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ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



Welcome to the Art and Technology thread! This is the place to post and discuss your art that uses modern technology in interesting and innovative ways!

Open source software, cheap electronics, affordable micro-controllers and the internet have created a perfect environment for artists to be on the forefront of technological progress, experimenting with, hacking and subverting all kinds of interesting new gadgets and technologies as soon as they become available. I bet we have lots of artists here on SA doing interesting experiments with technology, so it seemed a shame that there isn't a thread to showcase that in, so here we are!

What should I post here, I hear you ask. Well, for example:

Interactive installations!
//vimeo.com/73284396
Flow by Studio Roosegaarde

Audio/Visual/Environmental installations!

ZEE by Kurt Heschlager (most impressive piece of art I've ever experienced )

Projection mapping!


//vimeo.com/36936893
RE: by Deframe Collective

Kinetic sculptures!

Senster by Edward Ihnatowicz (made in 1970 )

Technological street art!


//vimeo.com/19374769
Robo-rainbow by Akay

Transhumanism!

Stelarc

Cool conceptual tech experiments!


//vimeo.com/89814137
High Five Camera by Andrew Maxwell-Parish

Whatever this is!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbNmL6hSNKw
Fish On Wheels by Studio Diip

And much more, of course! If you think something might belong in this thread, it probably does. The fun thing about this kind of art is that it's such a wide field, that often crosses over with hackers and other tech enthusiasts (which has led to some very tiresome 'but is it art? ' discussions with some of my more traditional artist buddies).

So, post your work in progress, finished work or any questions you might have!

(some of the gifs here came from this great blog: http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/ )

ekuNNN fucked around with this message at Mar 31, 2014 around 01:50

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ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



I recently finished this installation called Eyestalkers
//vimeo.com/89389056
http://front404.com/eyestalkers-2

It's a swarm of eyeballs that look at passersby. We made it using Max/MSP which is a kind of visual programming language. Two cameras look at the windows. Max/MSP detects motion and tells the location of the motion to two Arduinos, micro-controllers that are handy for interfacing with physical electronics. The Arduinos then tell the servo motors on which all the eyes are mounted to turn to a new position, so the eyes all look in the direction of the motion.

Humboldt Squid
Jan 21, 2006



This is a great thread
If you spend any time online you've probably seen gifs of them but I'm in awe of Theo Johnson's wind propelled "strandbeests"
//vimeo.com/71927604

sigma 6
Nov 27, 2004

the mirror would do well to reflect further

This thread is, indeed, great.

Chris Cunningham is back and doing more installations!

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



Humboldt Squid posted:

If you spend any time online you've probably seen gifs of them but I'm in awe of Theo Johnson's wind propelled "strandbeests"
//vimeo.com/71927604

Theo Jansen, actually. It's a Dutch surname His strandbeesten are really great.

Yesterday I had another expo with an interactive installation I finished a couple of months back (and hadn't posted in CC yet )
It's called Citytrip, and you use a bicycle and an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset to ride around and explore a fantasy world. You move around by pedalling, and by steering with the steering wheel. Using the bicycle bell you can jump, or you can just use the many ramps in the virtual world, of course.




//vimeo.com/80559574

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



We got ourselves a great big battery and took our eyeballs on the road yesterday





Humboldt Squid
Jan 21, 2006



ekuNNN posted:

We got ourselves a great big battery and took our eyeballs on the road yesterday







I realize they're probably static but I like to imagine the eyeballs rotate around and stare at people.

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



Humboldt Squid posted:

I realize they're probably static but I like to imagine the eyeballs rotate around and stare at people.

Actually they were looking around
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yDE31FHJcc

sigma 6
Nov 27, 2004

the mirror would do well to reflect further


Really cool! Wish they were in sync when they did it.

Any of you guys have any experience with Cymatics?

http://www.cymatics.org/

http://www.ted.com/talks/evan_grant_cymatics

Beat.
Nov 22, 2003

Hey, baby, wanna come up and see my etchings?


sigma 6 posted:

Really cool! Wish they were in sync when they did it.

Any of you guys have any experience with Cymatics?

http://www.cymatics.org/

http://www.ted.com/talks/evan_grant_cymatics

kinda reminds me of this

http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2013/10...sed-in-crystal/

that cymatics website makes me want to spoon my eyes out though

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



sigma 6 posted:

Really cool! Wish they were in sync when they did it.

Any of you guys have any experience with Cymatics?

http://www.cymatics.org/

http://www.ted.com/talks/evan_grant_cymatics

Yeah, I agree. The Eyestalkers look a lot better normally when we use them with actual cameras and they all move together.

