As a unique celebration of WWPD, FREE bus rides on
the oh so unique Bus Obscura will be available on a first come first
serve basis only on Sunday, April 27, 12pm-3pm. The Bus Obscura is a passenger bus converted to a multiple aperture camera obscura using a rear projection
technique that allows the individual images to flow into one another.
As the bus moves down the street a 360 degree animated panorama is
Passengers sit in the seats as usual but
instead of looking out on the real scene as it passes by, they see a
real time projection of the same scene. The exterior view from the bus
is projected onto the interior of the bus and the individual apertures
create images that merge into each other and create a real time
animated projection of the world outside. The bus becomes the camera
and the projector and the audience sits inside.
Bus Obscura’s sound track reinforces the cinematic quality of the piece. Sound artists Colleen Burke and Walter Sipser have made soundtracks for each city the bus has visited. Because the
bus is being realized in different cities and environments with
different images, light, ambience and history, a new soundtrack is made
for each venue.