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Michael Zick Doherty
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    Design Media Arts at UCLA
    In the 1970s space colonies were considered to be a viable alternative to a life restricted to planet Earth. The design of cylindrical space...
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    I decide that the Nonin Bluetooth Heart Meter/Oximeter was the best and most affordable choice for wireless sensing heart rate and respiratory data. The order was placed so now it was time to figure how I would take this data and bring it into Processing for use in manipulating content. Because I wouldn't have the unit for a few days yet, I began testing using my Bluetooth GPS Devise.

    I set up the GPS devise in the bluetooth control panel and told Bluetooth to port data through the serial port. This potential would allow me to access this data using the serial library in processing. I open up processing, read a few references, and in no time I was reading packets of data from the GPS devise. Of course, this data was just jibberish, but the reference included with the heart meter seemed to be pretty extensive so that I would easily be able to parse it into something that made sense.
    Wed, Jun 6, 2007  Permanent link

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    My original idea about how/where the video would be projected was focused on the surface itself. I feel that the surface should have some sort of either organic or curved shape. A shape like the topography of a map would be ideal, though a more dome/curved like shape would work as well.

    The first intuition was to take a large piece of translucent plastic and wrap it around posts set up in a half circle layout. After discussing this with Rebeca, II realized should take advantage of the already created circular structure that was right in our back yard—the Serra. This structure is ideal because it has a very natural vertical and horizontal curve.

    The next night I went out to test projecting on the surface. These tests gave some very promising results. The texture of the Serra really added another layer to the piece and the natural curve allowed for a seamless dissipation of the video projection around it.

    I decided it would probably be best to project inside the Serra because it is a much darker space on account of the ambient light outside the structure. To do this, I will clamp the projector and video camera to the top of Serra and project down so I reduce the amount of shadows.
    Wed, Jun 6, 2007  Permanent link

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    The visuals for my piece will take videos of nature that represent your own memories or that of those in your social network(friends/family). These memories will be reinterpreted using conditions of the individual such as motion, heart rate, and respiratory rate.

    The video element will then be created by blending blurred video of nature with graphic elements that react to the different streams of data from sensing devises. The nature memory videos will be blurred so it can't be determined what memory they actually represent. The installation should be though of as creating a unique and original experience rather than re-experiencing a memory.

    I have been researching different methods on how this can be done with live in a way that the video is smooth and responsive to the sensor data. Processing is the best method to create images and graphics in response to sensor data, but it doesn't always have a smooth frame rate. On the other hand, Quartz Composer does very will with real time video. If somehow these two technologies could be combined, it provides the best solution.


    I had no success in finding a way to bring live images from processing into Quartz Composer, therefore I decided to test it manually. This required feed the processing video from one computer and inputing that into another computer which runs it through Quartz Composer and blends it with a second video layer. The second layer is the videos of memories from nature. The test produced promising results. The only downside is that it require a lot of equipment.
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    Last week a workshop was given by our TA, Jacob on the basics of Arduino gave examples on how it could be incoporated into our own projects. Arduino is a chipboard is able to take data from different hardware sensors and bring it into processing.

    Jacob and I discussed different methods in which an Arduino could be used to take data from a heart rate monitor and bring this into processing. To further reduce costs, a heart monitor could be made using an impedance sensor, but this would be very difficult and time consuming.

    1. For this method I would need to learn both how to wire an Arduino to the heart monitor and create a wireless RF(radio frequency) connection between two Arduinos.

    2. This method would only require me to learn how to wire the monitor the the Arduino.

    3. This method is the easiest but most expensive. Taking into account learning curve and time available, this method was chosen.
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    Tuesday began the one week journey into the intensely immersive experience of Coachella. I was one VJ on a team of five who performed in the dance tent (Sahara) with every DJ/band for the full 3 days(except the few that brought their own people).

    We had the opportunity to work on two 20x30 ft LED screens, plus curtain with an embedded LED grid. In addition to our visuals and the music, there was a full light grid, laser light system, and gigantic disco ball.

    It helped me better understand the effect of immersive events on the audience. Each layer of visual and audio elements intensified the their reaction. Timing and moments of transition was important in creating tension and anticipation to draw out strong reactions.

    It was a really amazing experience being connected to both the audience and music in this way and I look forward to doing it again next year.
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    I've begun to do more extensive research on ways of detection. One obiouvse option would be working with an Arduino and would make a lot of sense because it integrates with processing.







    Microsoft seems to be working on a similar project under the name Wasp which boasts integration of such things like GPS and image capture. This devise uses waspOS which is similar to TinyOS. TinyOS is said to have "become very popular in the wireless sensor network community" according to Microsoft's website.




    I also came across an interesting setup while doing research game design and controllers. This project uses the wii remote to navigate 3d environments projected onto a dome. The dome is pretty much a small scale of what IMAX and planetariums do. It seems like a much more natural way to view projections rather than the standard rectangle.



