Brandon Darreff & Nitesh Sridhar
For this project we pulled data from Twitter’s API around Pittsburgh and animated fiber optics based on live tweets. We chose three major Pittsburgh tech hubs (East Liberty, Oakland, & Downtown) and focused data around those regions. Each area is abstractly hinted at through wireframe building models most closely associated with them. For tweets which are tied to these geographical locations, their respective buildings light up. If the location associated with the tweet is outside of these regions or absent from the tweets, the entire installation lights up blue.
With this project users wear a portable EEG interface on their head which collects brain wave data and maps it to a ceiling grid of steel panels. Tiny hammers, representing the hidden transitory circuits in a human’s body, tap rhythmically onto the backs of steel plates based on the user’s brain activities. As the user attempts to generate more cognitive processes the rhythms are altered. I think Staalhemel is worth talking about because it takes neurological processes which we are otherwise unaware of and develops a tangible art form from that information. Additionally the output is unique for each individual which makes the experience different for each user.
Staalhemel – Steel Sky from Christoph De Boeck on Vimeo.
The Work Comes First
“The Work Comes First” is intended to pay homage to all of the creativity, ingenuity, and patience which goes into developing great work. With this project The Lodge is subtly criticizing how repetitive projection screens and interactive work has become by developing an interactive exhibit which is handcrafted using hardware store materials. Using solenoids and 3-D mapping, users’ hands are tracked and cause the bolts to move in a rippling effect. Overall I think this project is an interesting bridge between emerging media and rudimentary construction.