michael naimark

Talking Head Projection

Talking Head Projection was an experiment in enhanced tele-presence. The idea was an extension of the popular head projection in Disney’s Haunted Mansion, where the moving image of a woman is projected on a face-shaped screen, resulting in true 3D (and erroneously referred to as "holography"). Talking Head Projection used a moving face-shaped screen, mounted in a pan-tilt gimbal, whose movement was driven by the actual head movement of our subject. This movement was encoded and recorded during filming, along with image and sound, on super8 film.


M.I.T. Council for the Arts annual meeting, M.I.T., 1980


Produced with Nicholas Negroponte and Chris Schmandt, Architecture Machine Group, MIT.