Ethan Miller

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Structurally Open

February, 2005

Structurally Open uses live video to present the viewer with a tentatively organized image of themselves. The image, composed of discreet colored areas, will fall apart when movement is detected. Stillness and patience are rewarded with an increasingly resolved image.

The piece functions as an alternate form of software interaction, emphasizing slowness and reflection. In addition, it points to issues surrounding identity and change. As biological, 'languaging' systems, we are constantly open to the exchange of molecules, energy, and information. How is it that form and identity are maintained?

Structurally Open was programmed using Processing. Source code is available here (requires a video camera to work).


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