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LabACT : We connect to the world through our eyes - Eye-Tracking study

Exploring possibilities of eye-based expression:
The generative relationship between technology and art

The first in the "LabACT" series of exhibitions focused on the applicability and connectibility of information communication and media technology, from a broad viewpoint encompassing medical care, welfare, local industry, and other areas outside the field of art. Themed around "eye-tracking technology", this installment featured three artists who worked out and presented applications of this particular technology together with the YCAM team.
By introducing a variety of works reflecting creative ideas on one specific technology, the exhibition was a showcase of possible new relationships between art and society, generated through 'research' and 'development' based on the idea of sharing.
Date
October 1, 2011 - March 25, 2012
Place
Studio B, Foyer
Poster & Flyer

Works

The EyeWriter 2.0

The EyeWriter development team

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The EyeWriter 2.0

The EyeWriter development team

The EyeWriter project, launched in 2010, was inspired by the desire to help American graffiti artist TEMPT1 to be able to "draw again" after his body was paralyzed due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A group of participants around a core of artists and engineers from all parts of the world developed a mechanism for drawing with the eyes using open-source software and handy devices, the function of which they are continually enhancing. Through the built-in drawing function, games and other contents of "The EyeWriter 2.0", the latest version developed with the involvement of the YCAM staff, visitors to this exhibition could experience the possibilities of artistic expression using the sense of vision in an entertaining way.

The EyeWalker (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

exonemo

Taking a walk with the eyes only

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The EyeWalker (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

exonemo

Taking a walk with the eyes only

Installation enabling visitors to leap through a space by movements of their eyes.
Monitors with attached video cameras were installed at various points at YCAM, from where images were transmitted live to a monitor inside the booth for participants. When focusing on one of the camera/monitor units in the video transmission, the images switched to show the scenery filmed by the camera of that particular unit. In the process, the participant's feeling of immersion in the images is enormously amplified, resulting in a sensation as if leaping at a breakneck speed from one point to another within a real space.
Tour Information
  • February 10 - 26, 2012 Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2012
    Venue: Yebisu Garden Place (Tokyo)

eyefont (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Semitra

Original, singular fonts generated by the line of sight

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eyefont (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Semitra

Original, singular fonts generated by the line of sight

Software art enabling the generation of typefaces through movements of the line of sight.
The contours of letters typed in voluntarily by the participant beforehand are shown on a monitor in the participants' booth. By tracing these contours with the eyes, the participant can write these letters. Letters written with the human eye - an input device that cannot be controlled down to the smallest detail - are highly individual expressions that directly and inevitably reflect the writer's physical nature, and that can be viewed in a database on this work's special website. Other creations include T-shirts and other products based on such eye-tracking data.

Website for this work.
EYEFONT
Tour Information
  • October 16 - November 3, 2015 Tokyo Midtown DESIGN TOUCH
    Venue: Tokyo Midtown (Japan)

Eye-Tracking Informatics (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Seiko Mikami

Observing the act of observation

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Eye-Tracking Informatics (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Seiko Mikami

Observing the act of observation

In this installation, two participants' lines of sight are visualized in a three-dimensional virtual space through eye-tracking.
Based on the concepts of "observing the act of observation" and "sight enacted through chains of consciousness and unconsciousness" behind Seiko Mikami's 1990s work "Molecular Informatics", this installation incorporated current technologies making significant updates to the original work's expressive elements. Arranged in the exhibition space were two large screens and chairs equipped with "The EyeWriter 2.0" eye-tracking devices connected to the screens. Sitting on these chairs, the participants faced images of a three-dimensional virtual space projected onto each screen. In response to the direction of the participants' lines of sight, line structures were generated within the virtual space, the growth process of which conveyed to the participants the haptic qualities of vision that we aren't usually aware of.
Tour Information
  • November 14 - December 15, 2012 SOFT CONTROL: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious
    Venue: Koroška Art Gallery (Slovenia)

  • December 9 - 18, 2011 Desire of Codes
    Venue: NTT Intercommunication Center [ICC] (Tokyo, Japan)

Credit
sound programming: evala
visual programming: Norimichi Hirakawa

Events

Symposium "The EyeWriter – Perspectives beyond development and sharing"

October 1, 2011

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Symposium "The EyeWriter – Perspectives beyond development and sharing"

Held in commemoration of the exhibition opening was a symposium with the artists featured in the main exhibition – Zachary Lieberman, exonemo and Semitra – as well as human interface researcher Hideyuki Ando.
Around a core of case examples of "The EyeWriter", participants in the symposium discussed possibilities of technology-based artistic expression, and the future of sharing culture that is gaining more and more popularity these days.
Date
October 1, 2011
Place
Studio A
Credit
Panelist: Zachary Liebermanexonemosemitra、Hideyuki Ando
Moderator: Kazunao Abe (YCAM), Takayuki Ito (YCAM InterLab)

Profiles

Credit

Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

In association with:

  • Yamaguchi City
  • the Board of Education of Yamaguchi City

支援:

  • 文化庁「平成23年度メディア芸術人材育成支援事業」

協賛:

  • 株式会社資生堂

Co-developed with:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
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