Dance Like Kinect Is Watching: The Interactive LED Amphitheatre

Outdoor music festivals traditionally means days of sliding over mud-slick fields in galoshes. But a group of designers and engineers in Lyon dreamt up an alternative: a Kinect-powered interactive amphitheatre that radiates light based on the footsteps of attendees.

The pyramid was custom-built for Nuits Sonores, an annual EDM festival that included performances by Dan Deacon and Nosaj Thing. Housed primarily inside of a giant warehouse in Lyon, the festival also included an outdoor stage. So organisers tapped Is This Good?, the London interactive studio, to create an installation where concert-goers could dance facing performers.

Their five-tier system is made from semi-transparent plastic embedded with LEDs. These are controlled via an OpenFrameworks script, which draws information about the location of attendees from six nearby Kinects. When a person moves or jumps onto one of the platforms, the lights turn on and change in intensity as their movements are tracked — meanwhile, a Processing-based program pushes generative, dynamic animations to five hanging screens behind the platforms. It's lovely in a futuristic, Saturday Night Fever kind of way. Check out the full video below.

[Creative Applications]

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