NYU ITP SHOWCASE
~it was rad~
As an assignment for my Digital Arts & New Media class, I was required to attend the NYU ITP Showcase. ITP, which stands for Interactive Telecommunications Program, is a masters program at NYU that offers courses in animation, comics, digital imaging, analog circuits, video sculpture, HTML5, and FLYING ROBOTS?! Basically most anything tech/visual art related. Seriously, look at the website, it’s awesome.
Anyway, as I was saying, I went to the end of the semester showcase today and it was pretty incredible. A lot of the projects involved use of Unix with 3D visualization, Ableton Live for real-time interactive audio projects, and Arduino microprocessor control hardware. (Don’t worry, I only vaguely understand this stuff, too.)
One of my favorite projects was one by James Borda in which an individual could stand in front of a screen with a virtual DRAGON/FLYING DINOSAUR on it and control it’s flight by flapping their arms, and breath fire by blowing into a microphone-like sensor. It was kind of Xbox Connect-like, but Borda used Unix to program it. The project was called “Smaug’s Revenge.” Here is the link to the project on the NYU ITP site: http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/smaugs-revenge/
Another favorite project of mine was one by Yu-Ting Feng and two others (unfortunately, I did not get their cards or meet them.) Inspired by Taoist Tai Chi, the project was titled “Life Cube,” and involves an individual/performer stepping into a large cube of cloth on which abstract visuals (which start with the image of a glowing egg cracking into strips of light) are projected. The individual wears a belt sensor that detects their movement and speed and reflects them accordingly in the visualization. Yu-Ting and co also used Unix. Here’s their link:
A cool project for friends to experiment with is one by Andrew Cerrito, Mary Fé, Colin Narver, and Azure Qian entitled “The Collective DJ.” (I didn’t get a picture for this one, unfortunately.) With this project, a wooden board with aluminum foil hands hooked up to microcontrollers that interact with Ableton enables multiple individuals to start and stop different tracks (synth, bass drums, snare samples) by pressing their hands into the aluminum ones and high-fiving. HOW COOL IS THAT! I really wish I had a picture of it now… Anyway, here is the link to their project:
Congratulations to participants of the ITP showcase, and thanks for making awesome things!