|James George,Jonathan Minard
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“What does it feel like to think with code? How can emerging technologies enable us to actualize our dreams? How has online sharing transformed the way artists collaborate?”
Jonathan Minard and James George, Co-Authors, on Kickstarter
In the interactive documentary CLOUDS, content and form are one. A documentary focused on the creative coding community, CLOUDS exposes the beauty of computer code through 3D video.
The CLOUDS team places “hacker-artists” into the spotlight, in part to disprove the stereotype that code is purely functional. When the project is released in 2014, audience members will choose their own path through nearly 50 interviews with luminaries like Casey Reas; co-authors of Processing, Zach Lieberman, a co-founder of openframeworks; Fernanda Viégas of Google’s Big Picture Data Visualization research group; and science fiction writer Bruce Sterling. CLOUDS co-authors James George and Jonathan Minard conceive of the interviews as an interconnected network that viewers can explore from any angle, pursuing a particular question across interview subjects, then rerouting their path with new questions of their own.
Minard and George capture CLOUDS‘ 3D footage with a video camera that they’ve built using commercially available parts, hacking together a Canon 5D with Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor, originally marketed as part of the Xbox 360 video gaming console. The team also developed an open source software library, the RGBD toolkit, to read their 3D footage. The project has sparked an open source 3D filmmaking initiative, RGB+D.
Check out these clips, early versions, and additional materials for a deeper look into the CLOUDS project.
CLOUDS: Beta, the first linear, non-interactive version of the project from 2012:
RGBD Toolkit, the technology behind CLOUDS