Beginnings of a Portrait of an Artist

Our next assignment is to craft a video piece that will serve as a portrait of an artist. Our group has a few different ideas on who we want to focus on, so we are purposely keeping our process open-ended.

Mystify Version 2.5

While trying to get the bounce feature to work properly in the mystify sketch I was writing, I realized while working on the orbiting sketch that I could use sine waves as an alternative to having boolean switches that ticked on and off when the x or y coordinates increased past the canvas boundaries. What resulted is a more fluid dynamic that pretty mesmerizing. I also added the function of adding points when left-clicking and removing points when right-clicking.

Orbiting Bodies Sketch, Part I

This is the first stab at making a sketch that shows multiple particles orbiting around a single point. I’m partially inspired by the talk by Carter Emmart and also inspired by the visualizations in Interstellar. I’m also fascinated by particle movements that are defined by mathematical equations, like orbital dynamics. Finally, I wanted to see if I could fake something that looks 3D while only using 2-dimensional math.

Mystify version 2

I decided to attack the problems I was having on my Mystify code with a bit of additional knowledge and finesse while still avoiding any new topics, like multi-dimensional arrays. I came up with a simple solution for the ghost trails by essentially reducing the alpha (i.e. transparency) of the background refresh.

The timelessness of technophobia

How have our lives changed since the advent of the computer age? What if this question had already been answered in the first decade of the 20th Century? Written at a time when computers were still considered people, E. M. Forster wrote a short story that presaged our current condition of screen addiction, social media frenzy, and the resulting feelings of isolation.

First Switch

A seemingly simple task, we were required to create a switch in a circuit. Already, I began to think of layers of functionality that I could work into this assignment, but I decided to keep this one simple. I managed to play around with a few of the different components we were required to purchase for our physical computing class. Among the shopping list included a pressure sensor, a potentiometer, and a tilt sensor. 

Mass Production, Part I

The challenge on this project was to create a set of 5 identical items. I decided to make 5 boxes of a fairly innocuous size, 4″x6″. As an ITP student, I have plenty of pieces of things (mostly from physical computing) and some extra storage couldn’t hurt.

Pac Man

Inspired by our Computational Media professor’s lecture on arcs and ellipses and her sketch of a Pac Man, I just had to figure out how to animate it.

Simple Clock on P5.js

I wanted to make sure that I completed the requirements of the assignment, which was to make a composition of simple shapes, so I also made a very simple clock that makes use of the arc and ellipse functions.

Mystify your mind

As our first Computational Media assignment, we were asked to create a screen drawing using a p5.js. I decided that I wanted to come up with something a little more generative with some random values assigned and in particular something that moved. Once I began thinking about this, I had a hard time shaking the Windows screensaver of yesteryear, Mystify Your Mind.

Programming Design and Space

Computation is an immensely powerful resource that now is widely available, and programming is the language to tap into that resource. I’ve had some experience programming in various languages, but I’ve never reached the point where I could output anything particularly useful. I’m hoping to reach a level at ITP where I can really cross that threshold that lies between my prior casual understanding into a richer connection to a tool that is carrying a heavier and heavier load in everyone’s lives.

Google Context Search?

In February of 2007, Harper’s Magazine ran an article that described the conversation about a painting and the photograph that inspired that painting. Both Joy Garnett, the painter and Susan Meiselas, the photographer offered their views on their respective works and the looming lawsuit that never ensued. Meiselas was concerned about the context of the original photo which was removed in the painting. Perhaps Meiselas can be set at ease with the knowledge that context is never more than a few clicks or finger taps away.

This shouldn't be this hard

Homemade Flashlight, Part III

While I managed to get the innards more or less made to fit within the bottle, the electric tape kept adding enough thickness that it was getting really hard to pull it out without the whole thing falling apart. Even though I already intended to switch out the bulb, I decided to rebuild the rest of the battery and bulb circuit from the cap up paying attention to thickness and robustness.