Extra-Dimensional Rift
Video projector, computer, custom software in Processing. Dimesions variable.
Exhibited at 108 Occidental Gallery, Seattle, 2009. Curated by Cait Willis.
Video
Synopsis:

A reference to a plot device used in science-fiction and particularly fantasy books and games. The idea of an extra-dimensional rift is that a tear is formed in the fabric of space-time creating a passage to places, eras and even Universes other than our own. The illusion of such a rift is created by projecting a simple generative animation on a surface.

To create your own Extra-Dimensional Rift download the software below and present it in full screen on a video projector set to 640x480 resolution. Aim this projected image on a wall or object, corners work particularly well. Focus the image so it can be lined up properly with it's surroundings. Once it is lined up then defocus according to taste, the defocusing provides additional textural qualities and makes the illusion more convincing, as said, particularly in a corner, but other shaped surfaces may work also.

"Why do we have to search for him?" questions Miss Majestic. "Whatever the problem is with Prime, I am sure he would come out of hiding with the right stimulus. We could create an extra-dimensional "rift," of course it would be fake but I am sure we could make the signature real enough to catch his attention." - From Wardens Fourth Ed. Character Stories

See also Scott Roberts' Dimensional Rift

Software

extraDimensionalRift
windows - os x - linux
built with Processing