DOING – 19/10/11 – Intro to Electronics and Microcontrollers

Housekeeping

Rationale

Today we’ll look at what is happening underneath the hood of the Arduino a little – how it represents and processes “the world.”

As well, we’ll look at some further elements you should know about for control of and measurement in your projects.

From Last Week

  • What is happening when we ask the Arduino to ‘blink’?
  • Analog = Analogous
    • Hold hands!
    • The squeezing of a hand… –> Drawing on the board
    • What are the characteristics of this (instantaneous/atemporal, subjective)?
  • More than one link in the chain…
    • Transferring a signal between more than one person
    • What about long distances (or even short distances accurately)?
    • What would be a better way to do this?What are the characteristics of this (synchronous, memory based, objective)?

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DOING – 05/10/11 – This Thing We Call Technology

Housekeeping

Rationale

So. This class iis about creative reflections on technology, and using technology. We’re not necessarily always interested in the ‘right way’ to do things, in terms of commercial production, or how the manual tells you to use software, etc. We are, however, interested in looking critically at tools, their use, and the assumptions and values they embody.

Most generally – the approach we’ll take in this class is about establishing a playful relationship with technology. Something akin to playing with physical materials – an outlook that speaks of having some understanding of the fact that there is no technical difference between the ‘digital’ and ‘analog’… It’s all the same damn world, the same “reality.”

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Presentation Schedule 22nd/23rd September – Final Project

Presentations on the 22nd in Space 8

Session 1    

12.30 pm Jane Dudman – exhibition

1.00 pm Ben Thompson – exhibition

1.30 pm Joseph Pochciol – exhibition

2.00 pm Aaron Smiles – exhibition

2.30 pm Internal/External Examiner Discussion

Session finishes by 3.00

3.00 Tea/Coffee Break

Session 2

3.30 pm Sanjay Mortimer – exhibition

4.00 pm Helen Collard – exhibition + performance 6.30-8.30

4.30 pm Pengfei Zhang – exhibition

5.00 pm Alessandro Altavilla – exhibition + outdoor activity

5.30 pm Internal/External Examiner Discussion

Session finishes by 6.00

6.30 pm Exhibition Opening: Culture Lab Space 4/5, 7

8.30 pm Northern Stage Performances
8:30 Andrew Nixon
9:00 Ewelina Aleksandrowicz and Andrzej Wojtas
9.30 Benjamin Freeth

Presentations on the 23rd – 9.00 am, Location: Space 11

Session 3

9.00 am Ewelina Aleksandrowicz – performance/exhibition

9.25 am Andrzwej Wojtas – performance/exhibition

9.50 am  Andrew Nixon – performance

10.15 am  Ben Freeth – performance

10.40 Internal/External Examiner Discussion

Session finishes by 11.10

Modules

Links to module summary pages showing all handbooks & all related posts

Render 2012

Date: 20th-25th September*
Opening Night:  6. 00 pm,  20 September, Thursday
Location Culture Lab; Space 7, Space 4/5
Presentations  – 21st September
Setting Up starts – 18 September

DMS8001 – Thinking

Theory Essay Outline 1: 9th December 2011
Theory Essay 1: 20th of January 2012
Theory Essay 2: 8th of June 2012

DMS8002 – Doing

Physical Computing Exhibition: 7 Dec 2012
Processing Exhibition: 14 Mar 2012
Graphical Programming: 6 Jun 2012

DMS8003 – Final Project
Full-time
Submission #1 – (Proposal, Feasibility Study, Online Progress Journal) 4.00pm 31 January 2012
Submission #2 -(Project Specification, Development Strategy and Work Plan) 4.00pm 17 June 2012
Submission #3 – (Dissertation) 4.00pm 31 July 2012 ( !)
Submission #4 – (Final Project Oral Presentation, Exhibition in MRes Degree Show / RENDER’12) September 2012

Part-time
Submission #1 – (Proposal, Feasibility Study, Online Progress Journal) 4.00pm 31 August  2011
Submission #2 -(Project Specification, Development Strategy and Work Plan) 4.00pm 31 January 2012
Submission #3 – (Dissertation) 4.00pm 31 July 2012 (!)
Submission #4 – (Final Project Oral Presentation, Exhibition in MRes Degree Show / RENDER’12) September 2012

DMS8006 – Creative Web

Identity assignment: 5pm, 27th October 2011
Midterm presentation: 17th November 2011
Final project presentation: 12th January 2012
Final project critical commentary:  5pm, 19th January 2012

SEMESTER 2

Live Electronic Performance

DOING – 11/05/11 – Max MSP 2

Hello,

FIRSTLY: THE THEME FOR THE SUBMISSION IS ‘FRAGMENTATION

Today we had a look at Jitter – the video part of max. This hopefully brings out some of the sublime fun you can have when you are treating everything as data, and interconnecting audio, math and video processes. Max MSP is particularly good for this kind of thing, giving you an environment where you can improvise + explore this interconnectedness.

