All posts by Nicole Kim

CaramellDansen Shake!

super fun girls time presents:

shake-your-booty-fun! (abi, emily, ieva, and nicole)

press ‘1’ to start player 1’s round. press ‘2’ to start player 2’s round. press ‘w’ to see who won. press ‘q’ to restart and play again!

Screenshot of gameplay
Screenshot of gameplay
Winner's screen!
Winner’s screen!


link to all the media files-


Computer Machines

hello earth people

I am a huge Luddite. I am generally skeptical towards all things of new ‘technology’, and as a good rule of thumb, I like to keep my communication, and my ideas, analog and on paper. 

When I explain to people that I am interested in New Media art and interactive design, my apparent distaste for technology seems to directly conflict with my stated interests. How is it that I want to work with a medium that I openly object to? Honestly, this question appeared to be a paradox, even to myself. However, the more I thought about different elements of what I liked and disliked about new technology, the incongruity cleared.

Computers utilized for communication create a virtual prison for users. By communication, I mean the mundane dialogue between person x and person y; scheduling dates to meet, things to do, talking about whose dog at which homework- all of these discussions that we have to fulfill our innate desire for social interaction are poisonous when combined with new technology. Because computers allow users to always be available for communication, people are able to hold tens, or hundreds, of these benign conversations every day.  As we are desensitized to the practice of multiple conversations, this becomes the norm in our social habits. We grow the number of dialogs we have at a singular moment in time, because we can. We build webs of conversations, which serves as a constant reminder of how not alone we are in this world. Always online, always connected. The idea that people are always on social media is a terrifying and saddening reality; noses buried into smartphones, unable to stop dancing thumbs, and instead, experience the world outside of this imaginary bubble-society. This bubble of virtual reality serves as a perpetual distraction to the life in the real world. Maybe moderation is the key to both better communication and greater happiness, but from what I’ve seen, there is no moderation with social media. Moderation would juxtapose the foundation of social media, which is to be connected at all times, any hour of the day. Sometimes it’s nice to be off the grid, you know? No expectations, no communication. Virtual prison is not such a nice place.

The reason why I love New Media art and interactivity is that it utilizes computers for communication in a way that isn’t petty and trivial. These designs create experiences that allow viewers to experience the surreal, which seem to break away from the stupid-shit-for-brains web of mundane communication. The brain becomes dull when it relies too much on computers.  Minds lose the ability to think organically, which is an integral part to creativity and innovation (arguably the driving force of an upwards-growing society (Brynjolfsson and McAfee, The Second Machine Age)). Computers have usurped their role as ancillary tools and instead, have become the creative force instead. Sadly, that is the once function computers cannot do, which is generate new ideas from nothing. When people interact with this new technology art and experience the illusion of the 4th dimension, they actually put their damn phones away for a minute, crane their necks back, and focus on the physical world around them. Computers are not the enemy; they have been nothing but good since their creation. However, people’s insane abuse of the computer machine’s  abilities has consequently created a mutation in social habits that is essentially making us all more apathetic, less intelligent, and  generally a lot less interesting (although I like the cats. We can keep the cats).


Space Shooter (in the works)

hello friends

this week started working on a game that includes computer vision as the controller. this is still in the works, but i’ll post the most recent code i have. basically it’s a derivative of the oldschool game ‘pong’, where the player is a red space ship trying to destroy the black enemy spacecraft (the death star?) by catching the balls and throwing them back at the enemy. The balls shoot randomly from the enemy every half second. If the player can catch a ball by pressing a button when a ball hits them. However, if the ball hits the player when they are not pressing the button, then the player will lose a life.

so far, i have parts of this game working, but the video tracking is a bit off. i’m trying to have the video load only for the beginning of the game so the user can click a tracking marker, and then once the game starts, remove the video so it won’t be distracting during the game. (maybe kinect would work better for this? and/or ‘hand’ tracking)

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Popping Bubbles

hello earthlings

this week i decided to pop bubbles with video




Eat the Shapes Game

hello fellow earthlings

This week, I decided to continue working on the game I made during spring break. I added a force sensor through Arduino to replace the mousePressed() function, as well as some other small details for a more cohesive game.

