Based in Los Angeles, CA
Google Android + ARCore
A humorous, fun and provocative installation expanding the mythology of our soon to be released TendAR app. The installation combines environmental storytelling, AR and emotion/face recognition technology. The star of the experience is your AI app guide, a fish-like creature who becomes increasingly sentient and amusingly analyzes the partners collaborating in the experience, their emotions and the world around them. The TendAR installation consists of two parts: a sleek booth representing the fictional emotional scanning service: TendAR and an 8 minute version of our intimate, 2 player cooperative AR experience.
TendAR’s Installation riffs off company information found in the ¨FAQ” and “About” sections of the actual App. It is revealed that TendAR’s patented analysis technology is run by of rows of server racks filled with bubbling aquarium tanks: each one housing a single shimmering fish/AI hybrid. Each fish-like bot is presented with face after face for emotional analysis and highly trained to swim in in specific directions (ex. up = “happy”) to deliver its data results.
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About Tender Claws
Tender Claws is a collective/studio operating at the intersection of art, games and tech. It was founded by Danny Cannizzaro and Samantha Gorman in 2014 after around ten years of working on projects that blur boundaries of writing, design, film and code. Our previous hybrid novel PRY was named one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2015.
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Tanya Leal Soto