Talking Head Projection was an experiment in enhanced tele-presence.
The idea was an extension of the popular head projection in Disneys
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.