ITP Spring Show 2008

May 14th, 2008

Here are 4 projects that I found interesting from the ITP Spring Show 2008. ITP, the Interactive Telecommunications Program, is a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts in New York.

1. BrushBots by Christian Cerrito, small robots are moving over a canvas and paint with their brushes … just watch the video.

2. Speaker Synth by Lesley Flanigan.

Speaker Synth is a five-speaker array with no external audio input, created by Lesley Flanigan. The only components in the system are the instrument’s speakers, piezoelectric microphones, amplifying circuits, and the hands of the performer. Speaker Synth is played by positioning individual piezo microphones with their corresponding speakers and manipulating their associated on/off and volume controls to induce a variation of feedback effects. During the performance, samples from both Speaker Synth and a vocalist are captured and sequenced to build a dense sonic pallet of rhythms and melodies. The performance explores music making through structuring noise, highlighting relationships between analog and digital sound synthesis and between human voice and the voice of an instrument.

Speaker Synth by Lesley Flanigan

Here is a video of a performance with the instrument. (Part 2)

3. The Naked Pixel by Corey Menscher.

The Naked Pixel challenges our notion of decency in public arenas by using an LED tile to represent individual pixels of a nude photograph of Marilyn Monroe sequentially over time. By viewing the piece, the audience is not only unaware of what they are viewing, but their primary visual cortex can not mentally construct the sequence of colors into a coherent image.

Using a light sensor, the piece detects nightfall and further “undresses” each pixel’s color into its binary value by displaying a sequence of ones and zeroes. This further obfuscates the representation of the potentially “obscene” image.

4. The Pasta Cycle by Jason Krugman.

The Pasta Cycle gets its name from an early prototype in which magnets rotating on its surface pushed elbow maccaroni around to form concentric circle patterns. The Pasta Cycle’s 2 x 2 foot box contains a rotating wheel covered in rare Earth magnets. As the wheel is spun around by a motor, it creates varying magnetic fields on the surface of the box, allowing the user to place magnets on it which get dragged along by the magnets on the wheel. The user can then place various materials on the surface of the box that get interfered with by the sliding magnets. Marbles and elbow maccaroni are the two materials of choice at this time.

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