The goal of this week’s game is to eat as many shapes as possible. To ‘eat’ an object, push the force sensor when your character (the black-outlined circle) is near a shape. A laser beam sound plays every time the force sensor is pressed.  The red number in the background shows how many shapes are currently on screen, and the large  blue number displays the number of shapes eaten. The smaller blue number in the center shows the number of shapes eaten in the previous round (kind of like a ‘high score’ record). If the red number reaches more than 25, the game is over. When a shape is eaten, one of three random sound bits plays (can you guess where I sampled from? Each shape comes on screen based on an independent timer. Every 10 seconds, a large black circle comes on screen. If you eat this shape, the game will automatically be over. Pressing ‘q’ resets the game.

I think I’m finally ready to label this game as ‘finished’. It’s pretty simple in gameplay, but I definitely used this project to explore how to make classes/objects, use the sound library, and connect Processing with Arduino. If I decide to come back and work on this game, I would definitely try to clean up the code so that there aren’t so many repetitive elements/the program will run faster.

goodbye fellow earthlings!


a better looking version of the game


Force Meter Set Up




Geometry Game

The purpose of the game is to move the mouse to move the circle and avoid the moving shapes. If the mouse hits one of the shapes, the circle’s radius gets larger until it grows to cover the whole screen. Some of the shapes change color if it touches the mouse-circle. Players can press ‘h’ to freeze the shapes for 0.5s and move the mouse around (as a helper), and press ‘q’ to restart the game. I want to add ‘levels’ to the game by increasing the number of shapes on the screen after a set amount of time by adding a boolean/timer buuuuuttttt…… uh I still have to figure that out!!



… v a c a t i o n …

Exam on Thursday… I’ve already mentally check out.
A visual representation of my [mushy] brain.


The Impossible Game!

A simple game where the player tries to stop the moving square inside one of the grid boxes. To stop the square, press ‘g’. Try to get the square to fit inside a box before it turns red green! The game is (almost) impossible because depending on the screen size the square and the box might not align, and the rotation of the square might also throw off the alignment! Muahaha…




Music to My Ears

Introducing the world’s most annoying instrument! I made an audio-visual musical instrument whose pitch changes depending on how hard to press the force sensor.


Albers Drawings

Some drawings inspired by Josef Albers cause he was a strange and awesome and strange color theorist.


Albers Illusion


Big Red Button (PANIC)

Assignment No. 2 Photo

ICM: Assignment No. 2 from Nicole Kim on Vimeo.

For my program, I had three switches and three LEDs. I wanted to have switch A turn on the red LED, switch B to turn on the green LED, and switches A and B when pressed simultaneously to turn on the yellow LED. The big red button on the third switch would make the LEDs blink sequentially (panic!!).

For some reason when I coded the yellow LED separately from the rest of the program, I got it to work when both switches were turned on. I even got the code to work with the whole system one time, but then I stupidly fidgeted with the wiring, so the only-yellow-LED code doesn’t work! Frustration!!

void setup(){
pinMode(5,OUTPUT); //red light
pinMode(4,OUTPUT); //yellow light
pinMode(3,OUTPUT); //green light

void loop(){
if(digitalRead(8)==HIGH && digitalRead(7)==HIGH){

(Code for the yellow LED- why do green and red LEDs turn on as well?!)

If anyone wants a little extra homework and wants to help me figure this out later….aaaarggg!! (But I’m still excited && proud of my code this week!)


NaCl (aq) Switch

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These two switches use salt water to turn the LED on or off. Originally, I wanted the switch to be connected to an hourglass filled with salt water, so that every time a drop of water fell, the LED would light up. I tried to recreate this effect in two ways: one with a water bottle,  and the other with a overhead container of water. The idea of a water-hourglass seemed funny to me because, although it would look like it was keeping time, the rate flow would of the droplets would slow down (and the LED would blink at irregular intervals), thus making the hourglass a pretty inaccurate timepiece.

Original hourglass idea
Original hourglass idea