Paul was created for the 2015 Electrofringe Festival in Sydney, Australia. A robotic structure that was a simple black and white representation of an eye and was mounted on a two axis gimbal. It received facial tracking information from an attached camera such that it was able to follow passing individuals. Surrounding the centre of the eye was a fluid-filled PVC pipe connected to a bubble injector, whose rate varied depending on the number of faces that were being detected. When the eye was overwhelmed with visual input, its tracking became jittery and the rate of bubbling increased as if it were afraid. This was an interesting exploration of anthropomorphism, where the audience experienced a sense of power and fear under the gaze of this object.
For this work, our engineer and designer Sean worked with the Australian-based NODE laboratory.