Interesting job opening at the Exploratorium in San Francisco,

Just ran across this post for a job at the Exploratorium in San Francisco entitled NEW MEDIA DEVELOPER: TANGIBLE MEDIA EXHIBITS FOCUS.
I love the list of Minimum Qualifications: Fluency with one, and ability to hack some combination of Max/MSP/Jitter, Processing, Flash/ActionScript 3.0, openFrameworks. Familiarity with sensors (proximity, flex, pressure, capacitive, etc.), actuators (servo/stepper motors, solenoids, etc.), and physical/wireless interfaces. And the list goes on!

Here is the description
A position in the Exploratorium’s New Media department for an individual experienced in tangible media / physical computing (microcontroller, electronics, basic fabrication) and multiple programming languages. The successful candidate will design, prototype, develop, and maintain various interactives that interpret data from sensors, make things move or react in the physical world, activate immersive environments, drive sound and video, and talk to other software and devices. This is an opportunity to collaborate with leaders in the fields–internally and externally–on experiences that meld science, art and human perception to stimulate children and adults to learn through exploration, in a R&D, not-for-profit organization.


FamiLab: an Orlando-area hackerspace

FAMiLab member at the oscilloscope

I took a trip on Tuesday night with Dr. Bill Ball (of Poli Sci) down to Altamonte Springs to visit FAMiLab. There has been growing interest in hacking and making culture among the DIGA students, so I was excited to see another interested group of individuals just down the interstate. They are hacking webcams and LED signs, using arduinos and other microcontrollers, and building 3D printers.

For students, this would be a good chance for you to see what people are doing off campus. For alums in the Orlando area, this could be a great way to stay connected with other like minded folks. I would encourage you email these guys, join their mailing list and GET INVOLVED! Here’s more info:

FAMiLab is a non-profit community-based art and technology collective running out of Orlando, Fl (i.e. a hackerspace). The ultimate goal of the FAMiLab is to provide a safe space where hackers, makers, and crafters can wield their imagination with wild abandon. Think of the FAMiLab as a club for geeks! Be ye art geek, LARP geek, code geek, lab geek, or any geek in between–we would like you to join us at the lab and teach a workshop, lead a lecture, or simply work on a project while surrounded by awesome people. If you can think it, and can find the supplies, it’s fair game at the lab. Currently the FAMiLab calls an 400 sq. ft. warehouse in Altamonte Spring, Fl home. All 400 square feet are chock full of potential — potential hardware you can hack, potential books you can read, potential space you can claim as your own. Consider coming to one of our public meetings (which occur every Tuesday at 8pm) and finding out how to make your life cooler in the geekiest possible way!


Alumni Julius Santiago interview

An interview entitled So Fun You’ll Just Want to Hug It! of Alumni Julius Santiago was just posted on Ziggy Nixon’s blog. In the interview Julius talks about his personal art, which you can see below, and his day job as an interface designer for top gaming companies. You can read the article here,  congrats Julius!


3D Projection using ipad

Using a custom screen, the folks at Aircord labs created a 3D display for an ipad. The software was made using Max/Msp and openFrameworks.



A new wall-painted animation by BLU !


Paul B. Davis

Paul B. Davis, UK Artist & Musician and creator of Beige Records
He is known for the 8-bit Construction Set, an album culled from old Atari and Commodore machines, and the pioneering of hacking NES cartridges w/ collaborator Cory Arcangel. Paul uses hacked Nintendo video games, hacked Atari video games, manipulated MPEG video files and augmented reality video goggles.


Mirror Pal CD Release

Last summer I worked with students, Hogan Birney, Sean Kinberger and David Plakon on creating an interactive live audio/visual performance for Mirror Pal‘s CD release party. The students asked me to help them develop a multimedia performance for the release party and I was more than happy to help. We developed a live multiple camera setup for the stage performance of the band which allowed them to mix live stage shots, prerecorded video clips and realtime video manipulation. To do this we modified affordable security cameras to be easily placed on stage and created a mixing station to easily switch between the cameras. We also created our own software to mix the live footage with prerecorded clips and add effects in realtime. Audience members could also submit text messages which were mixed with the live images and projected during the performance. We also created an interactive photo booth that audience members could sit inside and create short animation that were used during the performance of the band. The project was very ambitious for three students but they did an outstanding job. Here is some video they created to document the event.


Alumni Update – Will Royall

Will Royall photo
Graduated: 2004
Major: BA in Digital Arts-Art
Minor: Spanish
Websites: &

Q: What did you do after graduation and what are you doing now?
A: After graduation, I read a book a week for a year on business administration, people management, marketing, sales, finance, investing, real estate, advertising, business structures, law, budgeting, – you name it, if it had to do with building a company, or making money – I tried to read it. After filling my shelves for a year with my own personal MBA, I went for the big time, trying to sell to larger corporations rather than the smaller mom and pop places my company had been doing projects for since graduation. Royall Advertising was started in the evening hours, while for the first 6 months out of school I also edited video for a local production company to help make ends meet while the company got off the ground. Now I consider myself a “serial entrepreneur.” I’ve started 5 companies, sold one, shut one down, and now run 3 currently to date!

Q: Did you ever see yourself doing what you are doing now when you  took DIGA 101?
A: I saw myself doing something similar to this, but not so diverse. I was focused in school at an early age – since middle school I wanted to own a “video production company” and although that’s a big piece of what my advertising agency does, it’s no where near all of what I personally do today. From middle school, to high school, through DIGA 101 and graduation, it’s always been a goal of mine to play all day with video equipment, I just surpassed it rather quickly out of school and moved on to a lot of other things as well rather than just sticking with video. I love to continuously learn new things.

Q: What’s the best thing you learned studying Digital Arts @ Stetson?
A: Best thing I learned was the audio aspect of the program. I knew a lot coming from my middle and highschool about video, web, and design. I didn’t know much about audio! I got into DJing right around freshmen year, spinning every Thursday – Saturday at what was Euro 2000, Central Park, and now I think is called the “P Lounge.” I’ve heard it’s not such a happening place for Stetson any more, although it was. Naturally as a DJ, I wanted to learn about synths, and in the DA program, I learned how to actually produce music and created my first vinyl record which I sold throughout stores in Florida while in school. (Another business venture!) :-)

Q: What advice do you have for someone thinking about a Digital Arts major?
A: If I had some advice for students at Stetson, it would be to try and learn the business side of things – and go intern at a creative place like a production company, advertising agency, or some other functional business out there. A lot of attention in school is placed on the arts side, and while you could most likely get an internship in a museum, it may not be the best long term choice for your financial situation. The one thing I didn’t learn in DA was how to take my artistic skills and make money with them. I did that on my own, and you may have to as well. If you don’t want to be just another “starving artist” turned “digital starving artist” you may want to start thinking – how can I apply this in the business world and make a living out of it? My other advice, study abroad. I lived in Spain for a while and made some amazing friends. I go back every other year, and they come visit me at times. In fact, one of my friends is coming next week as of the writing of this to stay with me for a month! What a great cultural experience living in another country is.