September 11 – 2 Isadora Patches

Patch 1

The first patch uses three different groups of generators, a pulse generator attached to a random number generator, a pulse generator attached to an envelope generator, and a wave generator, to adjust the color of the dancer continuously throughout the patch. I went through many renditions of this patch, noticing an interest in watchers. I therefore, in the end, placed a sound watcher in this patch that increases the size of the dancer’s dots when the room get louder. I tried emulating a disco feel with the patch and therefore used fish eye on the bubbles video to create a rounded effect. I also used difference and motion blur to distort the video slightly. I wanted to crop the video into a circle and have a mouse watcher be able to adjust its location in the crop size (imagine a spinning disco ball), but I could not find the appropriate actors.

Patch 2

In the second patch I used to reflectors, one horizontal and one vertical, to create a four way reflection of the dancer. I then introduced difference and shimmer actors. I had difficulty using reflector actors. I wanted to use a 4 way reflector (or possibly larger), but every time I introduced it, it would cut the output and I could not make it appear again no matter what I adjusted. My work around, therefore, was to use multiple reflector actors. I used a circular screen actor with two pulse/envelope generators to adjust the position and a wave generator to adjust the line spacing. I spent a long time attempting to introduced rendered objects, such as lines. I wanted them to reach across the screen in random patterns and although I finally managed to get them to render in the correct form, I could not work out how to do this randomly. Do I need to set parameters on the random number generator that decides their beginning and ending xy position?

3 Example of Video Art

I selected “Do You Like Me Now?” because it is in line with my interest of combining art forms. I like the collaboration between video and dance. In film we are often told to “show, not tell” and this video is a prime example of being able to express emotion and tell a story without having to use dialogue. The video also uses the human body to the excess, which I find very compelling to watch. It is treated like a dream sequence through the the neon lights, ecstatic music, and quick editing cuts. I like it because the movement is satisfying to watch, the design in pretty, and I can translate the story from movement to speech (I know the secret).

I selected Puppet Parade – Interactive Kinect Puppets because it re-imagines the childhood game of shadow puppets. I like that it brings my childhood nostalgia and current interest in interactive technology together, while exhibiting its vast potential to be used in performance. The exhibit makes me ask what else could be done with this technology and this idea. It also demonstrates the far reaching audience range. I think this video is one of the best example of how Interactive Technology has the potential to bring in, and entertain, a more diverse guest list, whether 6 or 106.

I selected Forms Installation at the National Media Museum because I found the the visuals and their accompanying sound ‘tasty’. The very nature of this video is tactile to me, whether its the flow and folding of the images or the clicking and clacking of the sound. I like how you can see the foundation of human movement in the video, but that it’s been taken a step forward and, while complementing the human body, demonstrates the beauty of interactive design. It seems to be based on pre-recorded video however, could this potentially be used in a live installation or performance?