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Posts Tagged ‘science’
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>

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 […]

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…

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]