    As far as research in creating physics visualization, Craig W. Reynolds seems to being doing a lot of important research for sony on topics such as crowd simulation and other AI work. Björn Knafla also does work with simulating different natural elements.
    Mon, Apr 23, 2007  Permanent link

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    Conceptual:
    Nature is a place where one can release their inner energy
    It is an escape from the confines and rules of society

    There are two natures:
    1. Internal
    -The internal is always there
    -Tension is constantly being built up in this nature
    -Society makes it difficult externalize
    -In nature we are able to release

    2. External
    -This nature is calming
    -It is an open canvas for our energy
    -External nature is masked by society
    -All man made things are product of society —> these things hide nature

    For my piece, I aim to externalize this internal nature
    ===> creates a new level of external nature that is a mask on society

    Each persons experience would be unique to themselves
    The experience:
    Audio: arhythmical; ambient; distinct
    Visuals: projection of abstract and organic forms; growth and progression
    -example flight404

    Technical:
    Biometric measurements such as
    inferred

    pulse


    respiration

    motion





    This data will be interpreted using natural algorithms such as :
    Walframs cellular automata


    Conway's Game of Life


    Perlin Noise
    Mon, Apr 16, 2007  Permanent link

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    Concept 1
    Naturesphere(the portable biosphere)
    Input-Output model

    Important elements:
    Nature is your escape from everything. From technology, from society, from everyone. It is your own space. It is your unique experience. No one can experience the same.
    THEREFORE: everyone must have their own experience
    Contrasts of Day vs. night

    Take measurements of person in relation to environment(body rhythms)
    -temperature
    -movement (motion detect)
    -pulse
    -breathing (respirometer)

    Output(nature rhythms)
    -Air (cold/hot/wind)
    -sounds(birds/water/air)
    -mist/fog
    -light
    -projected visuals(live streams??? outposts???)
    - how would the outposts be created? solar powered/satelite?

    Invariable
    -Dome shape(round)
    -Grass ground

    Questions:
    Where would these installations be?
    -Epitome of urban
    -Inside buildings

    Myst-like environment







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    Concept 2

    More immersive nature - nature mapping
    Mobile devises that augment the nature experience
    Provide a better historical and scientific background
    Also create a memory map and emergency locator
    Share history of experience with other people. Photos, perspective.
    Relationship to time.

    fastest way to escape to nature. Connect people who want to go to nature

    Integration: GPS, wiki


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    Concept 3
    Nature flows - Algorithms

    Game of life
    Perlin Noise
    Water/wind/swarm/flock/plant growth


    Wed, Apr 11, 2007  Permanent link

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    FILM

    Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance(1982 film)
    Godfrey Reggio

    "These films have never been about the effect of technology, of industry on people. It's been that everyone: politics, education, things of the financial structure, the nation state structure, language, the culture, religion, all of that exists within the host of technology. So it's not the effect of it's that everything exists within [technology]. It's not that we use technology, we live technology. Technology has become as ubiquitous as the air we breathe..."
    -Godfrey Reggio




    Bravia Balls (2005 commercial)
    Sony

    Commercial showcasing sony's high definition TVs. This commercial was filmmed in San Francisco, but only aired in Europe. The beauty of gravity!



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    ARCHITECTURE

    Sagrada Família(began 1882)
    Antoni Gaudí
    Barcelona, Spain

    This Roman Catholic basilica was first started in 1882. This structure is so complex and expensive to create that it has yet to be completed.




    Sky Tennis (2005 hotel)
    Burj al-Arab Hotel
    Dubai, UAE
    wiki

    This tennis court was constructed on the helipad of the Burj al-Arab hotel, which is said to be "the worlds first seven-star hotel". Agassi and Federer played on this court as a publicity stunt. Tiger Woods has also teed off on the same pad.




    Guggenheim Museum(1997)
    Frank Gehry
    Bilbao, Spain

    Gehry is known for his uniquely organic structures that contrast, yet integrate with their environment. He incorporates natural elements such as light reflection and water.



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    DESIGN

    Geodesic dome (1949)
    Buckminster Fuller

    Semi-spherical structure that has no practical limitation and rather gets stronger as its size increases.



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    MEDIA ART

    Ecce Homology(Interactive Installation(2003)
    UCLA collaboration of artists and scientists

    Uses BLAST, a information gathering technology used in genetics research, to create interactive pictographic images.




    Ecstasy Exhibit (2005)
    MOCA
    Los Angeles, CA

    Various media forms exploring altered states and alternative modes of perception.



    Digital Depot (2003 interactive installation)
    LUST
    Netherlands

    Installation incorporates spacial visualization databases with intuitive touch system interface.



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    SCIENCE

    Cosmos Code

    Second Life space lab. Open source with NASA
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