Tuesday, March 04, 2003

runme.org - software art repository

Cool stuff, including an artspeak generator.

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Artist: Mel Chin

I just caught the last few minutes of the PBS show Art:21
I didn't get to see much but I liked the bit's I saw of the artist Mel Chin.
I was especially interested to see his attempts to integrate tribal cultures with videogame culture.
He made the comparison that while tribal cultures are dying out - video game culture is growing, even eclipsing movie culture.

He had created a videogame that used imagery from traditional nomadic or tribal art.

Saturday, March 01, 2003

Large Group Musical Interaction using Disposable Wireless motion sensors

Large Group Musical Interaction using Disposable Wireless motion sensors (pdf)

We have developed a set of low-cost, wireless motion sensors that enable a large group of dancers to participate concurrently in a real-time, interactive musical performance. These sensors are either worn or held by participants and transmit a short RF pulse at the extremes of limb motion. The RF pulses are received by a base station and analyzed to detect rhythmic features and estimate the general activity level of the group. These data are then used to generate music that can either lead or follow the participants' actions, thereby tightening the feedback loop between music and dancer.

-- (from the MIT Media Lab)