Monthly Archives: July 2010

Reface

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Stills Description Reface [Portrait Sequencer] is a surreal video mash-up that composes endless combinations of its visitors’ faces. Based on the Victorian “Exquisite Corpse” parlor game, the Reface installation records and dynamically remixes brief video slices of its viewers’ mouths, eyes and brows. Reface uses face-tracking techniques to allow automatic alignment and segmentation of its participants’ faces. As a result, visitors to the project can move around freely in front of the display without worrying about lining up their face for the system’s camera. The video clips recorded by the … Read more

Messa di Voce

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Stills Description Messa di Voce (Ital., “placing the voice”) is an audiovisual performance in which the speech, shouts and songs produced by two abstract vocalists are radically augmented in real-time by custom interactive visualization software. The performance touches on themes of abstract communication, synaesthetic relationships, cartoon language, and writing and scoring systems, within the context of a sophisticated, playful, and virtuosic audiovisual narrative. The software transforms every vocal nuance into correspondingly complex, subtly differentiated and highly expressive graphics. These visuals not only depict the singers’ voices, but also serve as … Read more

EyeWriter

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Stills Description Members of Free Art and Technology (FAT), OpenFrameworks, the Graffiti Research Lab, and The Ebeling Group communities have teamed-up with a legendary LA graffiti writer, publisher and activist, named Tony Quan, aka TEMPTONE. Tony was diagnosed with ALS in 2003, a disease which has left him almost completely physically paralyzed… except for his eyes. This international team is working together to create a low-cost, open source eye-tracking system that will allow ALS patients to draw using just their eyes. The long-term goal is to create a professional/social network … Read more

Ken Knowlton interview

I had a chance to interview Ken Knowlton in his studio in NJ about his working process. Actually, I thought it would be an interview but I wound up not having to ask any questions once we got started. Ken Knowlton is an artist and pioneer of computer graphics — one of the first people to program raster graphics, a member of the Bell Labs, a participant in Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition in 1968, and a master of the mosiac form. More at wikipedia. I am collaborating with him, as well … Read more

OF workshop taipei

I taught a workshop June 24-27th in Taipei, Taiwan, which was a collaboration between TNUA (Taiwan National University of the Arts) and Quanta.  It was an interesting mix of art students and engineers from the quanta company, and it was often impossible to see which one was which.    We covered the basics of OF, working with pixels, computer vision, and animation.    Special thanks to Shih-ying and Shennon for arranging everything.

tokyo visit

Ramen in Ebisu, interview with WOWOW, OF dinner and 4nchor5 la6 meetup, meeting with Tenyo (makers of the Jigazo toy), dinner in shibuya, 6am soba, airplane to taipei.