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This ghostly music video was shot entirely on a Microsoft Kinect

This ghostly music video was shot entirely on a Microsoft Kinect


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Microsoft's Kinect never changed gaming the way it was intended, but it continues to endure as a cheap and versatile tool for artists. In this music video from Berlin-based electronic duo Sissi Rada, the depth-sensing camera is used to film the band and the song's subjects in glitchy, half-formed footage. It's not the first time we've seen the Kinect used in this way (there's this eerie music video, and here's an interactive documentary), but it's still brilliantly executed; a sort of morse code pointillism — the dots and dashes of data swirling around as if they were iron filings pulled by a magnet.

Kinect footage shows us how computers often see the world: all surface

It's interesting to think that with the Kinect, Microsoft has actually contributed toward a genuine aesthetic: the depth sensing style of machine vision. With this look you never see the whole image — not the background or context — but just a hollow shell of the main subject; the surface and nothing more. Of course, the Kinect wasn't the first or only tool used to create art that resembles what computers see (filmmaker Timo Arnall published a well-known video compilation on this topic back in 2012, "Robot Readable World"), but Microsoft's camera definitely helped spread its influence just by being so accessible. There aren't many gaming peripherals you can say that about.