Gerry Straathof
Works in Calgary Canada

I have completed a Masters of Computational Media Design at the University of Calgary. My Thesis used multiple Kinects to determine where people are located in the space directly in front of large screens or displays, presenting this information as coordinates. This project also can display the shape of a person in this space as a low polygon triangular shape. The placement of the Kinects and the ability to approach the screen to touching distance while rendering the shape are unique. My artwork is not limited to such interactions or display.

My artwork is intended to make people question the complacency they have towards their surroundings. I work with photography, video, live camera feeds, programming and interactivity. The work I have done in the past included still images, multitouch and interactive installations. My current work involves using the Kinect to rethink the participants role in their surrounding.

An important part of my practice also includes the publication of online materials, specifically the development of uncensored publications in a free environment, with the intention that eventually a creator will have the option to be paid for their creations. This project is a reaction to the limited use of digital media and is intended to allow the collecting, reselling and sharing of digital media. The first step is nearing completion with individual publications created with a publishing engine. The next step will be to create an online editing & sharing suite, and the final rendition will be a system for downloading and accessing information. It is a work in progress that has been under development for over a year, so far.