The ITP's Mind

Michelle Hessel

An interactive ITP brain sketch that will allow user to understand what moves/intrigues each of the 1st year student.


The “inQuery” is a project from ITP's Applications Class in which all the 1st year students must write a blog post about a topic that they are curious about. This is an opportunity in which we are invited to talk about anything that we feel passionated or indignant about. Throughout the semester I found myself very interested in what people were saying and because of that I made a javascript interactive screen visualization of this data. The sketch has the shape of a brain in which nodes move around. The idea is that user will be able to touch the brain nodes and discover each inquiry, its author's name and e-mail. User can also search for specific terms or names. My intention is for people to find interests in common, connect with each other and discuss more about it, whether the user is from ITP or not.


Applications, Introduction to Computational Media

The Wall Map

Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya, Michelle Hessel

An interactive wall installation that aims to create awareness about borders and walls between countries around the world.


The number of walls between nations has increased dramatically over the past decades, specially after 9/11. Fear, insecurity, migration and recent events like the refugee crisis or the deplorable terrorist attacks, are some of the reasons that have deeply influenced the decisions made by governments to build physical walls to protect their borders from their country neighbors. Even though we may be aware of this information, looking at the “big picture”, as this project intends to show, allows the user to look at how the number of boundaries has changed our contemporary political world map.

As a result, we have created The Wall Map, an installation where users will be able to travel through time and explore how new borders and fences have been established since 1960 up to now, including those who have been already announced that will be build in the future.


Intro to Fabrication, Introduction to Physical Computing