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Idios is an abstract visualization program made in Max/MSP that responds to movement. Interacting with it creates different patterns, sound, and rare moments of clarity. The samples are from  Mild und Leise, an experimental song made by Paul Lansky in the 1970’s using computer generated sounds.


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For this project, I wanted to use twitter and arduino to settle arguments and provide evidence that I’m right. So using a homemade capacitive sensor, I rigged the the dish washing soap so that whenever someone used it, a tweet would be sent to twitter. By keeping track of the times that I wash the dishes, I can prove to my roommate that I do that chore more and am the better roommate.

Max’s twitter tweeter

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1. placing sensors all over my apartment to tell me what my cat is doing while I’m gone.

2. sensors in my cat’s food bowl that says how much food there is

3. temperature sensors outside my window to tell me whether I need a coat

Looking Outwards

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The Sonic Body

The Sonic Body, by artists  Harry Neve, Thomas Michalak, and Anna Orliac, is an installation that on the outside looks like a neutral cylindrical shape. On the inside, however is an interactive, tactile installation  composed of fabric forms that mimic organs in the human body. As visitors enter the installation and interact with the fabric forms they trigger a symphony of sounds that have been recorded from the human body. The Sonic Body was made using arduinos to trigger the sounds.




NTQ (Near Tag Quality)

NTQ, created by the french branch of GRL (Graffiti Research Lab), is a DIY graffiti printer. Comprised of an arduino, spray cans, and solenoids, NTQ prints messages that can be programmed into the arduino board onto a variety of surfaces, including walls, cars, and paper. GRL’s goal with this project was to opensource these graffiti printers so that others may be able to build their own (all the parts total to about 200 euros).


Kulbuto, by Émile Sacré, is both an installation and an instrument. The work explores what Sacré calls non-uniform compositions by providing visualizations determined by “changing rates determined by graphic collisions” that influence the rhythmic cycles. Overtime these rhythmic cycles, which are created by tensions in the visualizations, become synchronized and unsynchronized.








Arduino Worm

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Here’s my Arduino Project, it’s a worm that comes in and out of its hole.


Looking Outwards

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*I still couldn’t figure out how to embed videos, so I just provide a link. Sorry.


Lotus by Daan Roosegaard is an interactive wall made from smart foils that respond to human interaction. As people pass by the foils fold open in an organic way, making the wall immaterial. Lotus explores the relationships between space and people, as well as what is public and what is private.


Another Roosegaard piece I liked, Dune is an interactive landscape that brightens in response to visitors’ movement and sound. Described as a “hybrid of nature and technology,” Dune provides a futuristic look into the relationship between nature and urban space.


Zee, by Kurt Hentschlager, is an immersive environment composed of artificial fog, stroboscopes, pulse lights, and surround sound. The audience is allowed to roam freely through a space that is filled with a dense fog that completely obscures its boundaries. The stroboscope and pulse lights illuminate the fog in an evenly dispersed manner, which create three dimensional kaleidoscopic images. Hentschlager describes this work as ” psychedelic architecture of pure light, an abstract luminescent landscape enveloping the visitor.”

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Untiled Faces

Untiled Faces by Nathan Selikoff is an interactive sculpture that displays chaotic systems, a complex mathematical model that can describe the evolution of a system in relation to time. Three levers, similar to those of a 70’s arcade game, allow viewers to move through a somewhat unpredictable four-dimensional parameter space. The rightmost and leftmost screens display the “strange attractors,” which are components of the chaotic system which is represented in the middle screen.


Simulen by Jean Katambayi Mukendi is a prototype for the solution of the electricity distribution problems in the congo (as well as the rest of Africa). Because of the intermittent power, people manually tamper with the power lines to try and fix the brownouts that often occur, which cause overloads, tangles, and short circuits. In stark contrast, Simulen is made of paper and reassuring paperboard cubes, tinted with pastel colors which case the electronic wires, circuits and knobs. Also on Simulen are detailed drawings that illlustrate the inner workings in great detail. Mukendi’s work not only visualizes a problem that is central to Africa, but also teaches it’s people the phenomenon of electricity and what it does to help them.


Soplarte is a performance made by an orchestra of blown glass wind instruments. Each instrument has its own particular tone, although the sound variations offered by each model are quite limited. The rythmic variations of the musical performance also trigger movements in position from the performers on stage, making a harmony of bodies and sound. The translucence of the instruments also create a dazzling display of light.

Max Perim Looking Outward 2

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So..I was at a party last night

So.. I was at a party last night is a collaborative installation between Andrea Cuius and Roland Ellis which was commissioned by the  poet Sabrina Mahfouzfor her solo show Dry Ice (which showed 20th – 23rd April 2011, at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London). It is composed of thirty custom  tungsten lamps of various shapes, each with its own unique filament. As Mahfouzfor speaks, a microphone records her voice. The bulbs then respond to the frequencies and amplitudes of a performance by dimming or becoming brighter.

Lit Tree

Lit Tree by artists Kimchi and Chips is a structured light system that scans the location of every pixel of a bamboo tree in 3D,  which allow a cloud of scattered projector pixels to highlight and dance around the contours of the plant. The visualization is also set to react to movements and gestures by viewers. The piece then interacts with the audience by making its own gestures.


The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden is a collaborative project by The Clorofilas and Aer Studio. It consists of LED lights which respond to moisture levels in plants by lighting up when the plant needs water. Both The Clorofilas and Aer Studio stated that the motivation of this work was the the relationship between nature and technology.

Max Perim’s Looking Outward

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Social Fireflies

Social Firefly, constructed by Jason McDermott, Liam Ryan, and Frank Maguire, is a community of intelligent lights that interact and influence one another by responding to lights made by other lights. More popular lights, which are located closer to other Firefly lights, become highly influential within their community, while more isolated lights have a harder time communicating to their friends. Viewers can also communicate with the Fireflies by shining lights on them. Social Firefly is designed to show users the relationship they have to other creatures that inhabit the Earth.

‘Simple Harmonic Motion’ installation

‘Simple Harmonic Motion’ is an ongoing research and series of projects by Memo Akten, a visual artist, musician and engineer, that explore the complex patterns that are created from multi-layered sound and music. The video is mapped on a cylindrical display made of 5,600 silicon rods, allowing the audience to view from inside and outside. Akten’s visual designs gain inspiration from the rhythmic motions of pendulums.

Les Objets Impossibles – Objet 1 (excerpt) from Abstract Birds on Vimeo.

Les Objets Impossibles

Les Objets Impossibles is a live audiovisual concert by the two visual music artists, Pedro Mari and Natan Sinigaglia aka Abstract Birds. During the performance, each musician of the Ensemble will be analyzed separately in Max-MSP, and the resulting data generates the visuals. Abstract will interact in realtime, controlling several parameters of the piece, as well as directing the camera movements.

Project 13-Chernoff Faces, Max Perim

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