Hug@ree at UCLA Sci|Art NanoLab “Imagine the impossible– exploring Art and Science in Los Angeles”

Hug@ree is an interactive installation that provides a bond between urban beings and the forest. Participants hug a real tree, triggering their registration in the virtual world for further interaction.
The hug to the tree is detetected by a combination of capacitive sensors and recorded by an IP camera. The captured video is sent to a screen where participants can place the video loop of their hug on a tree structure, becoming leaves of a collective experience. || Time lapse of the first days»

Hug@ree is currently at UCLA in the scope of the Summer Institute Sci|Art NanoLab.
This interactive installation is part of the "Guest lecture: Mónica Mendes" presentation of RTiVISS ongoing research as an UCLA Art|Sci artist in residence, at CNSI Auditorium, June 22, 1.30pm. Here is part of the visual documentation»

... and here is the Sci|Art camera perspective ;) »
+ Mónica's hug» and Rita's » and Adam's » and +...

» The online version of the visual outcomes
» Timelapses of the final days
» Photo gallery of the Hug@ree setup, RTiVISS presentation and Art|Sci

Multiple Hug@ree installations around the world will upload their leaves to an online platform, creating a global shared embrace of nature.



Sci|Art NanoLab 2011
The Sci|Art NanoLab is a UCLA course aimed at making connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts.

Instrumented Tree
"Bidwill Brachychiton" (Sterculia Family),
from Australia
"(…) in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; (...) Because she is my rose." by Saint-Exupéry, in Little Prince

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Activities Program »
Sci|Art day 3/June22 Flickr set »

References and Technical specifications

[See Hug@ree main project page »]