Saturday, October 29, 2005



[we played with our toys, and try to work on the circuit bending to make some funny sounds. however, no one turned up and notice us is the class keep going. so, i decided to leave at 11 and buy some electronic equipments, like variable resistors, in Maplin to go on playing with the circuit. finally, i did something wrong by accident, i thought i burned one resister, but i fixed it and still worked out something funny. by the way, thank you Ajit to give me the code of using switch in the BX24.]
//put switch live in or postive in pin 9 and ground other wire//
//put LED live in or postive in pin 12 and ground other wire//

Sub Main()

DIM A As byte
A = getPin(9)
Debug.print cstr(A)

if (A =1) Then
call putPin(12,1)

if (A =0) Then
call putPin(12,0)

end if
call delay(0.05)
end if
End Sub


[since i started brainstroming/researching the idea from week one, i came up with different ideas. and all of them are trying to fulfill artistic, technology, cultural, interactive, sensors, projection and installation aspects. for those aspects, i did research base on interactive art and urban culture. and i found some good example in || || || || etc. the first idea basically was inspired by the work, a_mirror, which is an installation that is comprised of a glass mirror, which reflects both in a physical and virtual way.]

[the idea is called, real-life microcontroller. basically it is an installation which contains many different sizes of monitors mounted on its individual tracks. and all monitors are attached with a recordable webcam to let participants to record their messages/opinions. as well as, same amount of sensors will be installed, to trigger motors on the tracks and moves the monitors along the track. basically, the motive is to make a real-life microcontroller, participant can set up different topics before they go in the installation. and then other participants can record their own opinion in a individual monitor. however, the processing part of the microcontroller will be your brain.]

[this is the second idea, which i have got last academic year for ||maverick machines||. basically, this is a continu of the nu balance 205 mannequin project. however, this time is to express violence in the world. in the rough idea, participant hit different patches of the midi drum kit, and then signal send to a laptop which has max/msp/jitter written in it, to trigger different sound effect of human fight and trigger the violence video frame by frame and project by a projector. so, u can make beat and rhythm by human sounds as well as the violence video. anyway, it is called nu balance 305]

[this is the final idea that i have got in the moment, basically it was another idea came up last year. however, it was a conceptual idea, because of some of the components in the input devices need to be figure out. for example, the device which track the movement of the sensors which is installed inside the fat cap of the customized spraycan, the color of the spraycan and the size of the line draw. the whole concept of the idea is to provide a platform for graffiti artists to tag or bomb landmarks by the use of technologies and dynamic visualization of a projector.]

[and then i started doing research on video/motion tracking and how other artists use projector. first of all, i found a chapter of the physical computing which is talking about video tracking, it mentioned how to use different programs, like Xtras of Director/max/Java/processing and microcontroller. it gave me a lot of clue and confidence to understand that, what i want to do is possible. || ||. other than that, i also found some sample code of the Director Xtra, named webcamXtra. i thought this will be what i need for the experiment! || ||. and the second thing was the inspiration by other artists, as the examples below, one of them are a student work from the Tisch ITP, new york university. which is an interactive menu, although i thought it is a bit commercial, but i was really impressed by the feel of the work, as well as the programming.]

[the other work that inspired/encouraged me to use projector is called parallel worlds. this is not an interactive piece, but i thought it is a good example to use a projection to express an artistic thought. the creator customized a suitcase, and put all the equipments needed inside, like computer, power supply and projector etc, and then attached it on the side of a metro. when the metro get into the tunnel, the projection was]

[after the specific research, i did a little bit modify for the idea, to make it more possible to be produce. firstly, i changed the sensor inside the fat cap to a LED which is connected with a simple circuit attached with batteries to turn it on/off. and the circuit will be installed inside the body of the spraycan, because of a bright object will be tracked with a better result by the webcam and infrared LED will be the best, because webcam can see IR then human eye. secondly, i will use webcam and Xtra plug-in of Director MX to track the motion of the LED, as well as identify the color of the LED. and finally the programme convert the motion of LED to line drawing and will be projected back by the projector. as well as we can project the visual to some famous landmarks to get more awareness...]

