A440 by Peter Bussigel

This is such a simple concept, but I love the execution of this video! Peter Bussigel is a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University in their Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments program. This work will be featured at SEAMUS 2011, which I will be attending with several DIGA students later this week.

A440 – Movement I from Pb on Vimeo.


18 Darbuka drums

18 Darbuka drums and 36 robotic arms are controlled via wireless communication. Drum music is composed and played at a music sequencer on an iPad.

The project was presented at the Bat-Yam international biennale of landscape urbanism, September 2010, as a part of the ‘Green to Blue’ ecological street project. During the biennale, electricity generated by wind turbines and photovoltaic cells was used to operate the robotic Darbuka drums. The drums were mounted on the wind turbines columns, creating a hybrid, digital-mechanic drumming circle, a futuristic-traditional acoustic space.



Unlogo, an open source project that uses computer vision to replace logos.


MoMA DIY day: Augmented Reality

On Saturday October 9th, the physical space inside the MoMA NY building will host a virtual exhibition occupying all floors (including an additional virtual 7th floor) in parallel to the ongoing show. The show will not be visible to regular visitors of the MoMA, but those using a smartphone application called “Layar Augmented Reality browser” (available for free in the iPhone app store and Android market) will be able to see additional works on each of the floors, put there using a location-based augmented reality technique. The show will test case Augmented Reality art within an appropriate critical context: the bastion of contemporary art, MoMA.

Opening: 4PM October 9th 2010
Location: MoMA, NY – floors 1 to 6 + virtual 7th floor + garden
Required: iPhone or Android device

Info about the exhibition:
More info about the context:


David Behrman @ ACA

David Behrman is an electronic music composer who was a member of the Sonic Arts Union along with Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley and Gordon Mumma. He also worked throughout his career with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

This February and March, he will be doing a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. There is still time to apply to work with Behrman during this residency. We have had several students and alumni participate in past residencies at the ACA, and they consistently talk about what a fulfilling experience it is.

I highly recommend you put together an application! The deadline is Oct 15.

Photo by: Maria Ludovici


3-D stop-motion animation with an ipad

Love the look of this!

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.


Augmented Reality BP oil spill app

“The leak in your home town” is an iPhone app that lets users see the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill whenever they see a BP logo. A user simply launches the app and aims their iPhone’s camera at the nearest BP logo. What the user sees is one of the broken BP pipes coming out of the BP logo, and out of the pipe comes the oil, pluming upward.

This work mixes computer generated 3D graphics with the iPhone’s video camera to create an augmented reality. The user is able to see the computer generated 3D objects at specific locations in the real world. The 3D graphics create the broken BP pipe which comes out of the BP logo.

An important component of the project is that it uses BP’s corporate logo as a marker, to orient the computer-generated 3D graphics. Basically turning their own logo against them. This repurposing of corporate icons will offer future artists and activists a powerful means of expression which will be easily accessible to the masses and at the same time will be safe and nondestructive.

This project was created by Mark Skwarek and Joseph Hocking and is a work in progress.
Currently showing at Famous Accountants


Gary Numan Cars

Check out this video of electronic artist Gary Numan performing his classic song “Cars” on actual cars with his keyboard, all powered by a single DieHard battery. Some inspiration for our own MPG: Mobile Performance Group

The Making of video


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!


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.