attempt to explain it myself. this is how Aaron Sherwood describes the project:
“The piece was made using Processing, Max/MSP, Arduino and a Kinect. The Kinect measures the average depth of the spandex from the frame it is mounted on. If the spandex is not being pressed into nothing happens. When someone presses into it the visuals react around where the person presses, and the music is triggered. An algorithm created with Max allows the music to speed up and slow down and get louder and softer, based on the depth. This provides a very expressive musical playing experience, even for people who have never played music before. A switch is built into the frame which toggles between two modes. The second mode is a little more aggressive than the first.”