A special shout out to my hometown, Boston. My thoughts go out to those who were directly affected by the recent acts of terror during the Boston Marathon. I’m very grateful my family, friends and old colleagues are safe.
On a more positive note, I got accepted to present two projects at the 13th International NIME Conference in South Korea. I can’t wait to go, but I really need to brush up on my Korean. All I know is Sarang Hae, Gguh jyuh and random things I picked up from K-Pop. Fighting!
While I’m on that side of the world, I plan to visit Toshitaka Amaoka at his lab in Tokyo and recite haikus while riding the bullet trains of Japan. This is one of my favorites:
古池 / 蛙飛び込む / 水の音
furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto
The old pond / A frog jumps in, / Kerplunk!
- 松尾 芭蕉 (Matsuo Bashō), 1686. Translation by Allen Ginsberg
Please send me more haikus, especially ones you wrote yourself.
Big news to report, I leveled up a generation and became an uncle a few weeks ago! Vimeo work is progressing, but taking a bit longer than anticipated. Got notes back from designers on the app I’m building, working on addressing them before we push anything out. There’s also an internal API hack day happening this Saturday, the 4th, excited to see what comes out of it.
Most of my time at ITP lately has been spent in office hours. I was able to sit in on the PitchFest, which was really great. So impressed with everyone that presented, and big congrats to Doug Kanter and the whole Databetes team for making it to the finals of the Stern Business Plan Competition. I also went to the Rhizome 7 on 7 event last Saturday, which was a blast. It reminded me of a rapid fire version ITP Applications class. The presentations will hopefully be online HERE soon, including Evgeny Morozov’s keynote.
Some other noteworthy items:
Bruce Sterling: Fantasy Prototypes and Real Disruption
Brett VIctor: Stop Drawing Dead Fish
KhanAcademy: A Conversation with Elon Musk
Let’s Free Congress: an SVA Master’s Thesis
It’s been a busy few weeks of office hours, assorted projects, and I’m not really sure what else because all of a sudden it’s the last weeks of the semester. I took a short Chicago trip and saw the Green Mill, an awesome Jazz bar from the Al Capone era. highly recommend it if you find yourself in Chicago.
I’ve also been bitten by the web-programming bug in the past week, and am burning my way through Code Academy Lessons, Mozilla CSS animations, and this beautiful illustrator plugin Drawscri.pt (Thanks Lia!).
Thesis week is upon us. See as many presentations as you can, between the large screens on the floor, the room itself, and the online streaming with an always interesting live commentary from current students, ITP Alum, and Faculty.
For your viewing pleasure:
It’s crazy to think that the semester is winding down, and that thesis week is almost upon us! It’s been great to see how far the projects have come and what else will happen in the final stretch. I’m looking forward to tuning into the presentations, and hanging out with Tom and other alumni on the thesis shep channel.
I had the opportunity to see Kevin Slavin in conversation with Thomas Bayrle last week at the Goethe Institute. I had no idea Kevin apprenticed for Thomas back when he was an art student at Cooper Union. He spoke a lot about the algorithmic qualities inherent in Bayrle’s work, which he began doing long before computer processes could automate them. We also had a moment of silence in light of the decision by Cooper Union’s board of trustees to begin charging tuition for the first time in the school’s history. This blog post puts the tragic decision in context, and has harsh words for the “global education brand” that universities like NYU are pursuing.
I saw James Nares’s amazing video piece Street at the Met. It ends May 27th and I highly recommend checking it out. This article has a good description of his process. I was also able to check out Jon Kessler’s most recent installation at the Swiss Institute, called The Web. It’s down now unfortunately but was pretty epic. Also, if you get a chance before Sunday, I highly recommend checking out Shane Hope’s show at Winkleman Gallery. It’s pretty wonderful, and a great use of 3d printing. And mark your calendars boys and girls, James Turrell is coming to the Guggenheim in June!
Hey first years — thesis week is coming up in a few weeks! In case the last digest doesn’t come out before then, the best advice I can give you is to make time to watch some presentations. In fact, watch as many as you can. Sit close to the front and show your support. It’s the best week of the year and the culmination of our beloved second years’ ITP careers (kind of). Regardless, the presentations will be amazing (at least from what I’ve seen).
Now that my wrist is finally out of the brace, I started using the Leap to measure my progress with regards to range of motion and track it on a personal website that my doctor will have access to. I suspect that he has his doubts about the accuracy of the measurement but is pleased with my zeal.
Working on the development side of some interactive Processingjs maps for Canada’s Tar Sands Solutions Network. Launching soon.
Went to Seattle/ Portland over the weekend. I visited the EMP Museum for the Science Fiction exhibit where I met one of the best characters in cinema history, Teddy from AI. The website has a great reading list of SF novels that I’d love to dive into.
