The sun’s atmosphere dances. Giant loops swell up over the surface. Waves sweep through. Eruptions of material five, 10, 50 times the size of Earth explode out into space.
Solarium — an innovative new piece of video art — puts you directly in the heart of this mesmerizing show. The art taps into a vast reservoir of imagery from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
SDO watches ultratraviolet light invisible to the naked eye to track how material dances through the solar atmosphere. SDO takes a picture almost once a second — no other solar observatory has ever collected data on the entire sun at the speeds with which SDO does. Each image has eight times as much resolution as an HD TV.
Sleepwalkers is an interactive installation about beings that live inside the walls of a historic building. It was commissioned by Urban Putt, an indoor miniature golf course built by artists and designers in San Francisco.
Sleepwalkers combines a host of techniques to make it seem that a three inch tall luminous being is interacting with the physical world—including the hands of participants—while illuminating its environment.
1096 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110
Waves, a suspended sculptural LED video installation in Houston, Texas, echoes the flow and constant current of people walking through the atrium. The video display content is the result of a public-participation performance, a signature method of the artist. Over one hundred workers and tenants of the building complex, as well as passersby, performed over a green-screen surface while being captured by Canogar’s over-head video camera. They were first asked to crawl, and then encouraged to be creative. They danced, ran and cartwheeled. The result is a dynamic video animation featuring the building’s residents and workers and the local Houston community in both realistic and abstract forms.
Waves is the first permanent piece of public art in the U.S. by Daniel Canogar. The installation is situated in the atrium of 2 Houston Center, an office building in downtown Houston.
Nestled into the corner of the library façade are more than 23,000 blue Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). To the casual observer, a shimmering cascade of light appears to flow down the wall but it becomes quickly evident that what one sees are actually words flowing through each other at different rates. By tracking one line of text, the observer will discover that they are looking at research being carried out within the library, bringing what is going on inside the library outside.
The Long Now Foundation commissioned Jürg and his team in Switzerland to build a custom version of his Viktor chalk-drawing machine and create software to interface with it for our San Francisco bar/cafe/museum venue The Interval. We are working with Jürg to develop content for the machine and eventually make it a platform for use by visiting speakers and artists.
The design of the chalk-drawing machine is extremely elegant, using an unconventional system of pulleys that is driven by high-quality Maxon Swiss servo motors to triangulate the drawing tool. The motors are coordinated by an open-source controller developed by Jürg himself.
The Interval at Long Now
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94109
A digital installation, Blueprint embraces the relationship and parallels between art and science, creating compositions through the mathematical principles of logic that underpin life.
Exploring analogies between DNA and computer code, UVA have created the Blueprint series; works that pair genetics and code as the blueprints of artificial and natural systems. As the work slowly changes over time, patterns fluctuate between varying degrees of complexity. Blueprint uses the basic concepts of evolution to create an ever-transitioning image. With cells literally transferring their genes to their adjoining others, color flows like paint across the canvas.
Drawing up a unique colorful composition every minute, Blueprint presents the unlimited outcome that results from a single algorithm or a single set of rules.
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Theme:
Art, Technology, and Activism on the 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement
Monday Evenings, 7:30-9:00pm
The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA
Lectures are free and open to the public.
Jan 26 2015
Desire Narratives for a Solidarity Art Economy: from Mutual Aid to Community Land Trusts
March 9 2015
DeafSpace and Making Musical Instruments
April 6 2015
Jose Carlos Martinat / Enrique Mayorga
April 13 2015
Jesse Drew / Glenda Drew
Silent Lights is a light installation by Urban Matter Inc created over a pedestrian pathway that responds to the large amount of traffic noise on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) at the intersection of Park Avenue and Navy St. Since the noise is invisible but ever-present, we created an installation that visualizes the noise. This allows the pedestrians to see the noise in various patterns versus just hearing it.
Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority have teamed up to create “Art on the Marquee,” an ongoing project to commission Public Media Art for display on the new 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. The largest urban screen in New England, this unique digital canvas is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. to integrate art alongside commercial and informational content as part of the MCCA’s longstanding neighborhood art program.
“Art on the Marquee” offers artists more than 3,000 square feet of digital display on seven screens, providing full-motion video and a viewership of more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists. The marquee is visible for a half a mile in many directions.