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05-24-10

Tim Hawkinson’s Emotor

05-23-10

36 Dramatic Situations

Prof. Larson to exhibit in NYC

For those of you in New York this week, please join me on Friday for the opening of
36 Dramatic Situations, check out the Rhizome listing here.

05-20-10

4 letter words

Here is a cool project using the arduino board. we’ll be using the processing programming language, which is used to control ardunios, in the intro programming course this fall. From its creator, Rob Seward: “Four Letter Words consists of four units, each capable of displaying all 26 letters of the alphabet with an arrangement of fluorescent lights.

The piece displays an algorithmically generated word sequence, derived from a word association database developed by the University of South Florida between 1976 and 1998. The algorithms take into account word meaning, rhyme, letter sequencing, and association.

The algorithm’s tendency towards scatological or “dark” subject matter is influenced by a variety of language and perception studies, especially Elliot McGinnies’ 1949 study “Emotionality and Perceptual Defense.”

While the piece was conceived with idea of displaying algorithmically generated lists, it was designed with flexibility and expandability in mind. The individual units can be connected ad-infinitum, and are theoretically capable of displaying any length of text. While Four Letter Words deals with a specific range of content, the technology can be easily expanded for future textual experiments.”

05-18-10

The Heart Chamber Orchestra

The Heart Chamber Orchestra – HCO – is an audiovisual performance. The orchestra consists of 12 classical musicians and the artist duo TERMINALBEACH. Using their heartbeats, the musicians control a computer composition and visualization environment. The musical score is generated in real time by the heartbeats of the musicians. They read and play this score from a computer screen placed in front of them. HCO forms a structure where music literally “comes from the heart”.

Heart Chamber Orchestra – Pixelache from pure on Vimeo.

If you like that you may want to check out this workshop as well!
Summer School Masterclass: Visual Music Collaborative-Up to 11 participants will be invited to explore the relationship between music, sound, and dynamically generated imagery and motion. Topics will include sound-analysis techniques, advanced OpenGL programming, and interfacing with mobile control devices. Guest speakers and musicians provide additional insight. The master class culminates in an event where participants perform using work created during the week.

05-13-10

The Vocoder: From Speech-Scrambling To Robot Rock

Today on NPR Morning Edition they did a nice interview with  Dave Tompkins the author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop. Check out the interview to find out more about the vocoder and the influence it has had on music throughout the years!  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126781688 Below is a video of a relative of the vocoder , the Sonovox.

05-12-10

The 3rd Annual pogTV Film Festival

The 3rd Annual pogTV Film Festival Deadline is May 20, 2010 by 5:00 p.m.  Submit 4 DVD copies along with the pogTV Film Festival Entry Form to me at City Hall, 1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL 32129.  The Entry Form is found on the City’s web site under pogTV at www.port-orange.org.

Awards:
First Place Winners (2): $100 / Second Place Winners (2): $50 / Overall Winner:         $50

Judges:
Stephen Schlow, University of Central Florida Film Department, Dr. John Wilton, and Matt Roberts, Stetson University.

For questions, please contact me at 386-506-5501 or kdonahue@port-orange.org.

05-11-10

May 15 submission deadline

Submission Link >> Spark Festival
Spark invites submissions of art, dance, theater, and music works incorporating new media, including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica, theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture, artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres.

Submissions are accepted in the following categories:

* Installation+Visual Art
* Composer+Performer
* Night Life
* Improvisation
* Noise+Industrial
* Theater+Dance
* Works for Outdoor Public Spaces
* Animation/Video

05-10-10

Alumni Update – Laura Oxendine

Laura Oxendine
Graduated:
2006
Major: DIGA Art and Studio Art
Minor: Art History
Websites: lauraoxendine.com

Q: What did you do after graduation and what are you doing now?
A: Immediately following graduation, I moved to New York City where I received my MFA (2008) in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Upon graduation from SVA, I began working as a video editor for Macy’s Satellite Network, a division of Macy’s Inc. that broadcasts internally to all Macy’s locations nationwide. After a brief period of working on my personal work and freelancing, I am now back working at MSN while also freelancing for New York based clients.

Q: Did you ever see yourself doing what you are doing now when you took DIGA 101?
A: No. Definitely not, but I don’t think that at that time I had a clear idea of what I wanted to be – and that was okay. I experimented with a lot of different software, media, disciplines, and tried as many different ways of making work to see what fit best. This experimentation in the first couple of years really helped me narrow my focus as I developed a video thesis, moved on to a video concentration in graduate school and ultimately to a career as a professional editor.

Q: What advice do you have for someone taking DIGA 101 right now?
A: Take a deep breath – then get to work! You have such a unique opportunity to look, learn, try, fail, and try again surrounded by peers and professors who are focused on making your work better. Remember that DIGA is a part of Stetson’s liberal arts environment, and taking a class in another discipline might enrich your perspective or expand your collaborative network. Take advantage of it.

Q: What’s the best thing you learned studying Digital Arts @ Stetson?
A: DIGA gave me a solid technical foundation that I continue to fine tune. I was one of the youngest in my graduate program, but I was also one of the most technically savvy. I attribute this knowledge to my experience in DIGA. I was attracted to the DIGA program because of its fine art approach, and I developed my work from this perspective. However, the same skill set and the same tools create my personal experimental work and the very commercial edits I put together for Macy’s. The more you understand your tools, the more versatile you will become.

05-07-10

The Idea Foundation

The Idea Foundation has featured Prof. Larson’s work for their May 7th page.

The Idea Foundation is an ongoing platform for promoting curated contemporary works of art and visual culture. The Idea Foundation is dedicated to showcasing a unique and broad range of work by artists producing and creating from an array of genre. It is a varied collection of bits and bobs – a gathering of ideas, objects and inspirations.

05-07-10

Alumni Kevin Ward needs your vote!

Alumni Kevin Ward is a finalist in YouTube’s Film Your Issue competition, and he needs your vote! Got to http://www.youtube.com/filmyourissue click on vote and give his video “Building Bridges.  Joining Generations” a thumbs up!! Below is the video but to vote you need to go to here. Good Luck Kevin!