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Here is the premiere of our wearable tech / contemporary dance piece at the HASTAC conference last week. 

Our clumsy bows aside, we got some good feedback, and I am interested in continuing this line of research where new media technologies can be employed to enrich the affectivity of performative art. 

Would love to get your thoughts on it.

Enjoy. Click!

Watch it at night. If you don't I'll know. :)



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old Pure Data Project

a Lowpass Filter is usually used to remove the higher, brighter tones from a sound, leaving it sounding darker, or 'warmer'. at it's simplest, it works something like this:

[audio in] =>=+===========>===============>==================+=>= [audio out]
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^ v
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+=<=[volume reduction]=<=[slight time delay]=<=+

it takes the sound, delays it slightly (i'm talking less than a thousandth of a second), turns the volume down, brings it back and adds it to itself. this makes the signal of the sound at any given millisecond a little more similar to it's position the millisecond before. looking at a waveform of a lowpassed sound and comparing it to the original, the lowpassed singnal looks like it's having trouble moving as quickly; it's abrupt corners are rounded, lethargic.

so rather than using the filter to change the tone of sound, i thought i'd see if you could use it to make a change in position of something visual seem heavier, like it was having trouble tracking those tight corners like the waveform. i used PureData's filters and openGL graphics to make this:

at first it was just the sphere, 3 noise generators (one for it's x, y, and z position), and 3 lowpass filters (all set to something like .05hz). i think it looks like it has momentum. :)

then it turned into screwing around; i took the sphere's position, branched it to (i think) 60 different grouped xyz sets, lowpassed it again (lower frequencies for the bigger particles), made an 'orbit' rotation, and then screwed around with colored lights, added mouse tracking, and a few other bells + whistles.
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International Workshop-Seminar on Public Data Visualization will take place in November 12 - 27, 2009 at Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain).Deadline for projects and papers: October 5, 2009Call for collaborators: October 16 - November 11, 2009 by José Luis de Vicente. Teachers: Ben Cerveny (Stamen) and Aaron Koblin. With the support of Bestiario.This new edition will focus on the implications of using data structure visualization to aid in public processes of decision-making. Selected projects and papers will tackle the topic of Open Data and Visualization for Government Transparency and Civic Engagement.Visualizar'09 includes an international seminar and an advanced project development workshop. Both activities will tackle the topic of transparency of data to make public discussion and debate possible, regarding the political, social, and scientific processes. Consequently, one of the objectives of Visualizar'09 will be the development of new strategies for communicating these data and returning them to the public domain.All those interested in collaborating in one of the selected projects can sign in from October 16 to November 11.Submission of databases:Public databases of institutions or research groups interested in sharing them and making them more available to citizens can be sent to visualizar[arroba] or through databases could serve as work material for data visualization projects selected for this workshop.More information: the support of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology - Ministry of Science and Innovation (FECYT - Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación)Nerea García GarmendiaComunicación / PressMedialab-PradoÁrea de Las Artes, Ayuntamiento de MadridPlaza de las LetrasAlameda, 15 28014 MadridTfno. +34 914 202
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DANCERS! is an interactive video data base of professional dancers of any style or technique improvising within a precise context : 2 minutes, defined space, exact lighting, chosen music.Designed by Bud Blumenthal, the DANCERS! project aims to put the dancer in the center to demonstrate his/her art without having to adapt to the vision of a choreographer.DANCERS! can be viewed online for free at where one can navigate through the dances in an easy and entertaining way that also provides links to the artists and commentaries. You want a high quality version of a particular dance for your television or mobile phone? By purchasing online for less than a euro, you can download the HQ file to your computer. - AND you will be supporting these artists financially.The DANCERS! installation will be presented for the first time in the Biennale of Charleroi/Danses in November 2009. In a public place in the city of Charleroi, Belgium, spectators can interact with the database via a control panel in front of a giant screen where the dances are life size!more info at
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