Jackson Pollock Installation

Processing · Microsoft Kinect · Canvas

     The Jackson Pollock Installation is inspired by the works of the artist named in the title.  We mounted three Microsoft Kinects on top of an 8 by 8 foot custom canvas and utilized the Processing programming language to create an experience that allows users to digitally paint as Jackson Pollock did for his physical creations.

     Using Processing, we tracked and calculated the position and speed of the users right arm during the downward swing and replicated a sequence of paint sploches, sound, and color that are directly translated from the information gained during the users stroke. The installation can house upwards of 9 total users, each with their own color to paint with. After a specified amount of time, Processing then takes an image of the painting, uploads it to our twitter account, and uses an animation to clean the screen and reset the installation.

     The different Pollock inspired creations can be viewed on twitter.

     This installation won the 2015 Entelechy Award for Best Installation, and is a permanent piece in the Montgomery Hall academic building at Savannah College of Art and Design.

The Jackson Pollock installation is currently on display at the Jepson Center in Savannah, Georgia. The exhibit was unveiled at PULSE Art + Technology Festival, and is slated to be available for visitors until January 2017.