Carnival Ride

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a.k.a. "Roller Coaster"


  • Motivation

We are interested in how our eyes see things, especially colors. We are also interested in Opart and creating illusions. We started off thinking about how we get dizzy after riding certain carnival rides. We wanted to simulate this dizziness feeling you feel as well as the sensations you experience, such as yelling at the top of your lungs when riding a roller coaster for example.

  • Interactive Paradigm

The viewer begins by placing his head in the box of mirrors and staring at the colorful, moving spiral. The viewer is able to scream as loud as he wants to as if he is riding a roller coaster or any other carnival ride. The louder the viewer screams, the slower the spiral moves on the screen. Also, instead of randomly changing colors, the spiral becomes a simple black and white. We made the spiral different colors in order to play with the viewer’s vision and create optical illusions, which is sort of like a carnival ride on its own. To intensify the experience, we force the user to place his head in a box of mirrors that resembles a "fun house". The mirrors and the yelling work together to simulate the feeling you get when you go on a carnival ride. This project is intended to create a level of discomfort and a nauseating feeling.

  • Technical Description

The spiral-looking image is created through Processing. The image will be manipulated by the input of the computer’s microphone.


  • Functional Diagrams

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  • Visual Concept






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