Category Archives: art & performance

Making Interactive Art: Set the Stage, Then Shut Up and Listen

 Don’t interpret your own work.  Quite often I see artists who venture into interactive art start by making interactive artworks and offering interpretation in the notes beside them.  They’ll describe the work, then tell you what each element means,and what … Continue reading

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The thing that made me cry today

This morning, Massimo sent me a link that popped up as part of a Google alert for the keyword “Arduino”. It was the story of Ahmed Bassiouny, beautifully eulogized by Kent Mensah of AfricaNews.com. Bassiouny was one of the activists killed … Continue reading

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Ashlynn Dewey just sent me links to a new Nike+ ad that she ran across that reminded her of our physical computing class(thanks, Ash!). It’s a great video that shows a couple of supercool Japanese DJs making music on specially … Continue reading

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Lumens

This summer I got to assist on a project by artists Matthew Belanger, Sean Riley,  Ven Voisey, and producer Marianne Petit on a neat project called Lumens.  Actually, they did all the work, I just offered a little guidance to … Continue reading

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The wind-up bird project

HC Gilje’s wind-up bird(s) is an environmental sound work installed in a forest in Lillehammer, Norway. It’s a flock of mechanical woodpeckers that communicate via XBee radios, spread out through the forest.  I love this line in the description: “Initial … Continue reading

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Wordle

Wordle is awesome. I want a poster of this.Thanks, Clay for the link.

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Lucas Cueni

Lucas Cueni has a blog of various interactive projects, most of which involve multiple physical objects making up a larger image, physical pixel-style.
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Computer Vision for Artists and Designers

Golan Levin gives a nice introduction to computer vision in this essay, including a little history of the use of CV in art, and examples of some of the tools and problems involved. For anyone beginning to look into computer vision from a non-engineering perspective, Computer Vision for Artists and Designers: Pedagogic Tools and Techniques for Novice Programmers is a good place to start.
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Testing… This is Not a Simulation

was a one-night event staged by Eric Paulos (Intel Research, Anthony Burke (UC Berkeley), and David Ross (UC Berkeley). It was a party at which all the partygoers wore RFID tags.
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Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell does light sculptures using very low-resolution video displays made of LEDs or light bulbs, showing short, silent films. Continue reading

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