Joon Y. Moon

Augmented Shadow

Joon Y. Moon

source: highlike

Work: Augmented Shadow is a design experiment producing an artificial shadow effect through the use of tangible objects, blocks, on a displayable tabletop interface. Its goal is to offer a new type of user-experience. The project plays on the fact that shadows present distorted silhouettes depending on the light. Augmented Shadows take the distortion effect into the realm of fantasy. Shadows display below the objects according to the physics of the real world. However, the shadows themselves transform the objects into houses, occupied by shadow creatures. By moving the blocks around the table the user sets off series of reactions within this new fantasy ecosystem. In this installation, the shadows exist both in a real and a virtual environment simultaneously. It thus brings augmented reality to the tabletop by way of a tangible interface. The shadow is an interface metaphor connecting the virtual world and users. Second, the unexpected user experience results from manipulating the users’ visual perceptions, expectations, and imagination to inspire re-perception and new understanding. Therefore, users can play with the shadows lying on the boundary between the real, virtual, and fantasy. Augmented Shadow utilizes this unique interface metaphor for interactive storytelling. Maximizing the magical amusement of AR, it is embedding an ecosystem where imaginary objects and organic beings co-exist while each of them influences on each other’s life-cycle, even though it is not in use by users. Light and shadow play critical roles in this world’s functions causing chain reactions between virtual people, trees, birds, and houses. A set of tangible blocks allows users to participate in the ecosystem. Users can influence on the system by playing with the blocks or observe the changes of the shadows as if kids were playing with an ant farm.
Photographer: Joon Y. Moon
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source: metalocuses

Augmented Shadow is an experiment that produces an artificial shadow effect using blocks over a tabletop interface. The objective is to offer a new type of experience to the user where shadow transform objects and seemingly give life to the human creatures the occupy the houses. By moving the objects across the table, they transform shadows, creating a fantasy world where with people, trees and birds.

In this installation, the shadows exist as a real environment as well as a virtual one, playing with the creation of a metaphor that connects the virtual world to its users. These same users can manipulate blocks to create new perceptions and new worlds, forming the shadows they want, playing with light and with the limits of reality and fantasy.

Technology offers us new creative possibilities and connections between people and machines. Starting June 21st, you can try this interaction or other pieces at the exhibition, Interaction Laboratory. The senses of machines (I/O/I) which runts until 2012 it Espain 1 at the DHUB (Montcada, 12).
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source: moma

Installation with aluminum, MDF, acrylic, mirror, rear-projection screen, computer, projector, IR LED, IR camera, fan, power supply, and C++, OpenGL, openFrameworks, and ARToolKit software
42 x 42 x 37″ (107 x 107 x 96 cm)
The effect of Joon Y. Moon’s ghostly ecosystem of shadow creatures and objects is created with blocks on a tabletop that functions as a rear-projection screen and has a computer, infrared camera, and light source installed below it. The shadows exist in both a real and fantasy environment; animations transform the blocks into houses and awaken creatures around them. Moving the blocks around the table sets off programmed reactions: people gravitate toward a light source, trees grow around it, and birds fly away from the dark.
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source: unionpress

이번에 전시되는 ‘오그멘티드 쉐도우(Augmented Shadow)’ 작품을 보면 그의 특성이 드러난다. 이 작품은 직사각형 흰 테이블 위에 그 위에는 희기도 하고, 투명하기도 한 큐브들이 아무런 계획 없이 놓인 것처럼 자유롭게 흩어져 있다. 그들 사이를 점하고 있는 새떼, 자그마한 집, 마치 기호와 같아 보이는 사람 그리고 나무들이 그림자 형태로 존재한다.

테이블 위의 큐브를 이리저리 움직이다 보면 큐브가 고요하게 움직이면 그 모든 것들이 숨죽이듯 움직이며, 요란한 큐브의 움직임은 급작스런 요소들의 움직임을 불러냄을 알 수 있다. 이와 같이 작은 이미지의 이동을 사용해 관객에게 변화를 직접 체험하게 해줘 예술 작품에 쉽게 다가갈 수 있도록 하는 것이 문준용의 특징이다.

한편, 뉴욕 현대미술관을 비롯해 광주디자인비엔날레, 미디어시티서울 등에 전시되면서 인기를 누린 바 있는 문용준의 이번 전시는 27일(화)까지 서울 종로 갤러리고도에서 열린다.