Last Few Experiments

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Tweet Response

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The Arudino is set up to respond to the tweets that the entire community of twitter is posting. The program is designed so that whenever anyone in the world tweets the term “emergency”, the red LED’s flash. The Arduino is scanning twitter every twelve seconds, the maximum number of requests that twitter allows in an hour, for the term emergency. Important to recognize is that the lights flash every time the Arduino searches for the word emergency, and more importantly, if the delay of 12 seconds was removed, the light would be constantly flashing or remain constantly on. The idea was to represent the prevalence of the emergency concept in modern society. People seem to be under the impression that either the state of the world or the state of one’s own life is in disarray or emergency always. Society has become fixated on the idea that every problem earns the right to be an emergency- be it a real or imagined one.

Also demonstrated by this real world example:


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– You could put a tilt sensor on a toilet flusher so it tweeted every time someone went into the bathroom.

-you could have a camera placed somewhere (like a doorway) and every time someone walks through the doorway, their picture is taken and then posted on twitter.

-you could put a gps in your shoe and tweet your location every so often.

-some sort of sensor that detects movement (tilt maybe?) in combination with a lillypad arduino so that every time you got undressed it tweeted.

-Place a radiation sensor in the labs around campus, doherty studios too, and have it tweet every so often

Looking Outwards

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THE CREATORS || Audio-reactive touch application from Subtiv on Vimeo.

The Creators, by students at the University of Sydney, have created a work in which viewer interaction is multidimensional. The idea that the viewer’s existence has both a direct and indirect relationship to the images on screen lends itself to a much greater notion of the impact a human has on the rest of the world. As stated, the amount of viewer interaction has a significant impact on the image, which means every individual has a completely unique experience with the piece.

Alison Mealy has created an incredibly interesting representation of information available over the internet. The image created is a real time (10 second delay) map of characters in an online role playing game of where the characters are in the world, and in relation to one another. The dialogue between the relationship between characters, and the relationship to the people controlling the characters is highly interesting to me. The map becomes a representation of real and imaginary space.

Alphabot, by Nikita Pashenkov, caught my interest because of its relation to the puppet project we completed. I myself could visualize what code I would need to make something like this. However, I can also appreciate the smoothness of the motion, and how the robot really becomes an organism, and not an assembly of parts. I think this piece is a good example of continuous movement, something a lot of the class struggled with, myself included, on the puppet assignment.

Arduino One

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I used the double potentiometer for this assignment.

Looking Outward

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Interactive Data visualisation Installation from montani on Vimeo.

Interactive Data Visualization by Vimeo Member- Montani struck me as a piece that I personally feel is within my reach. Though this work is by no one famous, the way Montani is utilizing the hardware makes sense to me, and resonates with how I feel I could employ programming and or an arduino. The piece is simple, but powerful. It creates a new way to watch a movie, but still remains a show. Though not the most complex piece, this work stuck out because I can begin to formulate how I would accomplish this.

Singing Trash Can from Luis Daniel on Vimeo.

Similar to the piece above, Singing Trashcan by Luis Daniel was a piece I selected becomes it seems approachable. Yet, more importantly, the piece is very satisfying in it’s humor and simplicity. It’s also the type of work that opens a lot of doors for more complex pieces. Though the trashcan is singing something funny, what if it asked every person that threw something away if it was recyclable? A simple change of output using the exact same code and hardware gives the piece a whole new meaning.

This work, Breathe by Hilary Hayes of OCAD, creates an incredibly interesting dialogue between technology and biology. The lilly pad arduino embedded in the scarf is hooked up to a temperature sensor. When a warmer temperature is detected, lights fade in and then out as it cools- all in response to your breathing. The actually set up for this piece is very simple, we even made this circuit in class. However, utilizing this simple set up during a time when being aware of ones temperature and their environment is even more pertinent heightens this technology to a whole new level. It’s a beautifully simple visualization of a biological function.

