What's Brewing: Crystalline_Space_Fort

The art/tech collective, Snax_and_Macs (Lucy MatchettNicole Messier, Joselyn McDonald) designed Crystalline_Space_Fort. The modular installation with responsive projection piece was inspired by our desire to allow participants to experience wonder again in an immersive space/deep sea environ.  We wanted to share our curiosity with others by building an immersive interactive installation that was designed to replicate the exploration of an alien planet and deep sea elements with responsive and generative openFrameworks projections and sound sketches. 

Snax_and_Macs also wanted to break down the steps for creating an installation by having a variety of instructables corresponding to specific elements of the spaceFort.  The different tutorials we created are:

  • openFrameworks + Capacitive Sensing + spacebrew
  • openFrameworks + motion sensor + Arduino + spacebrew
  • openFrameworks + phone accelerometer + spacebrew
  • openFrameworks + vibration sensors + Arduino + spacebrew
  • DIY Module Installation

 Check out our instructables profile for the tutorials. 

spaceFort Technical Infrastructure 

The code for our project can be found on github here. There are  three OF sketches connected to different sensors which are a motion sensor, sound, and capacitive touch sensors.  To use the OF sketches, you’ll need to install the spacebrew libraries.  To run the \motion sensor sketch, you’ll need to install the firmata library in Arduino, and to run the  capSense sketches, you’ll need to install the capSense library

 Lucy setting up the A frame for the fort. 

Lucy setting up the A frame for the fort. 

 Joselyn applying the paper outer shell and inner paper walls and floor. 

Joselyn applying the paper outer shell and inner paper walls and floor. 

 Nicole concentrating hard on getting the motion sensor to work. 

Nicole concentrating hard on getting the motion sensor to work. 

 Installation is working, and now people are entering the fort. Projections begin when people enter the fort. 

Installation is working, and now people are entering the fort. Projections begin when people enter the fort. 

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 Participant touching the rubber sensors that trigger changes in the installation's images. Certain sensors trigger shape changes, and sensors change the color. 

Participant touching the rubber sensors that trigger changes in the installation's images. Certain sensors trigger shape changes, and sensors change the color. 

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 Space_Attractor installation that changes shape with users sounds. 

Space_Attractor installation that changes shape with users sounds. 

 Installation from the top.

Installation from the top.