Developed using face tracking software and a particle system, my piece, Particle Flame, identifies the location of the user’s eyes on the canvas and blasts a golden yellow particle from the bottom edge of the screen. The particles leaps through this virtual space speeding towards the point created by our own physical location.
As the audience begins to move, the particles begin to flicker and dance just as the flames from a campfire, or the rays of the sun seem to dance and move in space. As the piece tracks our eyes, our feet stay firmly planted and our swaying upper bodies begin to resemble the digital flames that we are controlling. We begin to embody the flame and have become the physical manifestation of the virtual flames we control.