Speaking of SF: Sci-Fi Interfaces.
A Quality site: hot men and cats.
Silly-fast Mobile Prototoyping
I attended a funeral last weekend in New Jersey for a distant family member and was re-reminded of the social/economic/cultural bubble that is lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
I decided to screw it and have started helping students with OF and various back-end web frameworks I have no experience with. I have yet to violate the hippocratic oath (I think) and it’s been a fun learning experience for me. Really in fact most of the questions have little to do with what is peculiar to these technologies…
It’s also been really gratifying to see everyone’s thesis projects come together, some with surprise endings! I’m also excited for the Big Screens teams next year, which I’ve always thought of as the thesis project you do before thesis or (during thesis, as the case may be).
While we’re still on the topic of thesis and more specifically thesis presentations, I found this opinion piece that does a good job of explaining scientific method (what it is and what it isn’t) in terms that impact daily existence, at least for those of us who lap up media reports about scientific research results.
On the Parlor front, we’ve finally started to engage with some K12 folks. As it turns out, this whole free-range social reading thing aligns pretty well with the new Common Core English standards. We’re also getting interest from Yale and other liberal artsy northeast schools who are trying to figure out how humanities can participate in this new world of technology-enabled learning given that most of the technologies are optimized for STEM.
I had a nice conversation with Tom about use of technology in dance and ways to capture, visualize and amplify “movement data” in dance which brought me back to this Steve-Reich-driven Anna Teresa de Keerksmaeker piece. Low tech and very satisfying.
The last weeks brought me something to decorate my bathroom! I won the “People’s choice to the Most Unusual Instrument” prize and the third prize of the Jury in Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.
I really enjoyed the time there and I met eighteen amazing artists from all around the world showing their inventions. Somehow it felt a little sad that I was the only girl participating on this, and that is something I have been witnessing in all NIME related events I have attended….so this is is a call to all you girls NIME-inventors!! (considering the amount of people that I think is reading these lines, will be a very quiet call…)
And I wanted to share some of the jewels that I met there:
Hans Leeuw and his Electrumpet (1st Prize)
Onyx Ashanti and his Beatjazz Exo-Voice Prothesis (2nd Prize)
Bruce Gremo and his cilia
And I am sure we will all hear about this really soon since they are launching it worldwide in the next months:
Roli’s Seaboard: New Synth / Electric Piano
Pretty awesome device!!
And this coming weekend I will be participating in the event “Twilight of the Sound Object” organized by the NYU Department of Music and First Performance with very interesting workshops, sessions and keynotes…totally recommend it and planning to spend all Saturday there.
Inside ITP walls world I have been witnessing how some of the projects in my Thesis group come alive in different venues in NY and I am sooooooo proud of them! They have all worked extremely hard and it’s great to see them flourish in their final shape. I back Lia’s message to first years: Don’t miss Thesis presentations!!
Also I recently got a “present” from the past, and I am diving in all sorts of video formats to digitalize and upload the archive of previous NIME performances since 2002…will share the link when I am done!
And I leave with a song that has been banging my head for the last weeks
Great to see all the thesis projects coming together. I second Lia’s advice to first years: nothing will prepare you better or make more excited for your own thesis than watching, discussing and celebrating the presentations during thesis week. I enjoyed seeing Owen Roberts and Mark Kleeback perform their thesis projects at Secret Project Robot this past weekend (as well as a reprise of Danne Woo’s great NIME project).
I’ve been working furiously to finish up music I’m creating for an Animated StoryCorps TV special that will air on PBS later this year. I’ve always wanted to write music for cartoons
I’ve also been prepping for a show in Paris opening in June at the Palais de Tokyo — a giant walk through music box installation. My friend Ranjit who I’ll be working on it with has a cool looking show opening this week at the Clocktower Gallery.
My office hours have been completely full the last few weeks. Which is awesome. I don’t seem to get to see what students are working on unless they sign up for office hours and there are definitely some great projects happening right now. I wish I had taken Redial as a student.
Working with Adam Quinn this week we were able to export the thesis summaries from the thesis site into an InDesign template without having to copy and paste all of the information in. I get a bit too excited when I see programs support scripting. Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen it already, [DrawScript], a plugin for Adobe Illustrator was released recently that lets you convert Illustrator shapes into code, in Processing!
I’ve begun working with Rune Madsen and O’Reilly doing similar work as last summer with Dan Shiffman on the Magic Book Project.
Oh, and I just duplicated most of the Residents’ site with Github Pages: http://itpresidents.github.io which is a great reason to mention this link : http://developmentseed.org/blog/2013/05/01/introducing-jekyll-hook/