Workshop with Chet Udell

March 7th, 2011

Chet is going to conduct a workshop for us on Tuesday that will focus on using alternative (game) controllers to interact with sound and potentially images.  This workshop will be open to anyone in the class who would like to participate.

In preparation for the workshop:

1.  Please download Pure Data–extended to your laptop:

2.  Download the folder of patches that Chet has prepared for us:

3.  Get your hands on a game controller. Chet recommends Gamestop generic x-box controllers/Madcatz Gamepad for XBox360. You need the following driver to make it work on Macs: Fabian and Shannon have a total of 8 game controllers for Tuesday, but if you have access to these or other controllers please send us a quick email and/or bring your own.

March 7th, 2011

Envision Mirrored Canvases…

March 6th, 2011

I like the “canvas element” metaphor used in HTML5. I am primarily interested in the framing and orchestration of visual media in real time, so the notion of a “frame” or “window” or “container” as preceding content (and shaping/structuring its presentation) is important in my work. When these metaphors are “mirrored”–i.e. physical frames and virtual frames combined into a mixed reality based entity–then Shakespeare’s line “All the world’s a stage” indicates new possibilities for the notion of an artists canvas. Which includes real+virtual performance art in a major way.

Wait…I should back up: I have been thinking more seriously about the potential role of the HTML5 canvas metaphor ever since Dave Braun mentioned that the Envision Center website needed an overhaul. I like that idea. I say push the limits of current web technologies with it and make the site a multi-dimensional portal that presents all of the site information to the public using numerous spatial metaphors to navigate and interact with the info.

I’m blue-skying here and biased to what I think is neat, but my instincts say start by building a virtualized vr-theatre and “mirror” it with the real one. Geo-index and “parent” them as an entity. Then identify every poster frame on the wall and do the same. Then all of the displays and monitors and projection screens. The virtual versions of the displays are far more programmable and dynamic if you: treat the frame holding it as an element of a larger, spatially-indexed entity. The entity being the grouped and geo-tagged set of both physical and virtual displays (including real and virtual cameras too–if necessary).

It also re-casts the notion and utility of museum exhibits, and art galleries, since these spaces would also benefit from such a model. The primary purpose would be to serve/host the media artists’ canvases into-and-through established presentation spaces. Today scientific visualization can be considered a mediated artform as well. All over campus, framed virtual canvases (with multi-dimensional and real time capabilities) will be available for showcasing art and research content. Of course the EC and ETB students would get world-premier access and define the experience, but hey, we can be exclusive for a little while until the “others” get jealous and demand equal and fair access to the new visual forum. And I’m not just talking traditional 2D, audio, or 3D, but live performances and distributed system feeds as well. Mixed reality techniques can be used to enhance and heighten presence for all audience types–local (stage space), remote (video/skype/etc.), or virtual (avatar/virtual camera rig). Once the splendiferous success of the site is revealed, then the same can be done for every projection screen on campus and most of the displays and cameras. It will be controversial, sure, but that’s free advertising.

Spaceship Earth. Travelling Together.

March 4th, 2011

Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House

March 3rd, 2011

‎”We are living in a spheroidal universe. A round spheroidal world–not a cubicle sugar lump world.” -Bucky

Webcam Animal Surveilance

March 3rd, 2011

Even Firefox is doing this

These things are no longer wild, they’re web cartoons

Red Pandas

Cob Construction

March 2nd, 2011

Here is a reference to cob building and how it can be used even in cold and wet environments, just in case anyone is interested in learning more about it..

“From a thermal standpoint, and again universal to all mass regardless of composition, mass can serve as a great benefit in stabilizing temperature swings. Not unlike clay’s ability to store large amounts of water, mass in general has a great ability to store heat.”

“In all, by historic precedence and in modern context alike, cob has earned a place of stature in cold and wet climates, in the northeastern US and beyond.”

Swedish firm unveils eye-controlled laptop

March 2nd, 2011

“We’ve been stuck for a quarter of a century with a keyboard and a mouse. It’s time to move to the next step and eye control technology is the perfect solution.”

waste turned into art

March 2nd, 2011

When i travelled in India in 2005-2006 I visited the town of Chandigarh in northern India. At that time I had no clue it was a modernist city on a grid designed by Le Corbusier, even though I found the structure being completely different than the rest of India. What I remember most from this town was the visit to their rose garden, where i saw something like 2 000 different species of roses – NOT in bloom… and this amazing rock garden made out of what others considered rubbish at the time Chandigarh was constructed. To just give a brief summary this man Nek Chand, who worked for the city, started to create this sculpture park on a waste piece of land outside the outlined plan of Le Corbusier, using whatever waste he could fine and use to create a numerous amount of sculptures. Everything from broken bangles to bottles, fuses and pieces of porcelain.

There was a number of issues connected with this as the garden grew but since I don’t fully remember the story I’ll just leave it that – I do remember that the city wanted to clean the park away but by then it had became a tourist attraction and the city decided to keep it. Enjoy! (there are many videos out there but none that really does the garden right, this place is massive!)

Powers of Ten – Charles and Ray Eames

March 2nd, 2011