Those Cymatics pictures remind me of those awesome sand patterns (which is on purpose, probably):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJAgrUBF4w

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



Did you guys see this awesome facial tracking/projection mapping experiment?
//vimeo.com/103425574

scarycave
Oct 9, 2012

Dominic Beegan:
Exterminator For Hire


ekuNNN posted:


Whatever this is!




This is the best use of science I have ever seen.
Now you have a whole school of fish whizzing around your gerbils in balls.

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



scarycave posted:

This is the best use of science I have ever seen.
Now you have a whole school of fish whizzing around your gerbils in balls.

In somewhat the same vein, but less fun for the fish, here you can watch two fish playing street fighter
http://www.twitch.tv/fishplaystreetfighter

gucci bane
Oct 27, 2008





Has anyone here done projection mapping before? I've read in websites for a small room i'd need a 5600 lumens projector but that is out of my price range. I'd be projecting onto a wall inside a house car garage with almost no light. I was wondering if I could get away with a lovely projector.

MixMasterMalaria
Jul 26, 2007


Harley C posted:

Has anyone here done projection mapping before? I've read in websites for a small room i'd need a 5600 lumens projector but that is out of my price range. I'd be projecting onto a wall inside a house car garage with almost no light. I was wondering if I could get away with a lovely projector.

I'm curious about this too but I think we'll need a little more information about what you'd like to accomplish before we reach a definitive answer.

cubicle gangster
Jun 26, 2005

magda, make the tea


If there's very little light you can use a 3k lumen one, they're pretty much standard for home theaters these days. anything higher does get very expensive.

The reason why you'd want one as bright as possible is because in comparison it makes the dark areas darker which helps sell the illusion. However you are looking at 5 times the price for twice the brightness (or $1500 for 1024x576), it is hard to justify.
for 8k lumens you're looking at $10k, and anything higher it gets silly. there's an 11k lumen one for close to 20grand - only does 720p too.

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ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



Harley C posted:

Has anyone here done projection mapping before? I've read in websites for a small room i'd need a 5600 lumens projector but that is out of my price range. I'd be projecting onto a wall inside a house car garage with almost no light. I was wondering if I could get away with a lovely projector.

Depends on what you want to use it for. Friends of mine have made great mapping projects in a dark room with a normal 2k Lumen beamer. If you want to play with shadows or something you might want to have higher Lumens, for the bigger contrast. But it really depends on how professional you need it to be.

ekuNNN fucked around with this message at Sep 11, 2014 around 23:38

gbut
Mar 28, 2008

I put the "un" in "fun".

Anyone here participating in dlectricity?

sigma 6
Nov 27, 2004

the mirror would do well to reflect further

Tried my hand at projection mapping this year at the burn.

Here is a video of "Phil" - a polygonal head made out of cardboard.

Don't think it looks to bad for a first attempt. At the end of the video, you can see that we had one VJ project on one side of the face, while I projected on the other.

A lot of fun!

MixMasterMalaria
Jul 26, 2007


sigma 6 posted:

Tried my hand at projection mapping this year at the burn.

Here is a video of "Phil" - a polygonal head made out of cardboard.

Don't think it looks to bad for a first attempt. At the end of the video, you can see that we had one VJ project on one side of the face, while I projected on the other.

A lot of fun!

Awesome, that looks really fun. Did you bring your own projector or do you know which ones were being used? What software did you use for the mapping itself?

sigma 6
Nov 27, 2004

the mirror would do well to reflect further

I did bring my own projector but the other VJ already had 2 set up by the time I got there. No idea what his models were.

We both use Resolume, so he was able to give me his project file when I got there and I plugged in my library and tweaked it a bit.

Good thing he already had projectors set up because I think the one I brought would not have been bright enough. (Benq W500)

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



gbut posted:

Anyone here participating in dlectricity?

That looks pretty awesome, I'm on the wrong continent though I am however working on some stuff to show at Bring Your Own Beamer in the Netherlands next week. Bring Your Own Beamer events are really awesome, with a nice friendly, open atmosphere and really diverse work every time. If you're thinking of doing some experiments with video-art or videomapping it's a really nice event to give yourself a dead-line to work towards. You can check here if there are any events near you: http://www.byobworldwide.com/

Here's some pics from two years back in Utrecht:

You can see my interactive Eyeball projection in the corner here

(not my photos)

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ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004



For anyone interested in getting started with projection mapping, awesome tech-art blog Prosthetic Knowledge posted about a cool free program for projection mapping that looks really nice and easy to use, Heavy M.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBKF-AfkNJI


Also, I made a new version of my interactive VR bicycle project for a recent BYOB event in Utrecht:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS1RkVy57E8

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