Traceland * all fields are mandatory
Traceland is an interactive video installation about tracing meta data and personal data by the Morons of Motion. We adress contemporary issues such as digital civil rights and governmental observation practices. We are still working on the documentation, feel free to register on the homepage to be part of the project with your data! http://traceland.7dex.de/
The walkable interactive installation TRACELAND simulates the interaction between individuals and their data (and alien data bases) within the internet. It is supposed to illustrate the "everyday-traces" of personal information, people leave behind using their online mobile devices, credit cards etc. – a starting point for working with "big data" and behavioral prediction.
Kinect cameras will capture the participants. Via motion tracking, the movement of the participants within the designated space is digitally analysed and visually processed. The illustrative result of this processing will be projected on a large widescreen: Silhouettes or avatars of people captured and tracked, in a slighly smaller scale than the actual individuals. The silhouettes are not illustrated like a shadow (shades of grey), instead they consist of clusters of text , which is meta and personal data.
Futhermore the avatars steadily emit text fragments of internet data into the data cloud above their heads. When people stand still a fairly small amount of data is emitted and in correlation to their speed of movement, more and more text fragments will be emitted. The faster one moves, the more data will be emitted (just like you leave more digital traces when you use your online devices at a high frequency).
The abstract data cloud is a field of magnetic force, sucking up the data emitted by the avatars and networked,
mingling with it visually. Not only the speed of the movement of the participants will be analysed and processed. Also ducking down or strechting out will be valued. So if a participant is very small, less data will be emitted and if one comes closer or stretches out, more data will will emitted. This is supposed to visualize that not only the speed or frequency of usage determines the amout of data a person reveals, but also the overall participation or non-participation in the digital world will lead to different results concerning the data that will be produced and stored.
The "data" the avatars as well as the emitted text fragments are fictional, though based on average bits of information people are revealing on various occasions (filling out online-forms, registering for specific websites, participating in social media sites, newsletters, search request and others). The data appearing in our installation comes from a data base which we have set up previously.
idea & concept by Morons of Motion (Francis Eggert, Sven Stratmann, Yochanan Rauert)
art direction: Yochanan Rauert
programming: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling
Thomas is a Computer Engineering student from Mexico, currently studying at Dortmund University. He incorporates his programming skills into a visual aesthetic (or context) to create experimental visuals and interactive live performances. Has participated in various live concerts as part of the electroacoustic/videoart ensemble Rorschach_3.1. Among these, the Festival of Electronics Arts and Video Transitio MX_04 in Mexico 2011 and the International Cervantino Festival
We are a VJ crew from Münster, Germany. Francis Eggert, Sven Stratmann (Aquiet) and Yochanan Rauert (Yochee//7dex) are the Morons of Motion. For special events in our town we gather to do magic with our fingertips.
For Flurstücke015 Festival we have developed the interactive video installation TRACELAND, programmed by Thomas Sanchez Lengeling with Cinder lib. TRACELAND was shown at Flurstücke, Lichtungen, ArtSquare, 32c3 in 2015.
Yochanan Rauert aka. VJ Yochee [ˈviːdʒeɪ ˈʤɔkɪ] aka. 7dex, member of the Morons of Motion, is a visual artist living in Münster, Germany. He has studied german language, politics and anthropology and has an artistic family background. As a teenager he started playing around with image editing programs and began to solder gadgets like a synthesizer and to experiment with control interfaces. Making movies with a friend in 1998 and video presentations alongside cabaret shows at his dad’s café brought him to live mix videos around 2002.
Since he’s messing with the full range of visual arts and techniques, from analog to digital: Story telling visuals based on VHS-Tape alongside Northern Soul and Punkrock concerts and conventional VJing at Drum and Bass, Dubstep, HipHop and Techno parties with digital eqipment. At some point got back to the old tech and circuit bent everything do have an analog audio-visual synthesizer and to do AV performances with it. Then moved forth to projection mapping to fit everything onto the screens and walls. Recently trying to do generative visuals with VVVV.
With solid knowledge in light design, theater technology and live visuals 7dex has been organizing many events in his town and region. First media arts installation with analog video and sound devices built by himself in 2008, festivals since 2009. Member of SHINY TOYS – festival for audiovisual experiments – since 2012 (Mülheim an der Ruhr). Blogging on www.visual-society.com about visual arts and equipment since 2011.