Controlling the Wild West is an interactive installation that captures and uses the viewer’s/user’s movements and positions in space to activate motors attached to dowel rods that have images cut out of a photo book of paintings by Western Artist Frederick Remington. As viewers move around in the space, different characters are physically animated at different rates, speeds, rhythms, and directions, creating new possible interpretations of narrative scenes from the wild west. All of the functional and process characteristics are available for the viewer to see and experience so that they feel as part of the making of the piece. The work is both accessible and activated by the viewers. This scenic narrative begins to evolve into an interface that affects the way viewers see one another within the space.
Materials: 3 Basic Stamp Microcontrollers, wood, dowel rods, photos cut out of an Frederick Remington book, foam gator board, dirt, steel bowl, servo motors, coat hangers, office clips, ultrasonic rangefinders