DREAM BUBBLE MACHINE | projection on soapbubbles filled with smoke

A dark room with a raw, restless machine. It produces soap bubbles filled with smoke and projected images.
The contents are hard to recognize, they are moving, flickering and finaly inevitably dying. Shown are images of a fortune-uniformed media landscape, that build dreams as fast as it destroys them.
The installation makes light not only visible at the emitter and where it hits an object, but also in the space between. The emerging flying, bodiless images appear as if they were painted in the air with light.

For our first Prototype we invented a combination of a fog- and a bubble machine. A bellow creates the bubbles by blowing the smoke through a tube, which was moistened with soapy water before. This can be done manually by hand or automatically with a motor.
To enable the cameratracking in the dark, the soap bubbles are illuminated with infrared light and also filmed with an IR camera. The position, size and movement of each bubble is recognized by a program written in the visual programming toolkit vvvv. Finaly a short-distance beamer projects the images on the calculated positions and thereby makes the bubbles glow.

Developed by:
Lorenz Potthast and Fabricius Seifert

Supervised by:
Prof. Roland Lambrette at the HfK Bremen

Thanks to Markus Walthert, Malte Stiehl,
Florian Born

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