Study for inflatable pushpins, 4/3/07
part of the Homeland Identification Project (HIP)
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Study for inflatable pushpins
Study for inflatable pushpins, 4/3/07
Pure Driving Pleasure
Strategic Design Initiative
Homeland Information Project (HIP)
Large scale user-friendly solid and inflatable information emblems for significant landmarks provide easy to use standardized geo-location and identification on postions of interest.
Part of the virtual realification anti-pattern.
Terminator Robot Film Scans
Now here’s an interesting item…
This quicktime movie is made from the original film scans of the Terminator robot which we shot to make a hologram for the Terminator Boxed Set in 1992. We shot one of the life sized robot models from the movie on 35 mm film using a modified Mitchell 35mm camera, and had the film scanned to tape at GW Hannaway and Associates in Boulder, Colorado. Anyways, these are the film originals, cropped and scaled for the web.
If the movie doesn’t display above, you can see the source movie here.
Speaking of robots, here’s a fun picture of Chico Maurtrie and I from 2002. We were programming the sculpture in the picture, named Skelli, for a video shoot at Chico’s studio in Brooklyn.
Chico’s latest work, the Totemobile, was recently featured in Wired Magazine. Video below. Pretty darned cool.
There are more Amorphic Robot Works images here.
The Amorphic Robot Works Website is here.
From 1998-2000, we ran a weekly live call in show on RadioValve called “ChatterValve”. Pretty cool, considering it was ’98. We had a live webcam, live text chat, and live phone-ins. Hosted by Clark ov Saturn. Special guest appearances by Trace Reddell.
Here’s an interesting article from the Boulder Daily Camera about RadioValve: Local radio station uses fiber-optics instead of FM waves. Sounds pretty futuristic to me …
And I was always happy to have the loudest stream on the internet.
Early VuJak videos
Sweatin’ to the old school: here are some early VuJak videos which I recently found on Hi-8 tapes in my closet.
The first video is from the Digital Hollywood conference in Beverly Hills, 1994. Some friends at Interactive Light lent us an array of floor mounted infrared controllers, so we hooked them into VuJak and let people do what they wanted during the exhibit. Shown in this video is a dancer who got quicky hooked on it and spent a long time with it. Interactive Light, Inc. created the D Beam Controller, which is now integrated into Roland keyboards.
The next video is just us having fun in the studio one night in 1993. We had just gotten the system working well and there were people over for a party, so we turned on the camera. Fun stuff.
And here’s some raw footage straight out of the system from around the same time. Fun with randomness. Always liked this. Still kinda relevant. Bill was so much more fun than GW…
There’s another post about VuJak here
Very Large Array QuickTime VR
Quicktime VR of the Very Large Array in New Mexico, from 1996.
View flat image here, or, if the embedded movie above doesn’t display for you, you can see the movie directly here.
Taro Garden Quicktime VR
Quicktime VR of a traditional taro garden on Maui, Hawaii. Shot in 1996, I put together this whopping 2 meg “hi res” QTVR in 1997 thinking nobody would ever wait for the whole thing to download. 10 years later and 2 megs isn’t even a consideration. Enjoy.
If the embedded movie doesn’t work, you can see the movie here.
The Leisure Channel
Busted out some of the old 3/4″ tapes from The Leisure Channel and digitized them for your viewing pleasure. These were produced for public access in New York and Los Angeles between 1987 and 1993. Some zany stuff – here are a few choice nuggets.
In many ways much of what we were doing here has become “real” on the web, in particular the “All Talk” Show, which was just people talking and telling stories – not unlike what much of YouTube has become. And KTV – the 24 hour karoake channel. Seemed wacky then. Not any more.
“I before e, except as in leisure.”
Game Controller VJ Interface
I’ve been playing with a game controller VJ interface for about a year, so I polished it up and used it live for this year’s Optronica show. Worked like a charm – fast, stable, and easy to use.
I’ve shown this to a variety of people, and I think it’s a great interface. Addictive and fun. No learning curve. And I’ve been user testing it with kids to make sure it works right.
This interface was made with Max/MSP/Jitter, and the hi object, and I’m running it on a MacBook Pro. It uses full res dv files and can scratch, jump, loop, and do real time effects. I have tried to build it to suit the real world needs of VJ’s. It also uses a standard usb game controller. The one I used for the show cost $10.
Kid not included.
Below is an simple diagram of the button configuration. I went through a variety of configurations before deciding on this one.
Optronica 2007 Pictures
Photo by Lisa Loco
A big thanks to Addictive TV, Amy Z, and everyone who made Optronica 2007 a big success. And to all the folks who came to see our show a the ICA London.
We had a great time, and were glad to meet so many super-xlnt people.
Addictive TV keeps getting better and better. If you get a chance to see one of their shows, do it! You wont regret it. Their stuff looked monumental on the massive Imax screen, and they played an amazing new remix of Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again”. I think this one could be a big hit.
I also got to see two killer sets from Exceeda. I had never seen their set before. Fantastic stuff. Xavier rocked the house with his Phantom of Optronica set.
Peter Greenaway performed a spectacular live mix of his films in the Imax theatre.
And Coldcut performed a beautiful tribute to Robert Anton Wilson.
So, all in all, and wonderful experience.
Post and Kane in 3D. If you get very close to the monitor and stare at this picture for a long time, you will get an interesting effect.
Graham from Addictive
Exceeda, Addictive, VJ Anyone, Motorboy
Coldcut, Addictive, Brian Kane, Hexstatic
Fresh remix created for Optronica 2007.