Media Arts and Technology
The installation is in three parts, with focal points at the Pardall Tunnel, the lawns spanning from the tunnel to the library, and selected trees near the library. The tunnel section consists of a permanent, motion-activated, interactive light installation that converts what was the darkest spot on campus into the brightest one. The middle section consists of 2100 solar powered "star-flowers," "planted" by volunteers on Wednesday, May 13th, on the lawns between the Davidson Library and the Pardall Tunnel. The final section transforms selected trees near the library.
The title means "the evening star carries light", and refers not only to the Greek mythology but also to Gottlob Frege’s use of the phrase in ",Über Sinn und Bedeutung" (On Sense and Reference). The ancient equation/distinction between the evening and morning star relies on the viewer’s understanding.
Part I: Interactive Tunnel - Uguisukangei (from Uguisubari: Japanese for Nightingale Floor + Kangei: welcome).
Nightingale Floors were floors made to respond to presence by sound, for protection. I was hoping for the interactivity to do this visually, and the sensors to add the sound, or to add the sound electronically.
Part II: Solar Lightflower Fields: Ikimin Aqiwo Spe’y (Chumash for New Star Flowers).
The reference here is to poppy fields (the California Poppy is the State Flower), but also to the stars above, and to a transformation of the terrestrial to the celestial via the energy of the sun itself. The Chumash name is a tribute to the people who were here before us, and who maintained a sustainable relationship with nature for thousands of years.
Part III: Chrysalis Trees : Aloha ‘Aina (Hawaiian for Love of the Land)
The installations in the trees bring together many ideas from many cultures:
From Hawaii, the concept of "Aloha ʻĀina".
From Japan, the notion of Kami.
From Rome, the notion of "genius loci".
From ancient Greece, the notion of "epichorios daimon" (επιχώριος δαίμων, the spirit of a place). These are combined with the chrysalis (χρυσαλλίς+19Q4), and:
native American "dreamcatchers",
the geometries of spacetime wormholes,
the structures of molecules.
The theme of the conference is Computers | Art | Data. The conference will be hosted by the Glasgow School of Art and the City of Glasgow.
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
Location: Broida Hall, room 1640.
A handful of physics equations, backed by an arsenal of numerical algorithms, are used to generate many of the computer graphics images we see at the movies today. These include the Navier-Stokes equations, the non-linear oscillator, and a specialized form of radiative transfer that we call "the rendering equation". Our jobs would be very easy if we could use off-the-shelf computational physics algorithms to solve these equations, but unfortunately, this is usually not the case. In this talk, I will discuss how we arrived at these particular equations, our preferred methods for solving them, and why various alternatives were discarded.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Baden-Württemberg Foundation in Germany, qualified students from the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) and the Media Arts and Technology (MAT) program at UCSB can study and realize spatial audio projects in the Spatial Audio Group at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), which is affiliated with the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM). Students from Karlsruhe will also travel to Santa Barbara for similar purposes. As a conclusion to these activities, a conference on spatial audio entitled InSonic is being held in Karlsruhe 26-28 November 2015, which will be attended by students and faculty from both places as well as other international participants.
Amir Abo-Shaeer, Director of DPEA
The initiative, sponsered by the Mosher Foundation, aims to incorporate art and design principles into the academys' core curriculum of physics, engineering and mathematics.
The talk gave an overview of the research currently underway at the UCSB MIRAGE Lab, which Professor Kim co-directs with Professor Pradeep Sen.
The papers are Motivating Crowds to Volunteer Neighborhood Data and Inspiring Neighborhood Data Contributions through Different Motivators which explore different motivators and their effectiveness in encouraging geographical data contributions.
Authors: Nataly Moreno, Saiph Savage, Anamary Leal, Jessica Cornick, Matthew Turk, Tobias Höllerer.
The work Participatory Stoves: Designing Renewable Energy Technologies for the Rural Sector involves designing renewable energy technologies by incorporating the traditions of indigenous villages.
Authors: Walter Angel, Saiph Savage, Nataly Moreno
While in Singapore he also gave an invited lecture at the National University titled "Programming Abstractions for Creative Coding and Live Coding Performance".
The seminar gathers researchers and practitioners to identify the challenges that advanced digital technologies face us with, now and in the future. The objective is to provide new and different kinds of questions to ask when confronted with new technologies.
What kinds of promises do intelligent vision-machines hold of enriching the visitor experience and empowering audiences to interact with art and each other in new, amazing ways? Or are we at risk of losing something essential when introducing visual prostheses into the art experience?
Are such technologies moving us into an age where the traditional elements of a museum – authenticity, contemplation, expertise, authority, creativity – will need a total re-definition? The seminar offers a forum for critical questioning and debate with top thinkers and doers in the field of museum technology.
While in Copenhagen, professor Novak also gave lectures at the Center for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.
Ava Ansari and Marco Pinter - Conducting Studies: One Thousand and One Nights.
Marco Pinter - Object Permanence 3: Non-Dual.
George Legrady, Marco Pinter and Danny Bazo - Swarm Vision.
Yoon Chung Han, Byeong-jun Han - Skin Pattern Data Sonification as Personalized Media Art Experience.
The IEEE VIS 2014 Arts Program (VISAP'14) showcases high-quality artwork and research that explores the increasingly prominent intersections between art and visualization. Through a dedicated papers track and an art show that runs concurrently with the IEEE VIS 2014 conference, the Arts Program aims to foster new thinking, discussion, and collaboration between artists, designers, technologists, visualization scientists, and others working at the intersection of these fields.
