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October 29, 2011

Worn Out Places

Filed under: Web Art II — Mia @ 12:22 am

The assignment for Web Art II was to prepare a solo gallery presentation for critique. Perhaps it’s the long nights, falling leaves, or first snow that initiated my thoughts of Donnie Darko’s “Mad World” lyrics. The project’s song guided the video clips and images I captured. In FinalCut Studio’s Motion, video was linked to the beat of the music, and a particle generator created artifacts that were meant to represent a cityscape. This project has an artistic aesthetic that is very different from my past work. Below are two 22.5″ x 15″ images that were printed onto clear acrylic, for the gallery presentation. I use half-off coupons at Gallery Direct for most of my specialty printing.

Worn Out Places

Broken windows of an abandoned building


October 26, 2011

Stepping into a Story

Filed under: Interactive Multimedia Art — Mia @ 12:47 am

I’ve had the idea for an art installation project since my 3-D Design class in 2009. I didn’t have the skills to bring the idea to fruition—until today! In Interactive Multimedia Art, David Fodel taught me how to use a relay switch, PowerSwitch Tail II, to turn a fan on and off from Max/MSP software. That may seem insignificant to some, but for me, it’s the last element of a project-come-true.

The idea, from two years ago, was that a viewer would turn the pages of an interactive handmade book, and the personal story, with digital watercolor illustrations, would come to life. The turn of a page would create an interactive experience with video, audio, light, water fountain, fan, and planetarium turning on or off, according to the page of the book. I recently found a video of a similar ImaginArt project that might give a better idea of what I’m planning.

Earlier this semester, I connected fiducial markers through ReacTIVision and a TUIO client to a Max patch. A webcam can view a specific symbol on the page of a book and relay a related value to Max. That value is sent through the programmed Max patch to an Arduino, a circuit board that connects to the switch. The Arduino is coded to understand when to turn the relay switches on and off so the planetarium, water fountain, and fan turn on in time to synchronize with video and audio—for the interactive experience of the beach beneath the stars. The December installation of our class final projects is scheduled for the Object + Thought Gallery at 1430 Delgany Street in Denver.

Project Flowchart

Project Flowchart

The “Build the Project” section of the flowchart is nearly finished. I’ve purchased watercolor paper for the Epson 4800 printer and need to create the story’s illustrations next. Hopefully, there will be installation photos in December!

October 19, 2011

Constructing a Cube

Filed under: Typography I — Mia @ 10:36 pm

Our typography assignment was to construct a 4″ cube that expressed the idea of a single word from a list of twelve choices. I chose the word, “imply.” I used Gestalt principles that consider the viewer’s ability to mentally fill gaps left by negative spaces. With only a few strokes, dots, or broken lines, the word is implied. Positive and negative shapes also imply my daughter’s silhouette.

The three digital images are of a practice cube. I experimented with cutting out shapes and lining the cube with red paper. I used that idea for the final iteration. The project print file was printed on gloss photo paper.

Front View of a Cube

Front View

Top View of a Cube

Top View

Bottom View of a Cube

Bottom View

page that was sent to the printer

Print File

The work "imply" is integrated into a wordmark


October 10, 2011

Max iTable and Midi Interface

Filed under: Interactive Multimedia Art — Mia @ 1:40 pm

In Interactive Multimedia Art, we’re completing our Max tutorial and moving into using MSP objects. One of the Max tutorial exercises was to create an iTable that I chose to integrate into a midi interface. The images are screenshots of the user interface presentation mode and a closer behind-the-scenes look at my iTable Note Reader. The lines one draws on the iTable are converted to the keyboard notes and shown in the scroller as they play. Each note changes the color of the screen and there are presets with various voices.

Max patch user interface

"iTable Note Reader" Presentation Mode

behind-the-scenes Max patch

iTable and Midi Interface

Google Speed Show

Filed under: Web Art II — Mia @ 12:38 pm

Our most recent Web Art II assignment was to prepare an Internet presentation for a Google Speed Show. The first stage of the Speed Show project was my discovery and research of Google Doodles. I’ve uploaded an InDesign project that integrates information from Google Doodles, Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Sky, Google Search, Google Videos, and Music Beta by Google to present an interactive flip book about John Lennon. The flip book refers to Google Guitar, a Google logo that honored Les Paul. The June 9, 2011 guitar doodle allows users to create their own tunes and save the urls to play again. For one of the flip book pages, I re-coded Google’s particle logo from September 6, 2010.

It will be interesting to see how each of our laptop presentations integrate into tomorrow’s show.

John Lennon Self-Portrait

John’s Lennon Self-Portrait

John Lennon's sketch of his family

John Lennon’s Family Sketch

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