Testing Installation 1

15 Jan

Today I begun testing my installation in the Weymouth foyer, this was achieved by using an external usb webcam and my laptop plugged into the wall mounted screens via HDMI cable. Initially I decided to use the monitor that was positioned facing into the foyer space as I thought this area would provide the most traffic and therefore high chance of people viewing the installation. However after some testing I realised this wasn’t the best location for my project to be displayed. This is when I chose to move my setup around the corner/behind the original screen and use the monitors pointing towards the entrance of the foyer. The usb camera used was helpful as I was able to place it above the screen being used so that it captured video at the eye level of the viewers, this was the optimal position.

After setting up the installation everything was working as planned and surprisingly no new issues where discovered. A problem I have mentioned in a previous blog was that it was unclear wether distance between the camera and faces was going to be a issue until the testing process. Luckily after some self testing and passerby interactions it was clear that faces even in the background of the video capture where still being picked up so no issue arrived thankfully.

I received a mixture of reactions from people within the space, as i chose the location facing the entrance i was able to judge individual reactions very easily. Many people would glance at the display and shy away as they know that the are being observed/recorded, then as they come on to screen and they where being tracked so the screen would then blur it was noticeable that they would then not shy away from the screens as normal. Many variations of this action where noted and was very positive, however a downfall of the location i believe was that sometime as people where in a rush they didn’t pay much attention to the screen and therefore walk by and not have any reaction. This is understandable and can’t be changed unless forcing attention to the screen by asking people questions on what they thought of the installation.

Overall I feel that the testing was a success and that no immediate changes where needed. The only thing that I want to do differently is to ask some peoples opinions as this is something I didn’t engage in within the space. To do this I plan on setting up the installation at home and letting friends and housemates interact with it and seeing what they have to say.

Below are some photos and a video to show the final installation within the space.

No face detected no blur applied

No face detected no blur applied

Face detected blur applied

Face detected blur applied

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