Developing The Purple Wall: PComp Final Project Plan

Over the summer I was developing an interactive video project called “The Purple Wall” (https://jarrettslavin.com/2015/07/21/the-purple-wall/). It’s a proposed art installation that would run in a museum leading up to the 2016 election, featuring a rotation of audio from the red, blue, and purple perspectives that fade in and out depending on where you stand (the lights and video also shift color depending on where you stand).  I can envision The Purple Wall as a an immersive, transformative experience that leads users to realizations of perspective, as well as a potential tool for informing voters leading up to the election, given careful selection of informative, illuminating audio, frequently updated (over the summer I had a Bernie Sanders speech in the Blue slot, Trump in the Red, and Allan Watts in Purple.  The possibilities are endless).
So yea, here is a rough, brainstormy rundown of the technical specs for this particular PComp final project.
–A room, 10 feet wide.  Colored lights, and a video projected on the front wall of TV STATIC in a blue, red, or purple hue
—2 proximity sensors 10 feet away from each other, facing each other, on the left and right side of the room.
THESE PROX SENSORS CONTROL 3 THINGS:
-Audio (.mp3s played via computer)
-Video (looping .avis)
-Lights (RGB LED– we will just control ONE (or maybe 2) for this project, but eventually expandable to a roomful.
—Each of these shifts from red—>purple—>blue as you move from right to left.
—There is a separate track/video/setting for right, middle, and left.
—Closer to left prox = increase BLUE lights, Blue audio volume, and Blue video opacity.
—Closer to right prox = increase RED lights, Red audio volume, and Red video opacity.
—If you are in the MIDDLE— when out of range (which stores latest value at max range) of each sensor:
-LIGHTS ARE PURPLE
-RED & BLUE VIDEOS ARE EACH AT .5 OPACITY
-PURPLE Audio is at MAX.
-RED & BLUE AUDIO are at 0 VOLUME.

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