Entry Title: " Please Smile"
Name:
Hye Yeon Nam
, Atlanta, United States
Category: Installation, Non-Professional/Student


Entry Description:

Please smile is an exhibit involving five robotic skeleton arms that change their gestures depending on a viewerâs facial expressions. It consists of a microcontroller, a camera, a computer,
five external power supplies, and five plastic skeleton arms, each with four motors. It incorporated elements from mechanical engineering, computer vision perception to serve artistic expression with
a robot. Audiences interact with âPlease smileâ in three different ways. When no human falls within the view of the camera, the five robotic skeleton arms choose the default position,
which is bending their elbows and wrists near the wall. When a human steps within the view of the camera, the arms point at the human and follow his/her movements. Then when someone smiles in front of
it, the five arms wave their hands. Through artwork such as âPlease smile,â I would like to foster positive audience behaviors.

About the Artist:

Hye Yeon Nam is a digital media artist working on audio/video/robotic installation. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds an M.F.A. in digital media from the Rhode
Island School of Design. She foregrounds the complexity of social relationships by making the familiar strange, and interpreting everyday behaviors in unexpected ways. Hye Yeon's art has been
showcased in Smithsonian in Washington D.C. (2011-2012), Times Square, the art gallery Eyebeam and The Tank, the conflux, the D.U.M.B.O. Art Festival in New York, SIGGRAPH (2008, 2010), CHI (2010),
NIME (2010), ISEA (2011), the Lab in San Francisco, and several festivals in China, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Australia, Denmark, and Switzerland. Her work has been broadcast on the Discovery Channel
(Canada) and LIVE TV show Goodday Sacramento, published in Leonardo Journal and featured in Wired, Makezine, Bussiness Insider, Slashdot, Engadget, and among other publications.