Rusty Business Documentation

December 21st, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

Presented at the ITP Winter Show 2009 and NIME 2009, Rusty Business is a video sequencer that produces electronically controlled cartoon antics using large inflatable hammers.

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A database of slapstick comedy gags are executed when inflatable hammers hit push button switches. The interactions performed by the users handling of the hammer produces a unique visual and auditory experience onto the projected montage displays. Every hit from the inflatable hammer triggers a different, unexpected and shocking reaction from the character, conveying his struggles with work, sickness and modern day insanities.


A database of slapstick comedy gags, all performed by a silent comedy character named Rusty, are executed when inflatable hammers smack one of nine push buttons that each accompany one of nine video clips projected on a screen.

The interactions performed by the users handling of the hammer produces a unique visual and auditory experience onto the projected montage displays. Every hit from the inflatable hammer triggers a different, unexpected and shocking reaction from the character, conveying his struggles with work, sickness and modern day insanities. The music and sound effects that accompany Rustys clumsy actions evoke the illusion of space by taking on the function of the background images.

Today I presented my new project Rusty Business at the ITP Winter Show 2009. My project composes video sequences out of gag comedy animations when large inflatable hammers hit push button switches. I will be posting complete documentation for this work by the end of the week.