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Famous People Looking At You

Variation of an art exhibit by Harry Shearer.
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A gallery of framed video head shots of famous people that follow you as you walk by.

You'd need to shoot closeup videos of some famous people by walking by them and getting their attention so they'd look at you as you walked by, saying something to get their attention. This might be friendly or weird to get varied reactions.

Then you create the gallery using an idea that a character voice on the Simpsons TV show did, having videos of famous people's faces before they were to do an interview so it's a video but they're not doing anything. Picture slightly animated portraits.

So the difference with this update is, there are sensors in the frame so that when a person is approaching at a certain angle, the video playing in the frame plays a particular part of this video you shot such that it looks like the person is turning and making eye contact with the gallery visitor. As the person walks by, Vladimer Putin continues looking at the person and his head turns to track the motion. As other sensors in the frame determine the person's location and play a video portion of the person in the frame, Putin's head turns, his eyes watch the person walking by, then turns away to watch the next person approaching.

The gallery visitor continues on to be gawked at by Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of England, Obama, Bill Clinton etc.

Depending on how you got their attention, there would be various reactions to the people walking by. You could try to get cliche' facial expressions that would fit that individual's persona such as, getting a beautiful, shapely woman to video Bill Clinton saying "Hey you big sexy beast!" to try to get a leering, flirtatious googley eyes reaction from him for instance. I wouldn't suggest being rude, but creative ways to get their attention might make for some interesting reactions.

Then of course there's the much simpler version where you just project the video image in a concave sculpture of the person's face so it does that optical illusion of following you but that wouldn't be very interesting to experience.

doctorremulac3, Apr 24 2019


       I would probably be willing to be recorded for this.
notexactly, Apr 25 2019

       Yep, there's an ISO for Queens of England, mostly it's corgi walking stuff, with lots of tick boxes etc.
not_morrison_rm, Apr 25 2019


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