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.
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.
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Handweavers Guild of Boulder
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.
Exhibit opened on December 14, 2014
Don’t miss the public debut of Robot Swarm, MoMath’s new blockbuster exhibit. Interact with two dozen small, glowing robots who react to your presence and communicate with each other, chasing after you or zooming away as you move across the floor. With cutting-edge new developments in motion control and positioning systems, this is the most ambitious robotics exhibit in the nation. Discover why swarm technology is one of the most exciting fields of robotics, as simple mathematical rules bring these robots to life!
Ever wonder who took the first photos of snowflakes?
From the earliest memories of our childhood, many of us can remember hearing the phrase “no two snowflakes are alike”. This discovery was made in the small rural town of Jericho, Vermont by Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931).
A self educated farmer, Bentley attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.
He would go on to capture more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime, not finding any two alike. His snow crystal photomicrographs were acquired by colleges and universities throughout the world and he published many articles for magazines and journals including, Scientific American and National Geographic.
In 1931 his book “Snow Crystals”, containing more than 2400 snow crystal images, was published by McGraw-Hill but has long been out of print. A soft cover copy, identical in all respects, can be obtained today from Dover Publications, Inc.. On December 23, 1931, Bentley died at the family farmhouse in Jericho. Because of his wonderful work with snow crystals, he became affectionately known as “Snowflake” Bentley.
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Opens February 15, 2015 at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Photographers, image makers, and innovators Felice Frankel, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, and Berenice Abbott are featured in this new exhibition at the MIT Museum. While working at MIT, each photographer explored a range of scientific questions.
By using strobes, magnification, and other light-capturing strategies, they reveal their curiosity about the natural world and how it works. Visitors will learn more about using photography to examine the unknown through their exposure to these fascinating photographers.