Channels by Blunk is an aesthetic exploration as well as a technical demonstration of the Spout video sharing framework for Windows. Each channel is defined by a colour palette and a realtime graphics application. The user is able to switch between these channels using a TV remote control. The piece ties a thread between the new possibilities enabled by emerging technologies such as Spout and the new impossibilities imposed by disappearing infrastructure such as analog TV.
Under the hood, Resolume is used to switch between video sources being received via Spout. These sources are realtime applications created in different frameworks – Processing, Max, openFrameworks, VVVV and VIZZable. The TV remote signals are converted into OSC using Max and forwarded to Resolume for channel switching as well as TouchDesigner for controlling the video transitions and interactive, mapped projections. Two video feeds are sent from TouchDesigner, one to the analog TV display and the other to a projector to augment the TV and space surrounding it.