In an attempt to come up with an idea for the project, I recently had a look back at all the Processing tasks and mini-projects I’ve worked on since we got the brief for inspiration. While most of the things I’ve done have been to practise a specific programming concept or technique, like this sketch which dealt with image loading and handling, some have been more general experimentation with the environment or with an idea that I’ve had.
One of the first sketches I wrote in Processing was a simple drawing tool, which would take a mouse input from the user and draw lines or shapes following the mouse location.
This is an idea which I think would work well when applied in a project with a brightness-tracking based implementation. The act of physically using a light source to draw digital graphics onto the screen provides a strong sense of interactivity and allows the audience to clearly see their contribution to and impact on the work. This is something I believe to be important in an interactive work such as this. This also appeals to the personal, individual interaction methodology I have in mind for the work.
While I think this ‘light drawing’ idea could form a strong core to the project, I do not think it is enough to simply allow drawing to a canvas. This doesn’t really have enough substance to it and doesn’t pertain to a particular media theory or concept. I’m going to keep the idea in mind then, and aim to expand upon it with possible additional functionality and concepts which will bring me closer to a fully-formed idea for a project which will relate to one of these theories and fit with the given brief.