Niklas Roy: Instant Art Career.

People-powered paintbrush on pulleys. A charming quasi-cynical installation (I say “quasi” because it is actually very cheery) on the state of commercialized art.

Another example of more low-tech, greater joy.

via MAKE

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Smile-Bot | We Are Matik.

What a nice project. How great to stick your head in a box and see three other faces smiling at you. Faces that are disembodied like a Fig Newton.

And again, I point out the sense of wonder and pleasure at seeing low-tech and low-res come to life. (previously)

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MarionetteBot at United Arrows in Japan is quite the window display. Mannequins + Kinects = window displays that mimic the motions of people passing by.

via NOTCOT.ORG.

I don’t quite see the elegance or additional levels of Aha! in this installation, but if you look at the joy in the faces of the people passing by, I think you have to give credit to the fundamentally low-tech pleasure of puppets. The limits of these strung-up mannequins makes you want to push them farther. It summons more energy from the participant. Compare to any full-motion video interactive, especially those that are operated with buttons on a table.

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