This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature

The Creators Project brought its extremely noisy, techie, and arty show to San Francisco this past weekend. The most exciting exhibit by far was the one that transformed you into a giant bird—or a flock of birds, depending on where you were standing.

Chris Milk's "The Treachery of Sanctuary" loomed at the back of the Herbst Pavillion, with three giant 16-foot by 22-foot tall screens in a triptych format showing giant birdlike shadows. Upon closer inppection it became clear the shadows were being created by people standing behind the screens, with a huge reflecting pool separating them from the screen.

Motion-sensing Kinects detected peoples' movement. In the first panel, the top part of your body appeared to decompose into a flock of birds. In the second panel, birds swooped down, tearing your shadow apart creating a sort of violent but irresistible scene. The third panel was the most impressive: waving your arms gave your shadow thrillingly huge and powerful-looking avian wings. Milk also created this awesome finale involving beach balls imbedded with specially-programmed LEDs for Arcade Fire at Coachella last year.

Check out the rest of the images from the weekend-long Creators Project event, which was a collaboration between VICE and Intel and included a giant 40-foot by 40-foot light and (very loud) sound cube called Origin (which you may have seen at Coachella last year), a short and ear-drum-busting film Life on Mars Revisited featuring outtakes from footage recorded by Mick Rock and re-imagined by Barney Clay, and performances by Zola Jesus, Shabazz Palaces and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others. The underlying goal of the event seem to be to find new ways of experiencing jarringly loud noises. I think by the time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs went on around 10:45, I could feel the sound shaking my kidneys.

This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature

The Treachery of Sanctuary
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This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature

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This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature

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This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature Social Print Studio teamed up with engineers from Intel Labs to create a Kinect-powered real-time Instagram installation called #Creators Live. Visitors could scroll through Instagram photos projected on the wall and add their own shots to the display by tagging them #creators.
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This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature "Six Forty by Four Eighty" by Zigelbaum + Coelho The squares are 4-inch by 4-inch "pixels" that can be arranged like magnets on a refrigerator and change color when you touch them. Continue to make contact and you can transform any other pixel you touch simultaneously into that same color. You can even do it by holding hands with your friend and having them touch one.
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This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature "Six Forty by Four Eighty" by Zigelbaum + Coelho
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This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature Origin
United Visual Artist's light sculpture is the largest responsive installation built to date. Its fluid light movements, accompanied by a foreboding score by Scanner, made the work seem like a noisy beast.
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This Art Transforms You Into a Bird-Like Creature People waited in a very long line in the cold San Francisco wind to be devoured by the beast like so.
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