Select Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Spring, 2015
PLASMA — Performances, Lectures, and Screenings in Media Art is a speaker, film, and media arts series presented by the Department of Media Study and co-sponsored by numerous related SUNY Buffalo departments, programs, institutes, and centers, presenting acclaimed, innovative, and adventurous forays across shifting media-arts boundaries. PLASMA speakers present outstanding currents of thought in the field, including media theory, New Media work, artistic practice, game studies, gender and technology, robotics, locative media, performance, media poetics, and a multiple of related interdisciplinary approaches. PLASMA LECTURES and presentations include: (1) an introduction to the work of the artist; (2) a talk or presentation by the artist, and; (3) an opportunity for questions and conversation with each visitor. PLASMA lectures are free and open to the public.
Butterfly Wall consists of 20 hand-cranked mechanical butterflies that are propelled up a cable to gently flutter back down again in a delightful random choreography dictated by the air resistance of their spinning dichroic wings. When the cranks are not being used, a programed set of movements activates the butterflies.
ButterflyWall from Charles Sowers on Vimeo.
There is also a smaller version near the entrance at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Text Rain is an interactive installation in which participants use the familiar instrument of their bodies, to do what seems magical—to lift and play with falling letters that do not really exist. In the Text Rain installation participants stand or move in front of a large projection screen. On the screen they see a mirrored video projection of themselves in black and white, combined with a color animation of falling letters. Like rain or snow, the letters appears to land on participants’ heads and arms. The letters respond to the participants’ motions and can be caught, lifted, and then let fall again.
Located in Terminal 3
A robotic arm randomly moves a cargo ship propellor made of fiberglass in the air. Videocameras embedded in the base of the sculpture capture the presence of passers-by allowing Daisy to move and face her viewers.
Daisy, Singapore 2008 from Christian Moeller on Vimeo.
The world’s largest kinetic sculpture is in the Departure-Check-in Hall of Terminal 1 at Singapore Airport.
“Kinetic Rain” Changi Airport Singapore from ART+COM on Vimeo.
In the course of refurbishment works ART+COM was commissioned to create a signature art installation for the Departure-Check-in hall of Terminal 1 at Singapore Airport. “Kinetic Rain” is composed of two parts, each consisting of 608 rain droplets made of lightweight aluminum covered with copper. Suspended from thin steel ropes above the two opposing escalators, each droplet is moved precisely and seemingly floating by a computer-controlled motor hidden in the halls ceiling. The drops follow a 15-minute, computationally designed choreography where the two parts move together in unison, sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, and sometimes responding to each other.
Image credit: coil-lighting
Conceived and created by members of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder for their 50th Anniversary, this sculpture is visible at the entrance to The Dairy Center for the Arts and represents a merging of technology and textiles.
The sculpture was officially unveiled on Nov 19, 2014 and is scheduled to operate until the front of the building is renovated. The Handweavers Guild donated the sculpture to The Dairy Center and the city of Boulder with the hope various student groups will create effects and interactive sensors to control it in months and years to come.
For more details:
Handweavers Guild of Boulder
plataeux from Kit Webster on Vimeo.
Plateaux is a multi-faceted laser-cut audiovisual sculpture illuminated with mapped projections, commissioned and acquired by Bendigo Art Gallery for their permanent collection. The work evolves through a plethora of kaleidoscopic arrangements which are mapped to the various facets of sculpture. It’s outcome is produced by mixing and duplicating a variety of selected animated sequences into groups whilst individually altering the layers to produce a suitable colour palette and design. The work mimics ancient decorative wall reliefs, enhanced through the integration of digital projection mapping. Its also designed to reflect the complexities of psychedelic mind altering experiences and an abstract depiction of a quantum scale.
Edison is a 10’x10’ sculpture, installed as the centerpiece of the Epiphany hotel in Palo Alto, that is comprised of 100 custom LED bulbs that are each individually controlled in brightness and vertical position, creating a 3-dimensional canvas of light and motion that spans the hotel’s two story mezzanine. The installation pulls from a repository of code, visualizing generative algorithms, ambient movement, data visualization, and any realm of infinite possibilities. The piece was designed as a platform so that any user can contribute their own code to visualize on the sculpture in the space and participate in the collaborative piece.
EDISON from IDEO on Vimeo.
Musical Stairs are an art initiative that increases physical activity and builds social connection within the communities.
Musical stairs and Big Piano are present in more than 1.000 Children’s Museums, Discovery Center, Science Center, City Subway, Shopping Centre, Music Museums and Children’s Hospital. We have partnered with people around the world to touch more lives with this rare innovation. Musical stairs will continue to influence people positively and more lives will be touched in time to come.