Every Step allows a participant to create a short experimental animation while they walk. Each participant is given an armband with a mounted camera and pedometer. The pedometer is mounted inside the armband and is connected to the camera. The camera is mounted on the armband and points towards the sky. The pedometer acts as a trigger for the camera, and an image of whatever is above the participant is taken every time a step is made.
To create an animation, the participant simply puts on the armband and takes a walk wherever they would like to go. When the participant returns from the walk, the images are transferred from the camera’s memory and loaded into a custom software program. The software program uses the images to create a frame-by-frame animation and to create a soundtrack for the animation. When the program completes the animation, a DVD is made and given to the participant.
Matthew (matt) Roberts is a new media artist specializing in real-time video performance and new media applications. His work has been featured internationally and nationally, including shows in Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, and Italy and in the following cities of the United States, New York, Miami, and Chicago. He was awarded the Transitio Award during theTransitiomx_02: International Festival of Electronic Art and Video 2007 and his work has been featured in several large circulation news media such as New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired. He is the founder of MPG: Mobile Performance Group (http://www.mobileperformancegroup.com), an Associate Professor of Art and Program Director of Digital Arts at Stetson University (http://digart.stetson.edu). He received his M.F.A. from The University of Illinois at Chicago and lives in Florida, USA.
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