Walter

Creator | 2012
Walter watches your eyes as you watch a film, and every time that you blink, it edits the video. Based on the theories of Walter Murch in “In the Blink of An Eye,” I transformed the subliminal action of blinking into a method of interaction with a film. This kinetoscope uses your reaction to the images (your blinks) as an indication to advance to the next shot of the film.

I built “Walter” using a hacked PS3 Eye camera. Based on instructions from the creators of Eye Writer, I attached an infrared LED in order to track the eye. I adapted a program in processing, originally built by Dan O’Sullivan, that looks for the infrared light in relationship to the pupil. Whenever your eye is closed, the reflection vanishes, and the program moves to the next in a sequence of images. So, blink by blink, you control the flow of the film — and are delivered a narrative customized to your interests and attention.

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