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May 28, 2014

Monkey Town 4 in Denver

Filed under: Interdisciplinary Critique — Mia @ 6:08 am


Kelly Monico, our Interdisciplinary Critique professor, is one of the seventeen video artists featured in Monkey Town 4. Monkey Town left New York for the first time and is nearing the end of its three-month run in Denver. The next stop, according to Montgomery Knott, is Barcelona. An exquisite gourmet meal in a video art immersion cube is the best way I can describe the two-hour experience. Moving a wine bottle of water closer and farther from the camera lens created some interesting video effects.

May 1, 2014

Flip Boxes

Filed under: Interdisciplinary Critique — Mia @ 5:36 am



When I was young, I used wooden clothespins for attaching playing cards to bicycle spokes. The fluttering sound morphed my blue bicycle into a motorized racer. For me, falling cards inside an art project flip box trigger that distant memory.

For my final Interdisciplinary Critique art installation, I explored flip boxes for conveying the concept of “Evolve.” A motorized flip box comes as a kit from FlipBooKit. Removing a rubber belt offers a hand-cranked option. Twenty-four cards in each box animate steps of: 1) sketching an eye (left box), 2) a winking GIF file (center box), and 3) glances from a video clip (right box). Photoshop animation features were time-savers for exporting frames from the HD video clip.

Building clear acrylic housings with clock gear moving parts is the next step in customizing flip boxes. Then, a programmed Arduino micro controller, using Hall Effect sensors and neodymium magnets, can stop and start the motor on a specified frame. The concept is for narrative characters, as motors start and stop, to move from one box to another. A series of twelve flip cubes is a design plan that I’m considering for fall semester’s senior thesis gallery installation. Juan Fontanive’s Vivarium inspires me to consider nature imagery for my narrative.

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