Looking Outwards

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Today and Tomorrow, by George Chamoun, composites the images of old and new movie stars to create one single image.  The unification of the celebrities creates an intriguing dialogue between past and present.  It raises the issues of what is “desireable”.  It’s somewhat shocking to see how perfectly they overlap, its quite a comment on how what is considered beautiful hasn’t changed that drastically.  It’s also quite and interesting effect to be switching between two personas, shifting between Natalie Portman or Audrey Hepburn.











While this work, Historical Snapshots of Birth Trends by The Barbarian Group, is very interesting as far as how its focusing the information- what contributes to birth rates in different eras- I am more interested in the idea of creating image out of data.  This new trend of visualizing all the data or statistics available on the Internet is one of the best ways to possibly use it as a resource.  These maps have the ability to create relationships between seemingly disparate parts as well as be informative or entertaining.








LastClock by NewMediology highlights ones of my favorite issues- that our conception of time is completely constructed.  This piece synthesizes new symbols or representations of time- live video feed, images, and of course actual seconds and minutes.  The image of the clock is stunning, as well as its overall concept.


Looking Outwards 2

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Rube Goldberg Processor- HFG Karlsruhe

The Rube Goldberg Processor, a collaborative project between teachers and students becomes a highly interesting contradiction of what programming is about.  I was first drawn to this piece because I have always had an interest Rube Goldberg machines and have responded positively to many other similar sorts of endeavors.  This piece was particularly captivating because of the incongruity between programming and a Rube Goldberg machine.  Rube Goldberg machines are designed to complete a task in the most round about way possible, whereas in programming, problems are meant to be resolved with the utmost efficiency.  I was very interested in that relationship, as well as realizing that all the code is still completing its unnecessary task in the most efficient way.

Design by Continum- Mary Huang.

These works stuck out to me because it was an output of computer programming that completely shocked me.  Fashion, very  much like sculpture or painting, has always had the same or similar processes.  The work has always been about the hand, for instance couture fashion is most desirable because it is completely handmade.  The removal of the principal human designer becomes incredibly strange and interesting.  There is a level of customizability, yet the dominant variable in what the dress will look like relies on the program and code written.

NOTE: Sorry this is only a URL, the whole website is important to see.

Understanding Shakespeare by Stephan Thiel opens a whole new world for text output.   It is true that the idea of finding the most commonly used words in something, for instance a music (as we’ve seen), is not new.  However, the correlation between a play being an inherently visual output of text, reinvented into two dimensional image is quite thoughtful.  Both are visual outputs, but in an entirely different sense.  Furthermore, trying to understand in a new way, particularly something like Shakespeare- which one could argue has been explored to it’s fullest, is very intriguing.



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Looking Outward

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Mirror Space

This video captivated me because of its use of biofeedback.  The inclusion of mood analysis in the piece is what truly becomes interesting about the entire work.  The division of humanity and machine becomes blurred.  The intersection of these two varying subjects gives a whole new meaning to the image that is portrayed.  In a strange way, the individual pictures become unique portraits.  Perhaps these portraits are even more telling than one just a well rendered and articulated painting or drawing of an individual’s face.  The formal act of interaction is minimal, but the results yield insightful and highly interactive.  The work cannot exist without the individual.




Though I believe this piece is far from reaching it’s full potential, it touched on an interesting theme that got me questioning what it could become.  The use of motors in combination with the arduinos becomes of sort of simulated wind.  The types of noise making materials the artist chose further amplifies this notion.  I therefore became much less interested in the sounds that were being made, but by how they were being made.  This piece touches on the phenomena of machine replaces natural function.  Even moreso the potential for machines to replace the natural course of things, or replace humans.  Though the relationship between these grand ideas and work seems small,  I still couldn’t help but see the machines as a replacement for natural wind.


Augmented Ears


I find the styling and aesthetics of this piece incredibly distracting from the beauty of the concept.  To me, this is a perfect example of trying too much, or overshadowing the concept.  The leading and defined documentation does not help either.  However, the basis of the work I find to be very strong.  There is something truly profound about the ability to hear the world as we want it.  Also, the large range of variation and choice the artist gives the viewer creates an even more dynamic experience and artwork.

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