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The FaceMask currently consists of three mini black and white security cameras arranged to focus on the right eye, the mouth, and the entire face, respectively.  The cameras are affixed to a hard-brimmed baseball cap using flexible metal rod to hold them in place, but which also allows for modularity.  These cameras are ideal for stage conditions as they are extremely lightweight, high contrast, and able to be powered from a standard 9 volt battery for a number of hours.  The hat’s cameras are wired, but I as a performer, while interested in working with constraints, need the most mobility I can get.  The solution was to be able to make rapid temporary connections between the camera and the display (in most cases the display is a cathode ray tube television monitor).  Experimenting with soft circuitry and conductive fabrics, I was happy to find out that composite video signal (RCA) can be passed over conductive thread and fabric with no noticeable loss in quality for a short run (less than one foot).  The hat is thusly affixed with six individual panels of conductive fabric, grouped in three pairs of two.  Each pair has a patch that connects to signal of the camera and a patch that connects to ground of the camera by way of conductive thread, metal snaps, and solder.  The device demands that the user force his head against a hard object in order to be operational.  That is, in order for the mask to work, the user slams his head into a television, literally.  This gives a one to one connection with the media.

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