Lightwell produced two pieces of multimedia for Spiders - Alive and Deadly at the Australian Museum, an interactive exhibition that allows visitors to engage in experiences that provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of spiders.
We produced an interactive floor projection featuring the Communal Huntsman Spider, and an immersive cave experience about the life and habitat of the Tasmanian Cave Spider.
The interactive forest floor projection is located at the entrance to Spiders and acts as an attractor and fun introduction to the exhibition. As visitors step onto the projection, they hear the crunching of leaves underfoot and see Communal Huntsman spiders scuttling into the exhibition space.
The floor projection uses four projectors and four Kinect cameras mounted overhead to track the positions of visitors. We created the application using C++ OpenFrameworks.
The Tasmanian Cave Spider experience forms a key component of the Spiders exhibition.
As visitors enter the dark tunnel, they are surrounded by sounds of dripping water, echoes and points of torchlight revealing background projections of cave walls, stalagmites, crevices and spider webs.
In the centre of the cave, visitors' shadows are cast onto one of the walls, where Tasmanian Cave Spiders crawl on their bodies and they can interact with sticky sheet webs.
All applications were created using C++ OpenFrameworks.
Spiders- Alive and Deadly opened at the Australian Museum in Sydney in October 2016.