AR | Mobile App Dev | Sculpture
The “Swinging Dolls” project is intended to engage viewers with the creative processes of looking and making. This concept comes from the experiences I have gotten at Carnegie Mellon that encourages cross-disciplinary and multi-media work. It aims to be interdisciplinary as well as a crossing of different art mediums such as game programming, video, and traditional fabrication. Imagine participants in a gallery strolling through a flock of dolls levitated above the ground by the swings they are all perched on. This project was funded by the Carnegie Mellon Small Undergraduate Research Grant and was exhibited in the Miller Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.
What Does it do?
In this piece, users interact with suspended dolls in a gallery through an app they can either download or use on a provided tablet. As gallery pieces, the dolls cannot be touched or handled dangerously. Instead, users may 'push' the dolls in a virtual environment which they are taken to after scanning to code on the doll's back.
As shown in the video, many people enjoyed playing with the dolls. Despite the minimalistic looks of the dolls, they were endearing and inviting for play. Many were taking selfies with the dolls. The app worked well but, of course, there wasn't nearly enough tablets to go around. It is certainly a piece to experience by oneself.