MAT PhD student Michael Hetrick won the Gold Award in Design for his software plugin G8 ("Gate") at the 2014 Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles.
Charlie Roberts - Sound-Light Giblet.
Yuan-Yi Fan - Qi Visualizer: An Interactive Pulse Spectrogram Visualization using Mobile Participatory Biometrics.
Jean-Michel Crettaz, F. Myles Sciotto - Stoicheia.
Javier Villegas, Angus Forbes (MAT alumni) - Analysis/Synthesis Approaches for Creatively Processing Video Signals.
Charles Roberts, Matthew Wright, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Tobias Höllerer - Gibber: Abstractions for Creative Multimedia Programming.
Conference website: http://www.acmmm.org/2014
The one day conference will discuss innovations in science, public policy and culture in Columbia.
Conference website: oucolombiansociety.wordpress.com/events
The AES Educational Foundation was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the profession of audio engineering. Grants for graduate studies with emphasis on audio topics are awarded annually. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent, achievements, goals and recommendations.
Curtis Roads, Rhythmic processes in electronic music.
Clarence Barlow, Chorale synthesis by the multidimensional scaling of pitches.
Marcos Novak, Άτρακτος To Attractors: A Transvergent Workshop on Worldviews and Worldmaking in the 21st Century.
Christopher Jette, Kelland Thomas, Javier Villegas, Angus Forbes. Translation as technique: collaboratively creating an electro-acoustic composition for saxophone and live video projection.
Lance Putnam. Gamma: a C++ sound synthesis library further abstracting the unit generator.
Alexis Crawshaw. Towards defining the potential of electroacoustic infrasonic music.
Yuan-Yi Fan. Organic oscillator: experiments using natural oscillation sources from audiences.
Lance Putnam. A system for audio-visual additive synthesis
Marcos Novak. Ex-Ethous (Εξ Έθους): Changing Habits.
Clarence Barlow. Approximating Pi (acousmatic 8-channel) 15'.
Curtis Roads. Then (acousmatic 6-channel) 20'.
Muhammad Hafiz Wan Rosli. Cryptonoise.
He is cited by the IAPR for his "contributions to computer vision and vision-based interaction". Key application areas of Professor Turk’s work include augmented reality, computational photography, mobile computing and vision-based and multimodal interaction. His work is largely interdisciplinary, including collaborations with researchers in areas such as psychology, geography, electrical engineering, art and music.
The LAST festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. This June, LAST will feature talks by some of the worlds leading innovators, and host fascinating interactive art installations that break the "Do not touch!" taboo of traditional museums. Saturday's speakers will include Google's director of research, DARPA's director of innovation, NASA's chief planetary scientist, a co-founder of Pixar, and the director of Stanford's nanotech lab. LAST is organized by Piero Scaruffi (Cultural Historian and L.A.S.E.R. founder), and produced by Adam Carlin and Erich Richter. Yuan-Yi Fan will present his interactive installation Qi-Visualizer, in which the audience can participate by uploading their pulse spectrograms using mobile biometrics.
PhD student and Robert W. Deutsch Fellow Karl Yerkes presented his paper Twykr: A Multitouch Waveform Looper, co-authored with Dr. Matthew Wright. Postdoctoral Fellow Charlie Roberts presented his paper Rapid Creation and Publication of Digital Musical Instruments, co-authored with MAT faculty members Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Dr. Tobias Höllerer and Dr. Matthew Wright. Charlie also performed as part of the Algorave Event held at Corsica Studios during the conference using his live coding environment Gibber, created as part of his doctoral research at MAT.
Recent MAT alumni Dr. Graham Wakefield and Dr. Charlie Roberts also presented the paper Collaborative Live-Coding with an Immersive Instrument, co-authored with Dr. Matthew Wright, Karl Yerkes, and Tim Wood.
"Ruckus" features a collection of work that explores themes of nature and its dialog with the body; the complexities of physical motion, including motion of sculpture, motion of the participant’s body, or both. The visual and participatory work shown at "Ruckus" incorporates robotics, bio-sensing, motion tracking and fluid cymatics. There are wings which move with the breath of the visitor, virtual trees which grow and emulate the viewer’s body pose, and liquid which creates patterns from the participant’s voice. The exhibition features work by Alan Macy, Carlos Padilla, Marco Pinter, Jonathan Smith, Ethan Turpin and Tim Wood; a collection of visual artists coming from inter-disciplinary backgrounds in the fields of fine arts, engineering, science and interactive festival art. Marco Pinter is also guest curator of the show.
The opening reception is Saturday July 12 from 2-4pm.
The award is given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area.
April 18-19, McCune Conference Room, Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB), room 6020, UC Santa Barbara.
A multi-disciplinary symposium comparing methodologies from the natural sciences, humanities and the arts to interrogate questions at the heart of research methods and practices.
Topics include: The Big Picture: Visualizing Big Data, Interrogating the Methodologies of Art and Science, Citizen Science: How Does the Public Contribute to Science? Asking the Right Questions: Avoiding the Wrong Ones, How Research Evolves Inviting Artists Into the Lab and Science into the Museum Art and Science: Sources of the Great Divide.
Participants include a broad range of scientists, engineers, artists, and historians from multiple campuses (UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSC and others).
The conference is organized by Professor George Legrady, chair (Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara) and John Weber (Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz).
Part of the Transvergent Research Group at MAT, their work features the use of drone technology, dance / performance, audio-visual interactivity, and 3D printing.
Thursday, March 6th, 7-9pm
California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA
For more info, go to the: Total Museum of Contemporary Art.
For more info, go to the University Art Gallery at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.