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Sunday, May 22 • 10:00am - 11:00pm
Body Scrub, Gender

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Sensing a new convergence of the Cinematic and Performing Arts, Kurosh uses inexpensive video game technology to amplify the body language. On stage, his Body Scrub Device returns control of the audience experience​ to performers. And off the stage, it is a virtual fun-house mirror encouraging spectators to become the spectacle. Body Scrub; Gender was intended for display at/near public bathrooms. It reflects viewer-participants as male and female symbols, suggesting gender is fluid, and not a binary as indicated at these facilities.

Title: Body Scrub, Gender
Media: Interactive Installation
Hardware: Kinect sensor, dual-boot Mac mini, High Definition LED screen; 
Software: Unity game-engine, Zigfu plug-in, Photoshop, After Effects
Credits: Kurosh ValaNejad created the Body Scrub device at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  Game Innovation Lab Research Associate Todd Furmanski wrote the code, Art assets used to develop and test the software were created by USC Animation MFA candidates Nesli Erten. And technical guidance and artistic encouragement was provided by Vangelis Lympouridis, Visiting Scholar at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Kurosh ValaNejad

Research Artist, USC Cinema
Kurosh ValaNejad is an Iranian-American who was born an American-Iranian in Tehran in 1966 to an Iranian father and an American mother.  In 1977, just before the Iranian Revolution, he moved to Midwest City, Oklahoma.  He now lives in the west Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.   Since 2001, he has helped develop well-meaning computer applications, aka Serious games, at USC research labs where his work has... Read More →



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