If a Kickstarter fails in a forest…

Note: This post includes analysis based on material in The Art of Interactive Design by Chris Crawford and A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design by Bret Victor.

To me, interaction is indeed a feedback loop between two or more people/things that involves them taking turns sensing, thinking, and responding to each other (and, alternatively as Chris Crawford says: inputting, processing, and outputting).

However, interactions come in all shapes and sizes, and unlike Crawford, I feel that the opening of a refrigeration door fully counts as an interaction, just not a very ‘rich’ one.

Some interactions are more ‘rich’ than others, and it seems to be based on the quality with which something performs the sensing, thinking, and responding phase in the cycle. But I don’t think scoring low in one of those categories should disqualify the interaction.

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Pull back the curtain

Computational Media is super cool to me for a couple reasons:

    1. Pulling back the curtain on programming and thinking like a computer.
      I have limited programming experience that mostly involves expletives and frustration. I see this class as the perfect opportunity to increase my code literacy and increase the intuition involved when trying to get the computer to  do what I say!


      (when the p5 shape wont move)

      I like what we have done so far in p5 because its a very WSYIWG approach to programming. Instead of having to print() every line and interpret it, you can visually see what changing a function or number is doing to your program. Yet I look forward to the challenge of this no longer being available, just now equipped with a new understand of how the computer works, and being able to navigate the internet for the answers I need more efficiently (i.e. how to google like a programmer.

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Spend two hours making a child-like drawing

Hi ICM class.

Many many years ago, my friends and I created a “logo” for our “squad” called The Muffin Men. The logo itself is a muffin that reflects the sentiment of the name: funny & cute, but maybe serious?

You can see one (pixelated) rendition of the logo at the top of the page. For this week’s exercise I created the muffin in p5 and it looks like this:

To do this I utilized the p5 Shape reference page and made the muffin out of shapes primarily including the curveVertex() function to make the curves you see around the muffin top. To make the eyes, I tried a different curve function called quadraticVertex(), which I like much better.

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Make an atlas of the whole universe

…and fly through it!!

First class of ITP (Applications with Nancy) featured a presentation from Carter Emmart, who toured us around space to show you how small and unimportant we are.

You can see a version of it for yourself here.

The atlas is a feat of data mapping and visualization capabilities. It took a big team of people to put together and was met with resistance by traditionalists who saw it as a waste of funding.

But it was a powerful experience, and definitely got me interested in planetary and galactic concepts I wouldn’t otherwise care to know. So take that, lame scientists!

NYC 1993: Time Capsule

ImageThe New Museum exhibits are free to NYU students. For my field trip I went to the nostalgic time capsule exhibit titled NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.

In the museums own words:

“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” draws its subtitle from the eponymous album that the New York rock band Sonic Youth recorded in 1993 and captures the complex exchange between mainstream and underground culture across disciplines, which came to define the art of the era.”

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Working my way down from the top, I SnapChatted the pleasant view that the observation deck affords.

One of my favorite pieces was the first contextual piece. A series of about 10 TV’s were lined up and displayed a rotation of facts about 1993 color coded in order to categorize them into world news, US/NYC news, and entertainment/pop culture news. Seeing as how I was 1 year of age during that time, this was the most informative and educative installation in the exhibit.

Aside from that piece, I must admit I don’t have an opinion on many of the other installations. There were, however, two clear interrelated issues at the forefront of many works: gay rights & AIDS.

It is crazy to me that homosexuals were treated poorly so recently in our nations history. Although discrimination most certainly still exists, the video installations as well as a poster (describing the murder of a gay man) in particular make me realize how far the LGBT community has come in a score of years.

The digital exhibitions did a good job of portraying the pain and effort that the gay community carried in order to have their voice heard, especially in the context of HIV/AIDS. Although my view may be biased by these works, I find it appalling how little sympathy the government extended to its own people.

Overall I enjoyed the digital works much more that the other alternative installations. Exhibits like this one make me realize the place that digital art may have in other museums in the future.