Here is a bundle of patches, with instructions + explanations:

http://www.mediafire.com/?dldq4olh57jqbv3

Adam

DOING – 27/04/11 – Introduction to Max MSP

We had a look at some of the basic principles of Max MSP and Pure Data

*Max MSP and Pure Data are both based on the ‘Max’ paradigm developed by Miller Puckette at Ircam in the 1980s. Both are very similar: Max can be visually more accessible, and a little more user friendly, but unlike Pure Data you have to pay for it. There are some different ‘objects’ and approaches in each, but nothing too significant: if you learn one, you’ll be able to figure out the other.

*Both are (almost) ‘object oriented’ programming languages. Objects are basically little boxes that do a job, and we connect objects together with patch cords. Objects communicate to each other with messages.

Here is a small bundle of simple Max patches with some instructions in the comments:

http://www.mediafire.com/?v92fmved0937kpc

If you don’t know what an object does, look at it’s help files (shift-cmd-h). In the help file, if you click ‘open reference’ at the top of the window, you’ll find out what messages and arguments the object takes. Also take a look at the tutorials if you can.

Media in Public – 29/03/11 – Assignment Catchup, User Studies, Technologies

Housekeeping

  • Anything further that needs to be said about project development – or are you ok?  What are your questions?
  • Funds – have you submitted your fees forms?

Readings

April 5th Class:

April 26th Tutorials:

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THINKING 4 – 23/03/11 – Art & Science 2: The Philosophy and Science of Experience


Art & Science 2: The Philosophy and Science of Experience

  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s approach to consciousness and embodiement

Reading Material: Page 3-12 http://www.scribd.com/doc/4877219/M-MerleauPonty-Phenomenology-of-Perception

Media in Public – 22/03/11 – Readings & Assignment CatchUp, Research Methods

Housekeeping

  • Last week – more (surprise) feedback from Michael!  How was that for y’all?
  • Anything further that needs to be said about project development – or are you ok?  What are your questions?

“Refractive Index”

Project development – £500 pounds

Another one of Jamie’s stupid 80s/90s movie clips

Readings

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Media in Public – 22/03/11 – Readings & Assignment CatchUp, Research Methods

Housekeeping

  • Last week – more (surprise) feedback from Michael!  How was that for y’all?
  • Anything further that needs to be said about project development – or are you ok?  What are your questions?

“Refractive Index”

Project development – £500 pounds

Another one of Jamie’s stupid 80s/90s movie clips

Readings

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Media in Public – 15/03/11 – Feedback, Readings & Energy

Housekeeping

  • City Council brief- what do we think?
    • Have a bit of feedback from the City?
    • Shall we help each other – go through the projects and give comments?
  • Feedback from Sarah / Michael

“Refractive Index”

Another one of Jamie’s stupid movie clips

Readings

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Media in Public – 15/03/11 – Feedback, Readings & Energy

Housekeeping

  • City Council brief- what do we think?
    • Have a bit of feedback from the City?
    • Shall we help each other – go through the projects and give comments?
  • Feedback from Sarah / Michael

“Refractive Index”

Another one of Jamie’s stupid movie clips

Readings

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THINKING 3 – 09/03/11 – What is Consciousness? Consciousness Studies and Applied Philosophy

Art & Science 1: What is Consciousness? (Atau/Brigitta)

  • Introduction into the philosophical and scientific concept of cognition
  • Descartes, Body-Mind problem
  • Cognitive Sciences, Scientific Methods


Reading: Susan Blackmore – Consciousness: An Introduction 2003


More info: http://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/Books/Consciousness/cons.htm

 

Media in Public – 08/03/11 – City Council Visit

Housekeeping

  • City council – Michael Crilly (michael.crilly@newcastle.gov.uk) – Sarah Doggett (sarah.doggett@newcastle.gov.uk)

Today’s presentations

  • Ben Thompson – night-time visitors in the city centre – creation of a “Bat-Phone” style system
  • Encouraged to control the phone or “big button”
  • Skateboarding – target audience and development of the
  • taking the audience as central – skateboarding
  • taking the interface as central – lighting
  • Joanne Montgomery – walking tour allowing people to understand when they’re near a piece of artwork
  • geocaching – gps drawing – minute war – degree confluence – shutterspot
  • dead drops – heresay – banksy
  • app and/or object to be used with map – full experience prototype
  • new to Newcastle – target audience?
  • keys – what do they get you into…? physical keys…

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Media in Public – 29/02/11 – Favourites, Soundwalks, Ubiquity, Devices

GothicArt.jpeg

Housekeeping

City Council brief- what do we think?

Readings – Did you read this?

