GoT Sword Experience

An art installation inspired by Game of Thrones.

With: Red Paper Heart
For: HBO / Civic Entertainment Group
Role: Graphics and interaction developer

In this interactive experience, fans are asked to create their own portrait via swordfighting. After having their picture taken, they face a 10×10 foot projection with targets appearing before them. By swinging Arya’s wooden sword, they can release artwork elements inspired by the Game of Thrones universe, such as blades, dragon claws, feathers and fur, which reveal with their photo using techniques inspired by double exposure photography.

A custom engine built in Cinder is responsible for both the interaction –detecting the sword angle and position– and the creation of the final artwork. A generative system ensures that every portrait is unique, while physics simulations and game logic are used to give realism and a sense of urgency to the experience. A smaller Cinder app was also built interface with a Canon camera at the photography station.

The Sword Experience was installed at SXSW, Austin and Comic Con, San Diego 2015.