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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…

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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)
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 […]