[the next thing i am going to do is to get into Director and its plug-in, test the mechanism of the spraycan circuit and research on how microcontroller can work with Director to simplify the project!]

Saturday, October 22, 2005



[introduction of circuit bending, Paul gave us tip how to simply figure out an existing circuit board, and how to use variable resistor to change the current of an electronic kids' paino and made weird sounds. i started to have a clue about the possibility of a micro-controller, for example i can simply hook up a sensor for the input device, connect it up with the BX24, write a simple program, and then i can kind of using the sensor to change the current rather then using the varaible resistor......other than that, Richard showed us another sample circuit for the BX24 and to write a program to make the LED blink. like what i have said in the last post, i learn better after failure, this week i connect the power supply all the way round. then i discovered, if you make a mistake like that, you will not burn your BX at first, it will only heat up your voltage regulator ......if you know it before it burned.]

[i started doing the research from - - try to go through their notes and get a better theoretical and practical ideas. i found some of their students' work, gave me a lot of inspiration, and would like to bring up one here - - personally, i thought it is kind of commerial, but it will work in the real life and it is a good example of using a projector for me. in the comming days will keep doing research and try to generate ideas for the final assessment.]

Monday, October 17, 2005



[Richard showed us some web links which people did similar things. i was quite impressed by a work titled || laptop_orchestra || from - it is an interactive synaesthetic instrument, designed for performances of audio visual compositions in real time. it looks pretty dynamic with those fifteen laptop screens showing different visuals and making different sounds. as well as, some more web links - - - - - etc.]


[workshop this week is to produce our own breadboard circuit for the BX24, try to connect it to the power supply and the BasicX. some classmates wondering the color of the wires if they are the same and some other wondering about the positive and negative pole from the power supply, basically, as the module called "experimental", i thought we should do anything that we think it is make sense, because we had 3 hours to do it and i believe i will learn better from failures... ]


[i did research on diferent micro-controllers this week, basically, they can do similar things but different type of micro-controller has different features. some of them has a bigger user base, some of them has more analogue-to-digital converter, some of them are faster, some of them has more memory, some of them only work in pc-base environment and they are all using different programming language etc. because of i just have a mac living with me, so, i am trying to figure out which one should i use for my single project later on in the next semester or i should install a virtual pc, and how can i convert the serial cable into USB etc.]

Thursday, October 13, 2005



[introduction of this module and another module which titled || timebase imaging ||, basically, i thought this module is an extension of the module || maverick machines || from the last academic year. as a digital artist, artefact should appears on any media by using different technologies, whatever digital and electronic media. it gives more space for artists to express their ideas. personally, i would like to create interactive art/installation, not a graphically one, but a physically one. i would like to produce something funny, gimmicky, easy to understand and reflect to contemporary life/culture. i think this module will helps me for my future career as a below-the-line agency designer. as well as, Richard introduced BX24 and its circuit to connect power.]


[because of the workshop came before the lecture in week one, so, the first workshop bascially was another introduction of the module by Mitja. but it was a bit strange, because in his introduction, he combined this module with another module || timebase imaging ||. i was a bit confused, because i was still don't know we had option to choose one module between these two. there was no formal or informal announcement before the semester or during the summer. and i also felt a bit doesn't make sense to combine two different modules' workshop/lecture together, they are supposed to has different content.]


[i read through the module study guide and some of the web links, try to get more information and inspiration in both technologies and the module itself. i had draw a little summary for my assessment... it should be artistic by using the knowledge of || marverick machines || and || network aesthetics|| from the last academic year. it should be a production which combine art, technology and culture. as well as it should be an interactive art work in any platform like telecommunication or micro-controller etc, it can be trigger by touch, sound, midi, temperature, movement and pressure. by using those inputs to design and construct a system that convert analogue signals to digital information by micro-controller and enable them to gather data. finally, it should be risk taking by the form of installation/performance/event.]