Sound and Visuals Immerse in “Extended View” Installation; The Tool, Free ExtendedViewkit for Pd

From the previous bounds of the proscenium tradition – the flat, rectangular space defined by screens and theaters – audiovisuals increasingly sprawl into surround. One superb example comes to us from Seppo Gruendler of Austria. The project combines multiple “surround” technologies across multiple media. Projection is mapped across screens for wraparound visuals, but sound, too – via ambisonics – extends to 360-degrees. It’s especially nice to see the full-length video embedded at bottom, for a better sense of what they did. The team: Peter Venus, Marian Weger, Cyrille Henry, Winfried Ritsch, Simon Veronegg This project was supported by IEM- Institute …

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An Augmented Tree, and Free Tools Power 3D Voxel Projection — on Leaves

In Lit Tree, the design team Kimchi and Chips create dances of light across a potted tree, augmenting the plant life by transforming its leaves into voxels. 3D volumetric projection create clouds of light. In time, it could even impact growth – a kind of bonsai technique with light. Given the work’s relevance both artistically and technically, I wanted to learn more about the way the project was conceived and constructed. Kimchi and Chips artist Elliot Woods, who collaborates with interaction designer and visual artist Mimi Son in Seoul, responded with yet more than I expected. Behind the work itself …

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Hands-on Installation Making: A Tower of LED Touch Panels

Once upon a time in media art, keeping your “secret sauce” of techniques confidential and proprietary was more or less given. Nowadays, though, collective knowledge about how to make stuff helps everyone improve their craft, and push the media forward – perhaps more in line with mature, traditional art technique. So, I hope we’ll more regularly feature the process behind new work, and some of the lessons learned behind the scenes. It gives us the chance to better appreciate the work as viewers, and helps all of us better our own technique. In that spirit, I recently spoke to Andrew …

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Could You Use a Kinect at Burning Man? Experiments Test the Idea

Kinect hackery is cool, and its principle advantage is in its ability to allow multi-user interaction in space. That is, it’s killer for installations. That would make it a natural for Burning Man-based interactive art. The only problem: fancy Kinect camera, meet desert sandstorm. Open-source Kinect hacker Matt Bell decided not to wait until getting to Burning Man’s intense desert environment to test what could go wrong. Instead, he took the scientific approach, and simulated the issue in the lab. He writes in comments on his video: Lots of people have been thinking of making Kinect-based art at Burning Man. …

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Brian Eno’s ‘Visual Music,’ 77 Million Paintings, Streaming Live Today, Inspiring Any Time

Capturing a work that’s designed to be generative is tricky, so think of this as a snapshot. Image (CC-BY) Dominic Alves. See the full set. Brian Eno’s ‘visual music’ paintings, 77 Million Paintings, are streaming live by way of a Berlin startup broadcaster called ikonoTV. That, in turn, makes a good excuse on a surprisingly-wintry Friday here in New York to mention the work, an exploration of generative software as art and digital paintings as musical composition. The stream is pretty Apple-centric – officially, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Safari for Mac support it – but I believe previous experiences with …

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Brian Eno's 'Visual Music,' 77 Million Paintings, Streaming Live Today, Inspiring Any Time

Capturing a work that’s designed to be generative is tricky, so think of this as a snapshot. Image (CC-BY) Dominic Alves. See the full set. Brian Eno’s ‘visual music’ paintings, 77 Million Paintings, are streaming live by way of a Berlin startup broadcaster called ikonoTV. That, in turn, makes a good excuse on a surprisingly-wintry Friday here in New York to mention the work, an exploration of generative software as art and digital paintings as musical composition. The stream is pretty Apple-centric – officially, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Safari for Mac support it – but I believe previous experiences with …

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Music, Like Clockwork: Modular Music Boxes with Rotating Wheels, Inspired by monome

Working with music in software means thinking a bit like a music box maker, using sequences to create note and rhythm machines. Nick Rothwell sends a project in which he literally engages the mechanical music box, with rotating electro-magnetic discs and a set of digital devices that recall their 19th-century predecessors. The designs are modular, interconnecting with one another into a little music box ensemble. And in another sign of the influence of the design of the monome, they explicitly nod to that hardware and its community as an aesthetic cue. (I have to admit, though, I’m more envious of …

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On Toys, Music and Visuals, and Code: Thicket’s Creators Talk iOS Artmaking

What could audiovisual art made for tablets look like? Some dismiss the results as “toys.” The creators of Thicket embrace that very role. Thicket, the product of electronic A/V artists Morgan Packard and Joshue Ott, is intended as a kind of immersive distraction, filling the screen of an Apple handheld or iPad with clouds of abstract color and ambient sound. Free of controls or widgets, playing with Thicket is a bit like sticking your hand into a mist, more gently responsive than overtly interactive. It’s also lovely, and – for the moment – free. As an experiment, Josh and Morgan …

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An Interactive Installation Makes Visitors Part of the Show in Mexico

El Criollo – Interactive Installation from Hotpixel on Vimeo. Interactive technology is often celebrated for its ability to make visitors and onlookers into participants. Here, in a show in Mexico, that involvement is literal, as custom software weaves the words and faces of museum visitors into a portrait of the Mexican nation today. From the creators: The installation updates portraits, voice messages and drawings from the visitors a large projected map in a room updates the information in real time, this room reflects a modern identity of Mexico based on the collection of ideas from the people. This installation was …

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Sol Installation Probes Solar Energy, Uses Rapid Processing Prototyping

Sol, an interactive “spatial” installation, examines the roots of solar energy. (Your sun: the greatest nuclear fusion power source within light years.) Visitors to the installation get to participate in “staging” the whole cycle, playing with particles that simulate nuclear fusion, then watching the response of DMX-controlled LED and fluorescent lighting, all set to an ambient soundscape. The project is the work of small design shop TheProduct*, commissioned by Humboldt University Berlin. We saw TheProduct*’s terrific musical multi-touch table way back in 2007 on Create Digital Music. The show was curated by Neues Universum e.V, partering with neo.studio neumann schneider …

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