Robert Whitman’s ‘Passport,’ in Two States at Once –

Nice article in the Times about Whitman’s latest piece.  I built and ran the video network that connected the two locations for the performance.  Scenes from each location were transmitted and shown live in the other location.

Robert Whitman’s ‘Passport,’ in Two States at Once –

ITP Show in full swing

ITP’s end of semester show is all the rage at the moment. Been floating around playing with projects and taking some snapshots.

More soon but here is a teaser courtesy of Meredith Hasson’s Video Mosiac

And another courtesy of Nobuyuki Nakaguchi’s Breath Note

(I love the digital take home)

ITP End of Year Events – Thesis Presentations and End of Semester Show

ITP Spring Show 2006
A two day exhibition of interactive sight, sound and physical objects from the student artists of ITP.

This event is free and open to the public. No need to RSVP.

ITP Thesis Presentations 2006
ITP’s graduating students will be presenting a wide variety of highly creative and interactive projects that they have constructed over the course of their final project seminars.

Students have been encouraged to undertake projects that bring together the conceptual and design issues that they have engaged in during their two years of study at ITP.

Projects will include installation based work, digital video and audio pieces, interactive 3D, games and educational applications, to name only a few.

ITP will be providing a live webcast of all the thesis presentations.

ITP Artists Strike again

Wired News: Artists Burnish RFID’s Image
Go Meghan:
A far cry from Big Brother scenarios, RFID technology has recently become a medium for artists like Meghan Trainor, whose work offers a glimpse of a future in which computers will be able to scan any item and know something about it. She sculpts objects out of plaster, rubber and other materials, and embeds them with RFID chips and tags.

Social Networking Site for Visual Programmers

CodeTree: Watch Your Code Branch Out and Grow.
From the site:
Welcome to CodeTree, a social networking community created to bring new media artists, programmers, and students using Macromedia Flash and Proce55ing together. Learn more about this site, start browsing the code, or join the community and start sharing your code today!


I/O Brush: The World as the Palette
This is a great idea! A video paint brush that uses colors, shapes and movement from the real world. Checkout the video at:

From the site:
I/O Brush is a new drawing tool to explore colors, textures, and movements found in everyday materials by “picking up” and drawing with them. I/O Brush looks like a regular physical paintbrush but has a small video camera with lights and touch sensors embedded inside. Outside of the drawing canvas, the brush can pick up color, texture, and movement of a brushed surface. On the canvas, artists can draw with the special “ink” they just picked up from their immediate environment.

Closed Caption Text from Blog RSS feeds..

META[CC] -Main
From the site:
META[CC] seeks to create an open forum for real time discussion, commentary, and cross-refrencing of electronic news and televised media. By combining strategies employed in web-based discussion forums, blogs , tele-text subtitling, on-demand video streaming, and search engines, the open captioning format employed by META[CC] will allow users to gain multiple perspectives and resources engaging current events. The system we are developing is adaptable for use with any cable news or television network.

Local Report

local report: home
For those of you wondering what I have been up to for the past month or so, here is your answer: Called, Whitman Local Report, this is a performance piece utilizing mobile phones to create a montage of video “reports” and phone “reports” all in real time (live).
I created some custom software that runs on the phones (Nokia 6710’s) to shoot and automatically upload video from the participant’s phones (30 of them) and more software to playback the videos as they come in (with some controls for play, pause, stop, next and previous).
Hans, my technical collaborator, took care of setting up an Asterisk server and queue to receive the phone in reports and play those out as they came in.
We have one performance to go, please tune into the live stream, come to the live event or check it out afterwards. The previous 4 are available now if you would like a taste.

Here is some press that I just came across: Art and Innovation Collide