Smuggling images… the image fulgurator

The image fulgurator… sounds like a device from Star Trek, but it’s more down-to-earth… it’s a device created by Julius von Bismarck,  allowing him to physically manipulate photographs.  OK, doesn’t sound too exotic, but the cool part is that the device actually intervenes when a photo is being taken, by “smuggling” another image on the object or building being photographed, without the photographer being able to detect anything.  The manipulation is only visible on the photo afterwards.
In principle, the Fulgurator can be used anywhere where there is another camera nearby that is being used with a flash.  It operates via a kind of reactive flash projection that enables an image to be projected on an object exactly at the moment when someone else is photographing it.  The intervention is unobtrusive because it takes only a few milliseconds.  Every photo another photographer takes of an object at which the Fulgurator is also aimed is affected by the manipulation.  Hence visual information can be smuggled unnoticed into the images of others… cool!
He’s now one of the artists on display at the SMAK Museum and Vooruit in Ghent for the “Electrified 02 – Hacking Public Space“.

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