Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Some Processing Work to Check Out

Proximity of Needs by Lia (a generative drawing with audio)
Evan Roth and Ben Engebreth's White Glove Tracking (video tracking)
Golan Levin's The Dumpster (interactive data visualization)
Aaron Koblin's Flight Patterns (data visualization)
Yellowtail by Golan Levin (dynamic, interactive animation generator)
Alphabot by Nikita Pashenkov (interactive animation)
Casey Reas's Articulation (generative drawing)
Don't try to view in Google's Chrome browser on a mac... there is no Java support.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Proceeding with Assignment 3

To reiterate what the first steps in completing assignment 3 are:

1. Get into teams of 3 (there can be teams of 4, but more than 2 are required - this is important as these assignments are based on a methodology that requires cooperation and the distribution of skills/tasks)
2. (re)Familiarize yourselves with the examples of locative media and the requirements of the assignment as discussed in class.
3. Answer the following questions by Monday, March 29 + post to one team members blog.
+ What new problem will you be trying to solve?
+ Why is this interesting or valuable as a problem?
+ Who is your audience?
+ What form of information will you be storing, retrieving, and why this form?
+ Answer at least four of the Formal Considerations questions above
+ Design 3 personas and scenarios based on your answers above

And don't forget to post the results of your drift/dérive exercise (map + 15 photos) by Wednesday March 17. (those of you absent on Monday will make this up on Wednesday)


And speaking of locative media, check out this article from today's NY Times, on the current iteration of the social software I talked about in class.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Free Film Friday Night AND Monday's Plan

Monday, March 15

We will discuss our next assignment, which will deal with something (sometimes) called locative media. We'll kick off our discussion with a reading on cities and maps by geographer Denis Cosgrove titled "Carto City" [download/view the PDF here].
Some initial points to consider in your reading:
1) Cosgrove asserts that cartography both records and creates the city. While he gives some specific examples of this, how have you experienced this dual nature of maps?
2) The author also discusses some of the changing roles maps have played - from celebratory images of cities to the utilitarian plotting of space. He also (p. 155) discusses the difference between maps that reveal a coherent understanding of space (land use maps) and those that read space as a coded structure (the London A-Z Guide, or a zipcode map). Do the maps you use most tend toward one or the other?

AND BRING A CAMERA (phone cameras are OK, if you can get the pictures for posting them)

Friday, 12 March, 7:30pm:
Jacques Tati, Playtime (France, 1967, 124m).
Plym Auditorium (134 Temple Buell Hall)

"Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in the age of technology reached their creative apex with Playtime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati thrust his signature character, the endearingly clumsy, resolutely old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, into a bafflingly modernist Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, Playtime is a lasting testament to the modern age."

If you haven't seen this film - it's worth taking the time to see it on a big screen on Friday. Tati especially pointed at (laughingly) the increasing ubiquity of glass in modern architecture as it became the norm with skyscrapers and corporate buildings.


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Tuesday March 9 - See This Lecture



This Thursday, there is a great lecture by Julian Dibbell, a writer of many things, but especially known for his investigative and poetic writing on techno-culture. Titles of well known texts by Dibbell include "A Rape in Cyberspace" and "The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer" - both provide an intense view of the material reality of virtual social spaces. His most recent book "Play Money: Or How I Quit My Day Job and Struck it Rich in Virtual Loot Farming"
dissects the history of computers and games and tackles a number of issues legal, ethical and esoteric, including the IRS perspective on profits from dreamed-up merchandise, the difference or lack thereof between 'real and 'virtual' currency, and the knotty question behind all the time, energy and cash spent on so much mouse-clicking. (Publishers Weekly)
The lecture will be at 5:30PM in the Siebel Center Auditorium.

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