OperaBooth

The project explores mediated intimacy between remote strangers through music. Two boxes are placed at two remote locations. In each box there is a hole for the head of the user. When "inside" the box the remote users look directly in the eyes of each other. A face tracking algorithm by Kyle McDonald detects the users mouth opening and triggers opera singing. This way the remote strangers can explore intimacy through an opera duet.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Evaluating Intimacy and Ludic Engagement with a Musical Interactive Art Installation that Explores Remote Abstract Communication/ Gelineck, Steven; Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) - HCII2015: Human Computer Interaction International, 2015.

OperaBooth: an Installation for Intimate Remote Communication through Music/ Gelineck, Steven; Proceedings of the 9th Audio Mostly Conference. Aalborg, Denmark : Association for Computing Machinery, 2014.

Picture taken from inside the OperaBooth.

The OperaBooth was tested at the main reception area at Aalborg University Copenhagen

User trying the OperaBooth.