Hi, please

Travelogue 3- Wired aesthetics.

Guys! There’s so much artwork taking on new media… I want to research one good project that throws some light in how the combination between art and new media is shaping new aesthetic trends.

Please help me choose AND broaden the dimension for live reporting. Any ideas are much appreciated.

1. EyeWriter

This project is mainly conducted by Zach Lieberman, NYC based artist and teacher at Parsons. About him: “His work uses technology in a playful and enigmatic way to explore the nature of communication and the delicate boundary between the visible and the invisible. He creates performances, installations, and on-line works that investigate gestural input, augmentation of the body, and kinetic response.”

Temptone graffiti, pre paralysis

He has an amazing project called EyeWriterhe co-designed an eye-tracking system to help a graffiti artist and friend of his, Tony Quan (aka Temptone) who has paralysis resulting from sclerosis, to draw using only his eyes. Late last year, artists from around the world met to develop the (low-cost, open-source) software and tools to that enabled Temptone to draw his tag again after more than 5 years.

Check it out:

Phase 2 of the EyeWriter project began last August. The long-term goal is to create a professional/social network of software developers, hardware hackers, urban projection artist and ALS patients from around the world who are using local materials and open source research to creatively connect and make eye art.

My travelogue would consist on further research on EyeWriter—what is going on right now? how has the project evolved? I would, of course, try to contact Zack Lieberman. I know that the Parsons Communication, Technology + Design program is involved in the project, so the idea would be to establish a link and do fieldwork .

2. DRAWN- an installation for hands and ink

ANOTHER great project by Zack Lieberman (yes, I’m becoming obsessed). This project presents a scenario in which painted ink forms appear to come to life, rising off the page and interacting with the hands that drew them. How it works: “custom-developed software alters a video signal in real time, creating a seamless, organic and even magical world of spontaneous and improvised performance of hand and ink.” In the installation, visitors are invited to become performers themselves, learning how to utilize the system in order paint and then tap, nudge and poke the ink across the paper.

Take a look:

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I would like to know where is the installation now, how has the project developed? How has it influenced other new media artists? What are the limitations of the medium? How does it allow the artist from an aesthetic perspective? If it is open source, who else has worked on it, and how have they used it?

3. Real-time data visualizations

There are a lot of art projects that fuel on data provided in real time by internet users- many of them are based on Twitter feeds because it’s a reliable source of real-time info feed. The visualizations have taken different aesthetic forms that we’ve all seen- cloudlike formations,  rhizomes, grids, etc,  and artists are generating new graphics and visual representations. I would like to further explore this. What does real-time data allow the artist to do from an aesthetic perspective? Is there something about the real time nature of data that creates or hints new visual standards? Where do we see these types of visualizations entering spaces beyond the computer screen? Are they influencing back more traditional artforms?

I’d like to base my travelogue on the project TweetCatcha, by Bruce Drummonds – new media artist, designer, coder and musician currently studying an MFA in Design and Technlogy at Parsons. TweetCatcha seeks to uncover the organic nature of news as it travels through Twitter over time, by examining the movement of NY Times articles through Twitter.

Anyway, any feedback is much appreciated– especially on how to keep it LIVE (as in real time).


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  1. ElzbthMllr 10:27, Feb 22nd, 10

    I think there would be a lot interesting to research around real time data visualizations. I know there has been a lot of stuff done in the political realm on this (eg linking blogs as sources of information etc), but I bet it could be really interesting to do from the point of view of design, art etc. Looking forward to learning more.

  2. nadine 13:46, Feb 22nd, 10

    Wow, Parson School rocks!!! You too, by the way, fantastic ideas for your travelogue! It’s difficult to choose, they all seem great. About option 1 and 2 (could you combine them?): you could expand the subject to interactive architecture and cybernetics.
    About data visualization: I am sure that they are plenty of similar projects. Do you think it would be possible to create you own map of a topic related to class?
    And have you seen Alexander Galloway’s Carnivore software?

  3. HoniehLayla 21:03, Feb 22nd, 10

    DRAWN – sounds amazing and inspiring. This will open so many doors for new media artists and the fact that it is interactive not only to the artist but the viewer is highly creative.

    I would love to learn more about Zack Lieberman and both his projects because they definitely think “outside of the box” when it comes to art!!!

  4. mushon 23:51, Feb 22nd, 10

    Zach is a friend and is indeed very talented. Let me know if you want me to make the connection. (I would actually love to learn about the next steps for Eyewriter)

  5. Ryan 00:51, Feb 23rd, 10

    Eyewriter sounds real cool. I’ll have to talk to you more. This seems like a great tool for art and people suffering with disabilities of paralysis. I myself suffered a spinal cord injury from a motorcycle accident that left my leg paralyzed for while. I underwent months of rehab along with stroke patients and other spinal cord patients. I took great comfort in art therapy and ended up volunteering for over a year with the art therapist who ran the program once a week. I would love to introduce her to this.

  6. Jimena 01:30, Feb 23rd, 10

    Thanks to all for your feedback. I think for now I’ll focus on following follow Zach Lieberman’s path. Nadine, I would actually love to generate some visuals myself as part of the travelogue… I’ll define what depending on the course it takes, the state of the projects, etc.

    @Mushon: thanks! can we talk it over after class?

    @Ryan: let’s!

  7. bruce 22:01, Mar 3rd, 10

    Hi, thanks for mentioning TweetCatcha! I see you’ve decided to focus on EyeWriter which is super awesome (and Zach is an amazing teacher), but if you need more info feel free to get in touch with me. Cheers!

  8. bruce 22:05, Mar 3rd, 10

    p.s. Nick Hardeman and me collaborated on TweetCatcha.

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