    • Public Screens and the Transformation of Public Space
    • Michel-Foucault-Panopticism
    • Temporary Autonomous ZonesOriginal TextHakim Bey
      • Pirate Utopias – temporary areas of ‘insurgency’ that liberate the mind/space/time/imagination
      • Could we imagine creating spaces like this with mobile technologies?
      • An ‘uprising that does not engage with the state’
      • Satori
      • “The first century without terra incognita, without a frontier” – psychospatial-frontiers
      • “Gaps in the calendar” – psychotemporal-frontiers
      • The Net (all info) & The Web (support system for TAZ?) – parasitism and contradiction, ‘riding the beam’ – “Living off the surplus of social overproduction”
      • The flesh as a terminal, machines as ambassadors, information is mediation
      • “Life’s penetration by the marvelous”
      • Arditi and D’Annunzio
      • Parties, festivals: “Let us admit that we have attended parties where for one brief night a replublic of gratified desires was attained” – more reality and force than the U.S. government? Details »

Media in Public – 22/02/11 – Favourites, Sound & City Council Visit

thomaszummer.jpg

Housekeeping

  • Rock Art Sessions
    • Brief – let’s see a few…
    • Reponses to the brief
    • (Field trip?)
    • Paleolithic Projection? Thomas Zummer, 1995

     

  • Lalya Gaye’s Presentation – thoughts? reactions?
  • Stories/insights from your public space excursions of any kind this week:
    • What are the information sources intend for me in this space? What other information is there?
    • What are the energies required to sustain this space?
    • What aspects of this space are public? Private?
    • What is being hidden? What is being revealed?
    • What aspects of the space limit or constrain?
    • What aspects of the space encourage or provoke?
    • Why is this space here?
    • What are you encouraged to do here?

     

  • A few notes from Jamie recent activities…

Media in Public – 22/02/11 – Favourites, Sound & City Council Visit

thomaszummer.jpg

Housekeeping

  • Rock Art Sessions
    • Brief – let’s see a few…
    • Reponses to the brief
    • (Field trip?)
    • Paleolithic Projection? Thomas Zummer, 1995

     

  • Lalya Gaye’s Presentation – thoughts? reactions?
  • Stories/insights from your public space excursions of any kind this week:
    • What are the information sources intend for me in this space? What other information is there?
    • What are the energies required to sustain this space?
    • What aspects of this space are public? Private?
    • What is being hidden? What is being revealed?
    • What aspects of the space limit or constrain?
    • What aspects of the space encourage or provoke?
    • Why is this space here?
    • What are you encouraged to do here?

     

  • A few notes from Jamie recent activities…

Media in Public – 15/02/11 – ROCK ART Wrap Up & Lalya Gaye!

Housekeeping

  • FIRST HOUR (11AM) – about Rock Art brainstorm ideas with Deborah Maxwell from ICCHS. Review of your project response from last week – you were to prepare a one-page graphic A3 summarising one idea in response to the Rock Art project we about last week.
  • SECOND HOUR (12AM)Lalya Gaye Artist Talk and projects (Research Assistant, Social Inclusion for the Digital Economy – Creative Group)

To Do

  • ASSIGN EX3A: Choose a public space media project (by an artist or designer other than yourself) to look at in class next week. It can be in any domain (public art, gaming, mobile services) but must use technology and take place in urban space and involve the general public.

Media in Public – 15/02/11 – ROCK ART Wrap Up & Lalya Gaye!

Housekeeping

  • FIRST HOUR (11AM) – about Rock Art brainstorm ideas with Deborah Maxwell from ICCHS. Review of your project response from last week – you were to prepare a one-page graphic A3 summarising one idea in response to the Rock Art project we about last week.
  • SECOND HOUR (12AM)Lalya Gaye Artist Talk and projects (Research Assistant, Social Inclusion for the Digital Economy – Creative Group)

To Do

  • ASSIGN EX3A: Choose a public space media project (by an artist or designer other than yourself) to look at in class next week. It can be in any domain (public art, gaming, mobile services) but must use technology and take place in urban space and involve the general public.

Media in Public – 08/02/11 – Rock Art Mobile Project

Rock Art: An Introduction

Rock art – ancient carvings ‘pecked’ onto natural stone surfaces – forms a hugely significant part of the heritage of the North East of England. The abstract motifs, often referred to as ‘cup and ring marks’, provide a tangible and iconic link to our prehistoric ancestors which extends beyond the basic activities of everyday survival, to hint at a much richer, creative, and potentially spiritual dimension to their lives. Mostly found in situ, on outcrops and large, earth-fast boulders, rock art also reflects the intimate relationship that Neolithic and Bronze Age people had with the natural landscapes they inhabited between 6000 and 3500 years ago. The purpose or meaning of the cups and rings remains shrouded in mystery and continues to challenge archaeologists. The open, dynamic, debate around British rock art together with its physical availability, primarily above ground, makes rock art an accessible and ‘democratic’ part of the historic environment. Details »