The Augmented City: Istanbul’s Data, Made Visible in Glitchy Structures

Augmented Structures v2.0 / Istanbul Design Biennial / October 13th – December 12th, 2012 from Refik Anadol on Vimeo. Our century is marked by a wash of data, flooding out of explosive urbanization. Humans and numbers, it seems, are now densely packed, dynamic, and essential. Yet with that same density, they threaten to become invisible. […]

The Augmented City: Istanbul's Data, Made Visible in Glitchy Structures

Augmented Structures v2.0 / Istanbul Design Biennial / October 13th – December 12th, 2012 from Refik Anadol on Vimeo. Our century is marked by a wash of data, flooding out of explosive urbanization. Humans and numbers, it seems, are now densely packed, dynamic, and essential. Yet with that same density, they threaten to become invisible. […]

The Mystical Geometries of depart, Vibrating with Sound

Δ Aurigæ from depart on Vimeo. Depart produces undulating geometries, sacred and mystical and surreal, that vibrate with sound and music. Earlier this year, I looked at Eric Wahlforss’ project (as Forss), which included their visual contributions in the iPad app and live show, an audiovisual opus: Church-Inspired Electronic Music, in Album and Interactive, Gothic […]

Generative Design Book Coming in English; Watch a Full-Length Talk on Generative Techniques

Generative Gestaltung from Benedikt Groß on Vimeo. “Generative design,” as a concept, describes design that goes beyond the direct hands of the creator, to the work that can emerge from rules and systems in organic fashion, in productions that require computer code – and with it, mathematic thought – to realize the realms of imagination. […]

With New vvvv Beta, Texture Sharing on Windows; Syphon Envy, No More?

You’ve got something on the screen from one program – an animation, 3D generative eye candy, video whatever. You want to have that texture working somewhere else, so you could, say, mix it with some video clips in your VJ app. Intuitively, you want to just be able to “pipe” the texture from one place […]

Learn "3D" Projection Mapping, From the Start, with vvvv [Video]

Arguably, democratizing a technique is an excellent way to improve craft. (See: linear perspective in Renaissance painting.) So, why not do that with projection mapping? Here’s the latest installment. Elliot Woods of Kimchee and Chips is one of the leading practitioners of the projection-mapping arts. He also gives away a lot of his tools (see […]

Learn “3D” Projection Mapping, From the Start, with vvvv [Video]

Arguably, democratizing a technique is an excellent way to improve craft. (See: linear perspective in Renaissance painting.) So, why not do that with projection mapping? Here’s the latest installment. Elliot Woods of Kimchee and Chips is one of the leading practitioners of the projection-mapping arts. He also gives away a lot of his tools (see […]

Mapping, in Motion: Projection Meets Stepper Motor for Rotating Fun [vvvv+Arduino]

File another project under “project imagery everywhere.” In the latest illusory technique for merging digital visuals with the physical environment, this uses motors to make the visually-activated object to seem fully virtual. It’s also another example of goodness with vvvv and the ubiquitous “interfacing with the real world” platform, Arduino. (Side note: it was a […]

In TED Talk, Augmenting Reality, Storytelling with Magic; Behind-the-Scenes [Kinect, vvvv]

Faith in fiction: our friend, virtual magician Marco Tempest, is back with another must-watch, dazzling effects-laden soliloquy. There’s plenty of sparkling eye candy, but as is often the case with Marco’s work, the content behind the effects delves into the philosophy of what magic, theater, and fiction itself really mean. The message is timely. Rooted […]

Reimagining the Oscilloscope with vvvv: Circle Phaser

What you’re seeing isn’t an analog oscilloscope, though it … plays one on TV. It’s a digital concoction, built with Windows visual patching environment vvvv. And it does wonderful, twisty things with your beloved oscilloscope for visualizing sound. “Cat Weasel” sends us his latest work, which he describes thusly: An experiment in designing audio waveforms […]