HBLA für künstlerische Gestaltung (AT)
Show Your Character is a project by students in David Panhofer’s course in Media-based Image Processing at the HBLA–High School for Artistic Design. The class spent a whole semester working on character design, whereby the assignment was for each character to embody three qualities selected at random.
The ultimate objective was to produce an interactive installation in which the characters would come into play. The way this has now been implemented is that a character appears on screen and encourages installation visitor to interact with it and/or to imitate it. Essentially, this is a sort of mirror that makes it possible to get into the character on screen. To bring about this “live animation,” the students used their characters to create puppets whose individual body parts had to be named and divided up according to certain criteria and attributes for the animation program.