Videodome is custom helmet system by Garnet Hertz that creates surreal and frenetic video footage of your face. It uses sixteen micro video cameras mounted inside of a clear helmet, with a video switching system that rapidly rotates between cameras. Because all cameras point toward the face, the vantage point spins around the person's nose. Completely analog, the system is a "cutting-edge old school mediated sensation" (Shwartzman) that resembles a paranoid or narcissistic surveillance: a "panicked Street View of the face" that is part Lady Gaga and part scientific imaging contraption.
Videodome premiered in "See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception" - an exhibition curated by Madeline Schwartzman at the Thomson Gallery in San Jose California during March 2013. This exhibition is an extension of her book by the same title.
Technical Rider Information
Project transports as two pieces of standard checked airline baggage.
Equipment required for installation:
Two identical data projectors / beamers with composite video input.
Power: helmet requires two three-prong North American outlets (NEMA 5-15, 120VAC, 15A).
Typically installs in one day.
Requires ceiling anchor capable of supporting 18kg / 40lb.
Scissor lift or scaffold required.
No daily startup or shutdown required.
Operates non-stop for months - suitable for long term operation.
Early Project Sketches
This is a project by Garnet Hertz. Contributors to this project include: