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NFASFF: Exoverde 1332.r5 (Wiper)
NFASFF: Exoverde 1332.r5 (Wiper)
ex9323
ex9323
Nebulon B 3D Renders
Nebulon B 3D Renders
Construction Season: 14 Miles Added
Construction Season: 14 Miles Added
Systems//Codes//++Spaces——Spring2017
Systems//Codes//++Spaces——Spring2017
browser glitch
browser glitch
Notes for a Sci-fi Film B-Rolls
Notes for a Sci-fi Film B-Rolls
Kierkegaard on the night of the invasion…
Kierkegaard on the night of the invasion...
Remnants
Remnants
NO MEDIA:::FRI@7p@RAWSPACE
NO MEDIA:::FRI@7p@RAWSPACE
Drone stickers incoming
Drone stickers incoming
ALTAS_DUB
ALTAS_DUB
Global Down
Global Down
f̨̛́͟͞o̵̷̕͝l͏̵͠l͢͏̷͞ó̴͘͡w̵̛͏̧ ̸̴͢m̀̕͡͞ę̕ ́͢ó̴̷͡ņ̛͞ ̸̀̀i̷̛͠n͢s̢͠t̷̡̀͘a̶̢g̨̢̕r̵̢͘a̸̸̸ḿ̷̛҉
f̨̛́͟͞o̵̷̕͝l͏̵͠l͢͏̷͞ó̴͘͡w̵̛͏̧ ̸̴͢m̀̕͡͞ę̕ ́͢ó̴̷͡ņ̛͞ ̸̀̀i̷̛͠n͢s̢͠t̷̡̀͘a̶̢g̨̢̕r̵̢͘a̸̸̸ḿ̷̛҉
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ULAYnMARINAnULAYnMARINAnULAYnMARINA
Spring 2016:: TERRORISM: A MEDIA HISTORY
Spring 2016:: TERRORISM: A MEDIA HISTORY
doomsday_sat_sight
doomsday_sat_sight
found footage//structuralist//workshop
found footage//structuralist//workshop
Strange Matter @ Cosmosis, Hyde Park Art Center
Strange Matter @ Cosmosis, Hyde Park Art Center

This work was included in an exhibition titled Cosmosis, on display at the Hyde Park Art Center from May 3 to August 23, 2015. One component of this exhibition was the creation of a very robust website, featuring work samples, writings and interviews with the artists and curator, Steven L. Bridges. SEE THE WEBPAGE! About the Exhibition […]

B&W Photo Gallery Added
B&W Photo Gallery Added

I finally got that roll of black and white film back! Took a few weeks to get developed. Here’s the gallery 

Cosmosis Website Live!
Cosmosis Website Live!

The website is live! The show is less than a month away but check out the amazing website the team has put together to promote the show! Lots of great work. http://www.cosmosis.squarespace.com/main

Found Film Results
Found Film Results

A couple weeks ago during some cleaning I discovered some rolls of 35mm film that had yet to be developed. There were 3 colors and 1 black and white. Here are some selections from the color rolls.

Another Final Cut Workshop Experiment
Another Final Cut Workshop Experiment

I really am starting to enjoy Final Cut Pro X a little bit more. There is something nice about the visual flow…so here’s another short experiment using footage from our students’ 16mm film projects, audio from ‘Harmonic Bridge’ by Bill Fontana and a narration from a NASA film describing the launch of the Saturn V […]

Test post!
Test post!

Just to see if the connect to FB thing is working again…

Cosmosis Opening May 3rd at Hyde Park Art Center
Cosmosis Opening May 3rd at Hyde Park Art Center
More Equipment Than God
More Equipment Than God
OGRTT
OGRTT
v1b3>>Art2Drone
v1b3>>Art2Drone

It’s been a long time since I posted any news so here is some! There is some really great work with drones showcased in this catalog. It’s pretty amazing that this subject matter has such a breadth of interpretation and treatment. This is a great group of people and a great project! You can check […]

Nowhere to go but update!
Nowhere to go but update!

Sort of. I have a few projects underway at the moment and documentation isn’t quite prepared to be shared yet. In the meantime, I’ve been updating my site like a mad-man, making sure that the navigation works on all platforms and the category breakdown is more sensible. As I dig through my files, I occasionally […]

Long overdue site updates!
Long overdue site updates!

Seriously, what have I been doing? Plenty of updates coming down the pipeline. Believe it or not I’ve just been too bust to take the time to add each project update. BUT here’s a little fun one for kicks. I just remixed a friend’s song he made in grad school. Check it out on the […]

TAM@Comfort Station updated
TAM@Comfort Station updated

I just updated my page from an installation done in Dec with some images and text. Thanks to MK Meador for the pics!! CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Short Video Experiments
Short Video Experiments

I’ve been editing some shots from UAV point of views and am curious where this might lead… Dr.One 1+2

New installation up!
New installation up!

This past week I installed a piece @ Columbia College’s Fountain Foundations 916. It’s great to be welcomed back to the alma matter to share some work! For more information on the FF916, check out there’s site HERE> If you want to see more on the installation, with video documentation and a nice little write […]

More in common than we realize
More in common than we realize
CS_>RadioSignalPrimer
CS_>RadioSignalPrimer
Modelgamations II
Modelgamations II

Update to the Modelgamations gallery! 

Spring14 Registration!!!
Spring14 Registration!!!

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HATCH Show opens Friday!
HATCH Show opens Friday!

The Terrestrial, The Celestial, and The Imagined Inbetween A three-person exhibition by HATCH Projects Residents Noelle Allen, Brent Fogt, Nicholas Sagan Curated by HATCH Curatorial Resident MK Meador Opening Reception: October 4, 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: October 4- October 24, 2013 In this HATCH Projects exhibition, resident artists Noelle Allen, Brent Fogt, and Nicholas Sagan explore personal topographies. New works embody […]

Old star, old painting
Old star, old painting

Red Dwarf, 2004 oil on canvas

Systems//Codes++Spaces starts tonight!
Systems//Codes++Spaces starts tonight!

Another semester starts tonight!!  

Drone Scramble video uploaded
Drone Scramble video uploaded

I just added some more video experiments to my For the love of… page

Video Still Lives Posted!
Video Still Lives Posted!

Starting to work with video still lives a little bit. Here are my first two experiments! http://www.nicholassagan.com/video/still-life/

New + Old Paintings
New + Old Paintings

I recently had a chance to do some painting for a commission job. The results are now up! I also found an older still life from 2004… Check them out! Slide selections 5-10.

CAC Show Documentation
CAC Show Documentation

Photographic documentation from my installation For the Love of…, exhibited at Chicago Artist Coalition this summer is now up!

Chicago Loop Alliance: Pop-Up @ Blick!
Chicago Loop Alliance: Pop-Up @ Blick!

42 S. State St. (Blick Art Materials, Second Floor) Current Exhibit: Selected works by Caroline Carlsmith, Nicholas Sagan and Hyun Jung Jun Gallery Hours: Store hours Gallery Address: 42 S. State St. (Blick Art Materials, Second Floor) About the Artists: Caroline Carlsmith is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living and working in Chicago. She received her BFA in Studio […]

HATCH Projects: July Show Preview!
HATCH Projects: July Show Preview!

Here’s a sample of some work I’ll be showing @ CAC!

HATCH Projects: Natural Fallacy opening July 12th!
HATCH Projects: Natural Fallacy opening July 12th!

A group exhibition by HATCH Projects Residents Noelle Allen, Theodore Darst, Brent Fogt, Jordan Martins, Nicholas Sagan, and Matthew Schlagbaum Curated by HATCH Curatorial Resident MK Meador Opening Reception: July 12, 6 – 9pm Exhibition Dates: July 12 – August 1, 2013 The works in Natural Fallacy delve into the tensions of power and dominance between humans […]

Video Installation Documentation
Video Installation Documentation

A short compilation of work from students in my Video Installation class, spring semester 2013. (FilmVideoNewMediaAnimation@School of the Art Institute of Chicago) Students we/are: Nicholas James Barner Jiaxin Yu Yi Man Ni Wang Chris McLaughlin Erin Woodbrey Ni Shu Hae Joo Jung Chris Phillips McKenzie Thompson Bo Mi Kwon Special thanks to Firas Aladai (class […]

FORM Art+Floral: CMYK Friday, April 5th
FORM Art+Floral: CMYK Friday, April 5th

In a couple of weeks I’ll be showing some work as part as an exhibition that pairs artworks and floral arrangements. It’ll be interesting to see what my work inspires! (FYI I’ll be showing a large-format print of one of my [outer]scan series). The show will be held at the Chicago Artists’ Coalition space at […]

drone prints!
drone prints!

special thanks to tristan hummel and his maker-bot! he printed up a couple 4″ drones for me! i’ll be cleaning these bad boys up and sending them out for casting soon!

Red Bull UAV
Red Bull UAV

Continuing on the theme of the time…

Honor Harger + R A D I O Q U A L I A
Honor Harger + R A D I O Q U A L I A

I came across R A D I O Q U A L I A’s work about 5 years ago when I was putting together my Before We Were projects. Funny, TED is about 5 years late on this. 😛

HATCH project process
HATCH project process

As you may have taken note of my other posts (Modelgamations and For the Love of…), I’ve begun a new series of inquiries which are being developed for my HATCH Projects residency. As of this moment I’m collecting materials to mount an installation that utilizes footage captured from air shows, model kits of Drones and […]

Modelgamation #1
Modelgamation #1

I’ve recently been exploring scale modeling in an art context and there are a few different threads to follow. One of them is taking the idea of the post-Cold War mentality of the air show and expanding it’s paradox into the modeling world. In this instance I’ve been collecting boxes of junk model kits and […]

new thread video work
new thread video work

ive recently been thinking of ways to combine my hobby of scale modeling with my artistic practice and this line of inquiry seems to have the potential to do just that. last summer i collected a ton of footage during the chicago air and water show and was struck by the welcomed visceral reactions of […]

InterArts Salon!
InterArts Salon!

The start of the spring semester is coming up fast (or already HERE for some!) and the good old folks at Columbia’s Interdisciplinary Arts Department have invited me to present at their spring kickoff Salon Series! I’m not entirely sure what exactly I will be presenting, but I’ll most likely mention SAIC, HATCH Projects and […]

– NOW OPEN NEW MEDIA –
- NOW OPEN NEW MEDIA -

! courses for SPRING 2013 ! New Media: Crash Course taught by Nick Briz! http://nickbriz.com nickbriz@gmail.com This introductory course focuses on screen-based new media works, their historical contexts, their specific aesthetics and theoretical concerns. Students gain an understanding of the emerging culture and historical antecedents of new media. Interactive, network and web-based technologies are introduced […]

Comfort Station work in progress
Comfort Station work in progress

Super excited about this one…My curator for the HATCH Residency, MK Meador, has snagged an opportunity to install a piece at the Comfort Station in Logan Square. It’s a great little space that plays host for a seasonal music series as well as a number of various installations and other art shows. Since this is […]

Solar Flare Observations a la GIF
Solar Flare Observations a la GIF

NSC observations of solar flare activity.

NSC Archive Update
NSC Archive Update

This past week presented another tremendous viewing opportunity for photographing the 11.22.EV.Nn Super Cluster as well as the smaller 11.22.EV.NnA+B Clusters. The full documentation has been added in the NSC Photography Archive.

Painting Excavations
Painting Excavations

This weekend I dug through my storage unit to retrieve some paintings my mom wanted to hang at her place. During the unrolling process I came across several pieces that were forgotten! There were a few more from the Airport series and some more studies of Minneapolis in the miscellaneous section. There are a few more […]

faster than light
faster than light

uh, FUCK. a camera that records faster than the speed of light. curious. so…cameras are devices that are supposed to capture light over time…but since this cameras capturing ability goes beyond the minimum amount of time for a photon to travel a certain distance it can actually process the raw data to trace how photons […]

More [Outer] Scans!
More [Outer] Scans!

I just updated the [Outer] Scan page with some more experiments! This time I used some new materials in various combinations. Salt, again, but also sea salt, pretzel salt, powdered sugar, powered milk, putty shavings and pearlescent pigment powder were also used. Getting some interesting results…I’m really trying to play with the illusion of depth […]

Messin’ With Structure
Messin' With Structure

Sort of…I’ve been re-organizing some of these webpages, mostly under the interdisciplinary categories. There are a number of projects that are still in the experimental phase so I thought it would make sense to create a 2nd-tier structural placement for those. One of the sub-tiers from that is this page: http://www.nicholassagan.com/experiments/maxmsp-documentation/, where I’ve just updated […]

Mall of America: A Toll Free Audio Exhibition
Mall of America: A Toll Free Audio Exhibition

I just submitted an audio piece (excerpt from Before We Were) to: Mall of America: A Toll Free Audio Exhibition An open call, user sourced, toll free audio exhibition curated by Elizabeth Lamb, presented by PLACE Gallery PDX Submissions will be accepted October 20 – November 25, 2012, as the show will accumulate through its […]

JODIRx
JODIRx
[Outer] Scan Experiments
[Outer] Scan Experiments

A few months back I stumbled upon a method of scanning where the scanning lid, when left open, creates a heightened illusion of depth. The scale of crumbs and other objects placed on the scanning bed is fundamentally changed and therefore the context is shifted. Below are some more selections from this series of experiments […]

Chlngdd
Chlngdd
Data Bending Experiments
Data Bending Experiments

Some simple JPG editing techniques using Textedit.  If you want to play around with it, its pretty easy: 1) duplicate a jpg file (lower res the better) 2) change the extension to .txt 3) open and scroll down to all the funky characters then mess them all up (cut, copy, paste) 4) save file & […]

FCP.X Exp…
FCP.X Exp...

Today in my Media Practices class I gave a small workshop/demo on Final Cut Pro X. Whew. I knew it was different than 7 but it’s only been this past week I’ve discovered how different. Wild. This is a short sequence I edited together to show some various techniques. Also added it to the misc video […]

Before We Were
Before We Were

Finally got around to updating the first of many pages that need it. In this case you’ll find that Before We Were now has a project description and image gallery.

HATCH Residency Award!
HATCH Residency Award!

I just received word that I’ve been selected for this year’s Chicago Artist Coalition HATCH Projects Residency! Woot woot! I am quite excited about this not only because it presents exhibition opportunities but also because it will be a chance to work with a curator and some pretty outstanding artists. More to come as the […]

Lunar Observations!
Lunar Observations!

This August 1st featured a bright and full moon, perfect for telescope observations. I set up my telescope and took some pictures.  Check out the full gallery HERE>

Systems Codes & Spaces Flier!
Systems Codes & Spaces Flier!

Download the PDF here!

NSC Archive Updates
NSC Archive Updates

Natural satellites discovered orbiting Super Gas Giant NSC 148af.1.  The two most prominent moons are dubbed Kairos and Chronos, the latter being the lesser.

Teaching @SAIC!
Teaching @SAIC!

This coming fall I’ll begin teaching a course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The course called Systems, Codes and Spaces and is housed within the FilmVideo&NewMedia Dept. It’s also being offered as a co-req course with a new media crash course (more studio-based), taught by Nick Briz.  Here are more clear […]

New additions to the NSC Archive
New additions to the NSC Archive

Another long bout of research is complete and I’m happy to announce a number of additions to the NSC Archive. This series of 20 images captured a gradual shift in the iP-spectrum of a Class 7 Red Giant in the Trillium Arm of the Milky Way. Each of the images represents roughly 76 hours of […]

More Phantoms!
More Phantoms!

More photographs and text added to the Untitled Collaboration page, or Phantoms, as it’s been nicknamed.  I will most likely still edit some of the description and add the theoretical background at some point in the near future. A little background: the piece came out of a course called Space and Place, where the classmates […]

Jazz lives!
Jazz lives!

The JAZZ Section is now totally filled out!!  Yay audio! EDIT:::: THIS IS NOW THE MUSIC SECTION

Bass & MaxMSP Experimentals
Bass & MaxMSP Experimentals

Another test.  This seems to be a decent method for at least getting a better picture of how I can get the musical instruments (bass) to control the video of images from Cassini…

NDT OMG.
NDT OMG.

Good video.  Could do without the singing in the background though.

Another ISS Time-lapse
Another ISS Time-lapse

Added to the list of faves… 🙂

Vimeo Likes round 1
Vimeo Likes round 1

I love Vimeo waaaaaay more than Youtube simply because the depth of artistic practices are by far more prevalent.  And quality.  On that note here are some of my favorites…

In the category of: Things I want to see in my lifetime
In the category of: Things I want to see in my lifetime
“real-time”
"real-time"
The End of Summer…
The End of Summer...
Eagles!
Eagles!
Launch Honorific
Launch Honorific

A couple of years ago I took a short course on print on demand services and one of the products was a series of flipbooks.  A friend and I put together a nice big, thick book of flippers.  It was arranged so that each flipbook was about 1.5″ tall, so because the book was 11″ […]

Upright Experiment #2
Upright Experiment #2

No bass playing video this time.  The audio file was imported into iTunes and utilized it’s astronomically informed visualizer.  What fun.

Upright Experiment #1
Upright Experiment #1

I just got an upright bass. Yup. After 8 years from when I first lay my hands on one, I have one of my own. It’s pretty exciting and it is really difficult to express the emotional connection I have with this instrument…and it’s luck that the one that is now in my own hands […]

IDRC TMD Test.01 (test)

So I’ve spent quite a bit of time working out the kinks to this whole Max/Wiimote thing. It’s been a lot of fun figuring out all this stuff. I do have to say that Bluetooth technology is really not that reliable when applied in this manner. In fact, it causes way more frustration than anything […]

Thesis Presentation
IDRC Update: Control Room Construction

Just a teaser of setting up the control room!  

IDRC update: Script/Treatment Draft

Time Index 0:00 Blackout; Projector ON (video playing) Stage: black pedestal sits center stage with aluminum case resting on top, closed Screen: control room (CR) footage showing technicians adjusting themselves and equipment Audio: background noise of techs setting up Tech 1: Axiochronic relays active, readouts in the green. Tech 2: Copy that.  What are power […]

A Few More Stellar Incursions

Fictional Celestial Objects.  Orginally created for the piece Before We Were, a video and multi-channel sound installation.  Documentation of that project is limited to samples of the audio and video, both of which can be found under the subject header “Video Works“.  Much of the video is what you see here, with a number of […]

IDRC Temporal Mechanics Department: Raw Tests 4-11

More temporal analysis and experimentation documentation put forth to the public by the IDRC’s Temporal Mechanics Department. All subsequent experiments are open to public scrutiny and interpretation. We here at the IDRC strive towards transparency and public integration along with a commitment to the process of controlled experiments and proper, objective analysis.

Post-Human//Future Tense//Present Success!

As some of you know, the past few weeks have been pretty busy with this whole show thing I’ve been co-curating with Nic, Michelle and Victoria.  The past week especially has been intense as there are always last minute things with a show that includes multiple projectors, interactive works and monitors.  And don’t get me […]

IDRC Temporal Mechanics Department: Raw Test 3

Another temporal analysis and experimentation documentation put forth to the public by the IDRC’s Temporal Mechanics Department. All subsequent experiments are open to public scrutiny and interpretation. We here at the IDRC strive towards transparency and public integration along with a commitment to the process of controlled experiments and proper, objective analysis.

IDRC Temporal Mechanics Department: Raw Tests 1 & 2

Here begins the temporal analysis and experimentation documentation put forth to the public by the IDRC’s Temporal Mechanics Department.  All subsequent experiments are open to public scrutiny and interpretation.  We here at the IDRC strive towards transparency and public integration along with a commitment to the process of controlled experiments and proper, objective analysis.

Rediscovered!!

I finally found an old data DVD with a bunch of video from a couple years ago on it!  Thanks J9!! These first few pieces are when I was experimenting with video loops.  The first couple were more experimental and some of whole series were more successful than others, especially #4 because it’s final form […]

Performance in Artificial Space; Notes on “Experiment”

Performance in Artificial Space///Notes on “untitled temporal incursion study” or “IDRC Experiment 240.14” 0:00-0:30 Opening: a white pedestal sits center stage.  Danger tape outlines the ‘experiment area’.  On top of the pedestal sits an aluminum case, the contents of which are not revealed at this time.  No lights are on the pedestal at this point […]

Found note…

I found a little note to myself today. It was in a book called Time, by Eva Hoffman, which is a fascinating historical and cultural investigation into time. Really more of a philosophical inquiry rather than a cultural commentary, though…Still, here is the note’s text: “time folds in on itself; different temporal states can exist […]

Wii Remote and Max!

Here are three more little videos on the project.  This first one is an extension of the Arduino interface to Maxuino, which in turn controls the previous oscillator patch.  Listen to the descriptive as the video plays for more details… And of course, videos with the Wii Remote connected via OSCulator…

More Maxiuno Oscillators!
Photo-Theramin Experimentation

Here is a little Arduino and Max experimentation.  I’ve hooked up 4 photocells (light-sensitive variable resistors) into Maxuino (a Max patch that runs an Arduino board) so that each photocell is hooked up to it’s own sound generator. And here are those same photocells attached to a group of oscillators… Soon they will be much […]

An updated Thesis Draft

        A paradox is a strange thing.  Since its existence is defined as a contradictory set of premises there are different ways of interpreting them. The two pursuits of art and science thrive on the paradox.  The former is sometimes concerned with the creation of situations that may lead to or are […]

Performance in Artificial Space: Day 2 experiments

More experimenting with Isadora.  The first examples are some simple frame differencing and background subtraction exercises. Another set of “actors” in Isadora are called ‘watchers’, with one for the mouse and one for the keyboard.  In these instances I had the mouse watcher set up to control the positioning and luminosity of the text. These […]

Performance in Artificial Space: Day 1 experiments

The main program we are using in Performance in Artificial Space is Isadora, a very high powered computer vision and visual programming software environment. It was created by Mark Coniglio of Troika Ranch performance group. These videos are simple experiments with the movie player and 3d projector actors.

IDRC (Institute for the Department of Research Center)

Tentative Mission Statement: The IDRC (Institute for the Department of Research Center) is committed to the development and implementation and documentation through the means of empirical methodology and rigorous testing and experimentation. Artifact: Trans-temporal Phase Module, displayed as “object from and of the future”, possible interactivity?, video documentation of “testing” from Performance in artificial Space […]

New Item from the IDRC

One of the elements of my thesis project will be performed and developed in the Performance in Artificial Space class, which begins this weekend (holy crap!). THIS is the Transaxiographic Phase Discriminator, a research project out of the IDRC.* *IDRC stands for the Institute for the Department of Research Center.  More on the IDRC to […]

More Prints…same results

Last week I had the chance to pull some more proofs from my plates.  Again, the same midtones all over the damn things.  It really looks like its not so much a matter of how the plates are being wiped and printed, but how deep the laser etched them.  The type of plastic also seems […]

Performance in Artificial Space

There is a big deal class coming up this weekend.  It is called Performance in Artificial Space.  It is the first time it is being offered and is focusing on the use of computer vision and green screen methods to create an interactive/new media performance environment for several students.  At this point it’s anyone’s guess […]

Interactive Media: Switch Research

So one of our first assignments for Interactive Media is to research different types of switches.  So far we’ve looked at magnetic reed switches, tactile switches, rockers, sliders and all sorts of other ones.  Our goal is to find a variety of practical, oblique and esoteric switch designs and present on them.  This is what […]

Interactive Media Ideas

Aside from the usual assignments and experiments with electronics, there is one major thing I’d like to work on this semester in my Interactive class.   This class is essentially  a physical computing class where we will primarily be working with Max/MSP and Ardiuno.  What I’m proposing to do is hack the Uncle Milton Force Trainer […]

Printing! Finally!!

Here are some very rough proofs of the prints I’ve been working on.  Please excuse the sloppy wiping jobs as I was just trying to determine how well the plates actually held ink.  It looks as if there needs to be some more cutting on the laser to get deeper “bites”.  The contrast is way […]

Lateral Slipstream (into Thesis)

There are a few directions that this could go.  One of which is a further development of the night sky installation featuring more highly developed interactive elements and sound productions (not to mention the logistics of light powering and placement).  Now I’m not totally opposed to pursuing this option.  It would be a chance to […]

No one may ever have the same knowledge…

And for good reason, it seems… I just finished reading one of the books on my Thesis bibliography: No One May Ever Have the Same Knowledge Again, released by the Museum of Jurassic Technology.  It really is a fascinating collection of letters sent to the Mt. Wilson Observatory around the year 1930, right when astronomers […]

Interarts MFA Candidate Takes on the Universe!

Well, in a manner of speaking…Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is beginning renovation of their Skydome theater this September and I will be there to document it all!  As part of an independent study project, I will be on location throughout the progress of the demolition and reconstruction which expected to be completed May 2011. The Planetarium […]

Thesis Working Bibliography

Working Bibliography Bennett, T. (1995). The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics. New York, NY: Routledge. Broderick, D. (ed.)(2008). Year Million. New York, NY: Atlas & Co. Brand, S. (1999). The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility (The Ideas Behind the World’s Slowest Computer). New York, NY: Basic Books. Case, S. (2007). […]

A New Statement for a New Year

A paradox is a strange thing.  Since its existence is defined as a contradictory set of premises there are different ways of interpreting them. The two pursuits of art and science thrive on the paradox.  The former is sometimes concerned with the creation of situations that may lead to or are the direct result of […]

Stragglers… (pt. IV)
PKD and the Transmorphing Dialectic of Quantum Self (Also Known as the Entity Named Thomas)

Philip K. Dick.  Also known as Thomas, although he would argue that these two are the same and do not know it.  Schizo?  Perhaps.  Prophet?  We’ll see.  Prec0g?  Evidence makes it seem likely, although singular in source.  But holy shit man.  If you have never read PKD I’m am urging you to do so soon.  […]

August Astrophotos pt. III

Again, I swear Walgreens has no clue as to how to cut negatives.  However, in their defense a machine does it for them….SO I need to scan a bunch of negatives soon.  Watch for an update on not only these shots but of a whole roll of film that somehow slipped past the machine because […]

Physics Performance Experiments pt. II

Walgreens does not know how to run their machines when processing film…or how to deal with wide angle lens…No matter!  Here is another batch of experiments.  

Physics Performance Experiments pt. I

 

August Light Video Experiments (pt. II)

Presented here are video experiments taken during the performance of physics, which has been a hot topic of conversation as of late.  These videos have been process to reflect the nature of the primary documentation method (35mm).  While these are not necessarily connected to some of the concepts outlined in previous posts, they do present […]

More Revisited Video Works

And a couple of videos from the Visiting Artist Workshop with Srdjan Weiss…

Waking the Invisible Slideshow (with Sound Samples)
Printmaking (Slight Return)

A few weeks back my advisor, Paul Catanese, asked me to assist in pulling some prints for a project he and Dr. Angela Geary (from Northumbria University in the UK) are working on.  The subject matter is that of hybrid and computer assisted techniques applied to printmaking.  In the words of PC the project is […]

August Astrophotos pt. II

as the clear skies emerge the lens opens wide all in an effort to capture the night from side to side flashes of light millions of light years away all head straight to a soul, completely held in sway  

Contemplating Performance/ Article Response

Response to Photography and Performance by Mark Alice Durant, Aperture (no. 199, Summer 2010). Chris Burden seems to be one of the biggest go-to artists for this theme of performance and photography.  But in this case, as with many other artists who are discussed in this article, it is that the documentation of the performance […]

Physics Performance Experiments Preview

As the vacation proper begins so do the experiments in performing physics theories, both cosmological and quantum….

August Video Experiments pt. I
August Astrophotos pt. I

Last night after doing some telescope observations I wanted to get a good round of photos to explore some different settings.  I was using a lower speed ISO, which I’m not used to and had some issues figuring the exposure times.  An additional “experimental” factor was presented by reading through my A-1 manual.  It mentions […]

An August Jove

Last night on a whim I busted out my Celestron NexStar GT110.  The moon, as easy a target as it was, is always a welcome site!  Many of the friends we were with had never seen it in such detail so it was a joy to see such excitement!  The August 1st moon was (and […]

More Performed Physics

I’ve been doing some more researching into what other science ideas could be interpreted aesthetically or in a performative manner and the following is another list… 1. The Great Attractor: Our local group is being pulled towards the constellation Leo at about 400 mps. This slight Doppler effect was discovered in 1977 by George Smoot, […]

Objects and Observations Additions

More for the NSC catalog.  

Fictions of the Real

July’s issue of Astronomy Magazine holds some content that is of particular interest to me in terms of the exploration of the blur between truth and fiction and the empirical paradox.  As it has been discussed in earlier posts, the history of astronomy is riddled with curious observations and hysteria.  One of the most famous […]

Digital Universe Experiments

A few years back software developers at the Hayden Planetarium developed a program called Partiview, which is the access interface to their Digital Universe Atlas.  This is a pretty amazing bit of software where you can essentially fly around the galaxy, picking and choosing what specific features to observe.  It’s really handy if you want […]

Proto-video-experiments

These are some video experiments conducted last year using the topic of feedback as a starting point.  They are pretty literal but are at least somewhat of a grounding for the ideas outlined in the previous post.

Introduction to Performed Physics

Last summer I did a series of video pieces that were aesthetic explorations of certain scientific concepts.  While there were some interesting beginnings of something, the works themselves were a little banal (it took me time to accept that).  Ok.  In response to that I did some photography experiments where I was playing at physics […]

Laser cutter observations
An Empirical Paradox!/?/!/?/!/?

How is my artistic practice a series of exercises in the paradox of empiricism? It seems that the mediated surfaces and observations which use the visual language of astronomy has all the trappings of something that is real but is not in the sense that it has not been directly observed.  My work is ABOUT […]

Odd Escalator Experience
Surface Projection testing

I’ve begun testing some visual polarity experiments and here are the documented results. The projected objects are from my growing catalog of fictional observations, with the exception. The surfaces they are projected onto are paintings depicted lunar surfaces, while still existing in a fictional realm. Without repeating too much of what was said in an […]

Waking the Invisible [video]

Here is some video documentation from the big installation from last fall, Waking the Invisible.

DGP: CV Experiments [video]

And of course if you’ve been following any progress from my research project last semester, you’ve seen all the photos and notes (here, here, here, here, here and here). But now here is video!

Object and Surface [video] Observations

Here is video documentation of the paintings pictured in a (very) previous post.

Untitled Collaboration

Early into the fall semester of last school year I was enrolled in a class called Space and Place. If you have been following this blog the name might have come up from time to time. Before our class went on to produce our individual installations (see Waking the Invisible) we were assigned to create […]

Object and Surface Observations

Once again this summer I have enrolled in the media workshop, taught by David Jude Greene.  This is an opportunity to experiment with some ideas that have been milling about and hopefully generate some new work.  One thing that I really wanted to get back to this summer was painting, which was a sentiment partly […]

NEOCON VIDEO INSTALLATION!

Here is the press release!  Some fellow artists and I have been invited to show some video work at Orange Skin here in Chicago during the upcoming Neocon Trade’s Fair.  Exciting!  To be honest, I had never heard of Neocon before a couple weeks ago but I’m never one to shy away from showing work!  […]

CV is the new VR

Computer vision is both the antithesis and logical evolution of virtual or augmented reality.  It could be argued that computer vision IS augmented reality, which is a complex form of virtual reality.  But of course, I can’t just make a claim like that point blank.  Well, I could, but I have to make sure there […]

DGP Update: Final Thoughts of the Semester

I must say that after all the feelings not “getting anything done” and of being hijacked almost constantly, there is some solid stuff that came out of this semester.  In the past couple of weeks I have been able to setup the system in such a way so that it can be treated as a […]

DGP Update: Final working ideas for the semester

Finally got around to doing another update on my progress.  It has been slow, admittedly, but that’s what happens during the “evaluation” phase.  It does feel good to get some solid ‘performative’ documentation done, to at least show how the damn system works.  To describe what is going on here it should be broken down […]

The Clock of the LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOG Now: First bite.

As in The Clock of the Long Now, by Stewart Brand.  All this talk about the scale of time in the cosmos and how it relates to things that operate on the human level has got me revved up again.  In this case, a chapter called Kairos and Chronos made me think of all the […]

Summer Plans (in process)

This week I received my letter notifying me of acceptance into my Thesis year.  As part of my plans towards developing a thesis project I want to be immersed in an environment that is based on hard scientific research and data acquisition.  Hence my pursuit of an independent study at the Adler Planetarium, most likely […]

Hallway Update

I’ve FINALLY got the hallway sound installation running within acceptable parameters!  Of course, I still want to tweak it a bit because of a few reasons.  One of which is that the sounds tend to hang out in a single position throughout the duration of the sample, meaning that you don’t get to hear it […]

DGP Update: Back from ill-defined Hiatus?

Ill-defined is the way to put it.  You know, things get busy and re-prioritizing happens.  While I haven’t been making work, per-se, out of all these computer vision experiments, I have been making progress in what could be called the ‘evaluation phase’.  EyeCon is way more versatile than I had originally thought and I am […]

The Phasing Tapes

Working title: The Phasing Tapes (or phase tapes) Setting: lecture hall Scenario: First public “phasing” event.  What?  An “experimental thinker”, as will be defined throughout, has been meditating on phasing for a couple of years now.  Always in private until now.  We come to the public event.  No one knows what is going to happen; […]

Another Artist Statement. More refined?

I create work that exists in the forms of installation, video, photography, and soundscapes, though none are mutually exclusive.  The drive present in each form is to invigorate a sense of wonder associated with looking at the night sky and imagining what possibilities it holds.  Using principles of the scientific method coupled with my artistic […]

GOA!!!

GOA stands for Graduate Opportunity Award and is merit based.  It is given to graduate applicants from Columbia College Chicago.  One of which was me.  The amount is pretty substantial.  I won’t say how much, but if you really want to know look it up.  Let’s just say it’s enough to fund my thesis project […]

Post-Crit Review

Monday was the big Thesis Candidacy Review.  I had a pretty solid presentation and managed to fit in HOURS of material into 15 minutes.  That was a little bit of a challenge because I like to talk about stuff relevant to my work.  There were several important conceptual considerations that weren’t addressed fully, at least […]

Waking the Invisible: some installation documentation

Earlier in this blog I mentioned a project from last semester, Waking the Invisible, but realized I didn’t really post any final documentation of the installation.  So here are some shots!

Paper for Panel Presentation: Dimensions of the Unattainable

Observational practices in astronomy and cosmology, and by extension the practices in my line of artistic inquiry, reveal a sort of disparity between what is real and what is experiential. This is to say that what is observable and complex phenomena in the universe at large operates at a scale very different to that which […]

An updated Artist Statement

At its heart, my artistic practice is about experiencing science, in the form of astronomy and cosmology, though various aesthetic processes and forms. Many of the operating principles, such as sensitivity to the process of experimentation and the scientific method, very much align with my artistic process. Astronomy is a practice of making observations and […]

DGP Status Report

One thing that has set this semester’s progress apart from the last is where I started out. Last semester was where the beginnings of my understanding of computer vision took place. While the whole of the semester was driven towards development a singular method of computer vision control of sound, it was only one of […]

Trans-Institutional Study!?

As my thesis year draws near I feel compelled to be propelled into the world of academic astronomy.  I feel that my work can benefit from the study of certain methods typically used in the field.  Hopefully the next few weeks will reveal any opportunities to take a summer or fall course in the University […]

Another hallway update

On the heels of the Octa-linear patch success I was able to work in all the elements from the past version of this project.  Now the patch has all the components such as rewire, midi channel connections and all of the volume control meters, etc.  Below are some photos of the patch and the installed […]

Another DGP update.

This week I’ve furthered the level of complexity of the optical theramin. In this case I’ve been able to get the OSC signals from the PC to the Mac. Once the data gets to Max I am able to control it to a higher degree. The keyboard ‘line’ is still present but there is now […]

Sound Installation: UPDATE!

Update, breakthrough, whatever.  Point is the wall I hit a few months back while developing the Max programming for a sound installation has been torn down.  This is on top of of some mechanical breakdowns on the part of the audio interface.  It is conceivable that this installation could run on 4 speakers, but the […]

Back to Quantum Time (1.21 Gigawatts!!)

Last June I began a series of “proto” thought experiments that address some issues of quantum time, or more specifically how time and mass are directly related to one another. Quite recently, this article popped up over at Physics World.com and blew my mind.  Well, not so much blew my mind but has certainly provided […]

DGP project update

A couple of weeks ago the innovative Dance and Technology group Troika Ranch did a workshop and performance here at Columbia.  If you have ever heard of the program called Isadora, this is the group that created it.  It does much of what I am working with now in terms of computer vision capabilities.  I […]

(New) work for sale!

I’ve just compiled a new book featuring some writing and photography! Well, parts of it were made from much older content, but content that lasts!  Much of this book was an experiment, as I am pretty new to artist books and the whole Print on Demand culture.  It is really interesting, though.  Because so much […]

Astro-Tracking and Max/MSP

For a while now I’ve been pre-occupied with both Max/MSP as an environment to create work in and experimental astrocartography. You may have guessed this already…But what is even more perplexing is why I haven’t really ventured to completely merge the two. Sure, I started with taking shots of the night sky, then moved to […]

Panel Brainstorming

As part of a class I’m in called Connected Studio Practices (taught by the chair of our dept, Michelle Citron) we are required to present panel discussions at the end of the semester. These are meant to be open to the public and in the past have generally been well-attended by faculty and peers. Our […]

NAO-CCC Collaboration & Book Project

Last semester we had a visiting artist, Sdrjan Jovanovic Weiss,  from the Normal Architecture Office (NAO) based out of Philadelphia.  On the Thursday night of his visit he gave a lecture and the following weekend held a workshop where we photographed a collection of architectural models.  Out of the workshop came a ton of photography […]

OSC Triumph!!

Last night I figured out the OSC send and receive between two machines in our computer lab.  It was a simple augmentation to the OSC tutorial that came with CNMAT’s package download.  Some of the fine tuning involved double checking the port and IP structures to make sure they were consistent and that the OSC […]

More Computer Vision

Coming off the heels of last semester’s successful project development I find myself pushing the possibilities of a user-controlled room-sized instrument. This time around I am using a second camera to create an XYZ system in which a person can move three-dimensionally to control sound variables. In this design the video feeds from both cameras […]

Another Incarnation…
Another Incarnation...

This time it is an extension of the sound installation I completed during a sound class last spring.  Max/MSP was used to control samples from my celestial sounds library at random intervals.  Running at the same time was a XY coordinate volume control system for a quadraphonic speaker array.  As each sound was triggered on […]

Conceptual Luthier?
Conceptual Luthier?

So many years ago I took a woodshop class.  While many of my classmates decided to build gun racks (small Midwestern town…) I went ahead and built a very odd bass guitar.  My interest in playing musical instruments has always been coupled with my fascination of how they work and how they are put together […]

Experimental Astrocartography Update
Experimental Astrocartography Update

VISIT WAKING THE INVISIBLE The following text is my progress report for an installation I am working on.   It will consist of a computer vision system that will be utilized to create a sonically interactive environment.  The structure of the space will be a representation of a map of dark matter that was developed in […]

More experimental astrophotography
More experimental astrophotography

Here are some more shots from my last round of experimental astrophotography.  The first shot is of Jupiter and the Galilean moons taken with my camera attached to my telescope, which is a Celestron Nexstar 114GT.  Overall, it’s another relatively successful round of shots.  Next time I go out I will try to utilize a […]

Working Plan for the Semester
Working Plan for the Semester

The following is a draft for a project proposal for my work this semester.  The project is intended to be an extension of my experiments with stellar charting and cartography, something that began in many of the photos seen in earlier posts.  Hopefully I will be able to come up with something that will integrate […]

Ex Ars et Astris, Scientia…
Ex Ars et Astris, Scientia...
An Inquiry In Experimental Stellar Cartography
An Inquiry In Experimental Stellar Cartography

So the last round of photos were meant as a purely exploratory process within the parameters of my current system of study and experimentation.  While I am very satisfied with the results as ends in-of-themselves there is more that can be done with the content.  I lot of why I wanted to explore astrophotography in […]

Upon further reflection of photon phenomenon…
Upon further reflection of photon phenomenon...

There is something interesting happening with the first four shots in the post before this.  When I first looked at them I thought, “Hey that’s interesting…you can see me working!”  Thinking about the fact that the process, or at least the impression of process, is sort of revealed gives this set of photos a bit […]

Another Batch of Physics Experiements…
Another Batch of Physics Experiements...

Here is another round of experimental photography.  Upon review of the larger batch I discovered that my telephoto lens was not focusing properly at any length.  Also, the aperature was way off for the length of the exposures.  Most of them are minimally touched up to get rid of some of the graininess.  I am […]

Posthumous Relaximus
Posthumous Relaximus

Overall the experiments were a success and I am now more resolved than ever to obtain a telescope with at least 80x magnification power.  I learned about constellations and developed a fondness for Lyra, which houses Vega (27 light years away).  Lyra is also home to Epsilon, which is actually a double binary system, meaning […]

Previously, on this very blog…
Previously, on this very blog...

…I’ve mentioned some forthcoming experiments. I will be taking three cameras with me into the starry night, an HDV, a digital still and my trusty old Canon A-1. The last has proven to be a useful tool in my astrophotography endeavors. The other two, we’ll see. Hopefully the video camera will be able to capture […]

Another revision to an ongoing process…
Another revision to an ongoing process...

IE: A new Artist’s Statement Early phases of my work represented here consist of paintings and prints.  As the phase closes on more recent works the subject matter of visual structure and abstract compositional elements became the focus.  Architectural renderings and abstractions became highly interesting and rewarding for me because of their inherent visual structures.  […]

Onward to the epoch of stars beginning…
Onward to the epoch of stars beginning...

I’ve been wrestling with the problem of cultivation of meaning within some of these scientia-aesthetic phenomena.  For instance, it is entirely possible to create a piece that deals with very solid concepts and is executed with absolute technical precision.  Yet, if there is a intended meaning how does it not get lost in the production?  […]

A Modulation of Vocabulary
A Modulation of Vocabulary

Earlier when I was discussing the theorhetical concept of quantum time I brought up the terms ‘kairon’ and ‘chromeon’.  At the time of my earlier exploration I had a suspiscion that a quanta of time had already been theorized.  My purpose in dividing the quanta of time into two separate particles was based on different […]

When Radii Fizzle Beyond a Curve…
When Radii Fizzle Beyond a Curve...

Standing immersed in this moment gravity swelling as chronons decay and Kairos laughs the universe plays in reverse half-lives into quarters into eights on into infinity. This Momentus Equation defines the occasion On which the wells collapse and waves dissipate> Kairos laughs into the end of days and night

Experiments That Have Something To Do…
Experiments That Have Something To Do...

Experiments That Have Something To Do With Some Scientific Concepts That An Understanding Has Come About Through The Production Of A Piece Of Video Art   Time is relative.  Airplanes travel fast, don’t they? Quantum particles.  Look how they dance so. Feedback.  All systems are affected by both the positive and negative. These are some […]

Quantum Possibilities of Time
Quantum Possibilities of Time

So we have gone through a basic outline for the theory of quantum gravity (see last post).  At the end I mentioned the terms Kairon and Chromeon, in reference to the two ideas of time the Ancient Greeks held.  Chronos is the linear understanding of time, that time exists as a series of events that […]

Leaning Into Quantum Time (a primer)
Leaning Into Quantum Time (a primer)

Theories exist right now that view Gravity as a particle, or Graviton.  No, not the GraviTRON, the thing you see at state fairs that spins really fast and pins you against a wall (which is fun by the way…).  The Graviton particle. It is postulated that this particle is what mediates gravity.  The current state […]

Embarking upon an experimental conpendium
Embarking upon an experimental conpendium

Of sorts anyway… One of my goals for this summer’s workshop is to explore different artistic iterations of certain concepts in modern physics.  As a starting point I will be using my “A to Z Guide of Scientific Concepts (or Who Killed Schroedingers Cat?)” as a loose guide.  Ideally I will be experimentally interpreting each […]

Workshop Brainstorming
Workshop Brainstorming

As a preliminary assignment for my summer media workshop I have to come up with a very condensed artist statement and a few (loose) ideas of what kind of work I want to make/where I want it to go.  Here is what I’ve come up with so far… ARTIST STATEMENT The blurred edges that compose […]

a comet with no tail
a comet with no tail

So after going to see Star Trek (for a second time…yes, nerd) I turned on the television to see a rebroadcast of a C-Span2 program called Book TV.  In fact, the TV was left on this channel so the program was the first thing I saw.  This particular episode featured the director of the Hayden […]