The development of open source software is allowing user generated content to push the boundaries in the worlds of art and science. Collaboration and progress were Kyle McDonald's main goals when developing FaceOSC, a face tracking software with considerable potential. In this NEXT Berlin 2012 talk, McDonalds, a media artist and coder, reasons that we must nurture a community of hackers. In doing so, we allow ourselves to “imagine the future of technologies rather than accept what is given to us.”
Flux Foundation: The Radical Art of Collaboration from Maker Faire and Maker Faire on FORA.tv
Flux Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization that have built a great many installations that have appeared at Buring Man. They believe that collaboration is key in community and art. At Maker Faire 2012 they discussed concepts central to their collaborative approach to public art as well as their interactive installations such as BrollyFlock!, the wild renegade flock of umbrellas.
Cloud Pink is an interactive installation taking on the analogy of cloud. The installation invites participants to 'touch the pink clouds' drifting on a giant fabric screen suspended in the air - "Lying down on a hill with your pupils filled with the endless blue sky, perspective of your eyesight suddenly gets distorted and clouds drift at the tip of your nose. You stretch your arms up to the sky to touch the clouds but can’t reach. Another world right above your head, clouds."
“Patterned by Nature” was commissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for the newly built Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The exhibit celebrates our abstraction of nature’s infinite complexity into patterns through the scientific process, and through our perceptions. It brings to light the similarity of patterns in our universe, across all scales of space and time.
Produced by engineers at COGOO, a Japanese bike sharing system managed by Relations Inc., Turntable Rider essentially realigned DJ essentials onto a converted BMX bike – the wheels become jog wheels, brakes are now sound pad, and the gyroscopic motion sensor doubles as the fader pad. Lastly, the music samples are wirelessly feed into the system via Apple iPhone or iPod. As videos of early test runs show below, simple bike rides are now musical performances with rider’s full involvement.
Imagine a house full of anarchy – but the only way you could see it, is if you wore the right glasses Lynx Australia promoted their new scent Anarchy (for men and women) with a world-first ‘invisible video’ stunt. A house in Sydney’s busy party district Darlinghurst was decked out with large LCD screens instead of windows. Wearing the right kind of (polarised) glasses was the only way to discover the sexy and anarchic things going on within the house.
Rumour has it that Parisian drivers really don’t care about the cars around them and they’ll drive or park wherever and however they like, that means if they need to squeeze into a car space, they will, anyway they can, complete with bumps, scratches and dints on every corner of the car. So Ford Europe created the Parisian Pinball Park Challenge. A digital installation that was created around a free parking space in Paris, the catch was, the space was small and the cars either side of the parking space were rigged up to the overhead pinball score board… The worse the driver, the more...
Smart Car has been getting some huge buzz around their animated twitter ads from Argentina, but this highly innovative piece of digital convergence might just beat it. It’s called Smart eBall, but think of it as a Smart Car controlled “pong” gaming installation, created to showcase the responsiveness of the new, third generation, electric Smart Car. Launched at the Frankfurt Motorshow, the installation uses multiple sensors to track the car’s exact position, ultimately controlling each players pong paddle on the giant digital screen in-front of them… A brilliant concept and beautifully...
'Starfield' is the latest installation by Lab212 which uses a swing to manipulate large interactive starry sky. With a Kinect installed behind the swing and a video projector. OpenFrameworks was used to select the area where to track the depth as the user swings through a galaxy of stars with the rhythm of his swing. In order to keep moving in the galaxy, when users move forward they go twice as fast as when then go backward. Though you can imagine it making you feel queasy, there is a blissful immersive quality to it.
CELL | 1 | showreel from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.
Though the headline is not quite true, Cell, an installation by James Alliban and Keiichi Matsuda for the Alpha-Ville festival, raises interesting questions around computer vision and social media data. There are already threads of resistance against photo recognition software, and this installation highlights some of those concerns as social media tags that are mined from online profiles float around and gather around human interaction, asking questions of how be portray ourselves online and the social data we exhibit. See inside for making-of...
The Bâtiment building, a mirrored installation by artist Leandro Erlich is currently on display at Le 104 in Paris as part of their In Perceptions exhibition. It's sublime mirror illusions give the impression that people are literally hanging off the building, while just being stood on the ground looking up at the illusion.
Puppet Parade - Live footage from Design I/O on Vimeo.
In a statementthat has been a long time coming, Microsoft has openly expressed it's gratitude for those who have been hacking the Kinect, and even used the term hack in a positive sense. The OpenKinect community reacts.