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Interactive installation for babies, children, and their caretakers


Crocker Art Museum


Audio Designer, Coder, Visual Designer, in collaboration with Michelle Lee


Ableton Live, Adobe Illustrator, Processing, Unity C#, XBox Kinect


Exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum from May 2017 to October 2017


The purpose of the grant was to create art that could help make babies and children school-ready. I designed a multi-layered experience that engaged the developing senses of babies, the playfulness of children, and the emotional development of their caretakers.

The piece features a 20-foot stuffed cat, motion-reactive projected visuals, and music that changes depending on a visitor's position in the space.


Kinect depth vision proof-of-concept

Using the XBox Kinect to create motion-reactive visuals in the Unity game engine

kinect vision

The giant cat was inspired by the work of childhood psychologist DW Winnicott. He theorised that our childhood relationships to soft toys deepen our relationships to reality and ourselves, and prepare us to be emotionally mature adults.

It is meant to remind adults of what it was like to be small, and to have a stuffed companion. Young visitors have enjoyed climbing over the cat and cuddling with it while watching the projection. Some children have spent over an hour with the cat.

projection imagery

Imagery in the projection tells the story of twenty-something reconnecting with their childhood selves.

Darin E. Reyes is a visual designer and creative coder living in San Luis Obispo, California.

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