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Title: (A)I Feel
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2017: Mind-Body Dualism
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Is it possible for machines to feel emotions? As we know for now, machines have no emotion. But if we humans teach them, will they be able to learn? (A)I FEEL is a project dedicated to find answers to our questions by creating a teaching & learning process between humans and a machine. To teach the machine, it asks each user to draw a picture which represents a specific emotion. Then, to demonstrate what the machine has learned, users can draw pictures to portray his/her emotion at the moment. Using Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), the machine will interpret user’s emotion into joy, sadness, anger, fear or disgust and colors the picture according to the emotion. The whole process will be visualized as an interactive installation which encourages people to participate in the project.


Title: 7x7
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2017: Mind-Body Dualism
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

We live surrounded by displays such as TV, smartphone, computer. These bitmap displays consist of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional plane. 7×7 was created by re-arranging these pixels multidimensionally. This display consists of 49 pixels, and these pixels do not overlap in the front, at the back, up, down, left or right. Therefore, each pixel is able to represent all six directions. By using these 49 pixels, 7×7 expresses “Iroha,” which is an old Japanese pangram that expresses one of the aesthetics called “Mujo (impermanence and ever changing)”.


Title: A Zooming Sketchpad, a Multiscale Narrative: Pad++, PadDraw, Gray Matters
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Pad++, a general-purpose zoomable substrate For creating and interacting with structured information, is under development by researchers at the University of New Mexico and New York University. All Pad++ objects support zooming, and there ore mechanisms for navigating through a multiscale space using panning, zooming, and hyperlinks. Pad++ includes a number of efficiency mechanisms that help maintain interactive frame­rates with large and complicated graphical scenes.

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Title: Abstract Reality
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2017: Mind-Body Dualism
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Abstract Reality is an interactive installation that creates 3D geometric art as an abstract expression of physical human bodies. The application takes viewers physical features and their relation to the physical space as inputs to generate and place basic geometric forms in a virtual 3D space. Each geometric shape, virtual position and orientation, and color are affected by individual viewer’s physical positions, movements, and dominant colors. The overall structure of the geometric shapes is controlled by a modified Voronoi diagram, a computational geometric algorithm, to explore novel aesthetics.


Title: Agitato
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2016: Mediated Aesthetics
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Project Agitato attempts to represent the evolving music information within a single image frame, in the hope to capture the subjective and perceptual qualities of time expressed in music. The title of the project, named from the music term agitato, depicts the restless agitated style of the music. Each image in this series is generated based on a musical passage from Nicolas Scherzinger’s ‘inter-sax-tive’. For a given moment in time, its spectrum of frequencies is analyzed and used as the input to construct visual elements with various characteristics. As the music progress, the visual elements accumulate and are composed into a single image that reflects the music material within a defined duration of time, allowing viewers to perceive music passage from a single viewpoint, rather than as a linear experience of time


Title: Agree to Disagree Online
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Any collaboration is a negotiation. While most artistic teams hide the filibustering, intellectual posturing, and shifting alliances that lie behind their decisions, Agree to Disagree Online brings these facets of collaboration to the fore.

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Title: An American Gothic... or a Pound of Prevention
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Manifest destiny: In “Excerpts from the Vancouver Lectures,” Jack Spicer relates the story: Yeats, 1918, a train bound for Los Angeles. His wife in a trance, automatic writing, taking dictation from “spooks.” Yeats poses the question: “What are you here for?” And the spooks reply: “We are here to give metaphors for your poetry.”

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Title: Associative Audio Design
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2008: Slow Art
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk

Title: B/W Mind
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2017: Mind-Body Dualism
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

We are in fact already cyborgs, replicating ourselves as avatar forms online. Our cellphones and computers act as extensions of our own neural networks, imparting a boundless knowledge of facts and figures. B/W MIND is an experiential piece designed to manifest the interconnection humans have with technology


Title: Bodygraphe
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2016: Mediated Aesthetics
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Bodygraphe is an interactive, visual music application that unifies gestural computing with live performance art. Dancers become instruments and conductors that wholly generate graphics and sounds that correspond with their movements in real time. This video is the result of a process in computational aesthetics that explores the relationship between the body and form. Most specifically, we were inspired by visual art avant gardes that prioritized expressive geometry, such as the Neo-concrete movement of the 1950s. Through this project, we seek to make an aesthetic statement while also offering new implications for research regarding the interconnectivity between body and technology


Title: C. Bacon
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2016: Mediated Aesthetics
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

C. Bacon is a set of interactive moving images based on a series of paintings on the theme of “Crucifixion” by Francis Bacon(1909-1992). Starting with the mysterious aesthetic language of Francis Bacon, this work attempts to build dialogues between the virtual and reality, postmodern
technology and contemporary authorship, and between machine and human


Title: Computer Graphics as Stainless Steel Output
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

A history of hand-held graphics might include Tarot cards, playing cards, the carte de visite, business cards, credit cards, and more recently telephone cards. While each of these subsets has a differing history and function, they also have shared attributes that continue to attract our interest. Proportions, scale, content, cast, and techniques of production all merge with more recent communication functions. Borrowing from these physical and conceptual traditions suggests possibilities for an artist using digital typography to create a kind of permanent ephemera. Incorporating stainless steel output offers an option for the designer to employ a technology similar to computer chip technology and to investigate the conversion of digitized art to artifact.

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Title: Convolution by Wild System
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2016: Mediated Aesthetics
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

A child-sized robot sits immersed in a full-room projection of an evolving audiovisual virtual environment. The robot ‘talks’ to the virtual environment, telling of its impressions and what it would like to see and hear. People come and go, talking with the robot about the virtual environment, and showing it pictures on their phones. The robot learns these impressions and talks of them to the virtual environment, which evolves in response. Convolution by Wild System is a unique artwork where a robot collaborates with humans to create an ever-evolving immersive audiovisual virtual environment. The resulting artwork dissolves the boundaries between computational and physical phenomena, displaying an aesthetic that is a real hybrid of the physical and the digital, of human and machine learning, of natural and artificial intelligence, and of real and synthetic


Title: Criss~Crossing The Divine/Interactive Spiral Vortex Paint Game
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2016: Mediated Aesthetics
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Criss~Crossing The Divine/Spiral Vortex Paint Game is an interactive game installation conceived to address the ever-expanding religious intolerance fueling global wars. Attendees use interactive wands to curate topic-words and assign more or less importance to each topic they select. The player receives color coded scripture perspectives parsed from the individual’s search. No search results are the same. Directed to a website, the player learns from which 46,000 scriptures within The Old Testament, The New Testament, The Hindu Rig Vedas, The Quran, and Buddhist Texts, their color-coded text results originated.


Title: CyberHuman Dances Series: An Articulation of Body, Space, and Motion in Performance
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

The CyberHuman Dance Series is an experimental dance work exploring simulations of physical and virtual phenomena in the context of perfor­mance. By integrating innovative digital technology with the choreographic and design process, this work investigates all aspects of design and performance in cyberspace, with particular emphasis on issues of real and perceived boundaries between virtual space and real space, and the possibility of a blurred distinction between two intersecting worlds.

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Title: Design Speech Acts: "How to do things with words" in Virtual Communities
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Cyberspace is language-based (cf. Cicognani, 1996, 1997; Winograd,1987), and so are virtual communities. The author argues that virtual communities are ideal places to experience and enhance a language for design, and for designers.

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Title: Disability in the Arts
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Life with a physical disability has allowed me a unique and humbling perspective that has manifested in my art work. I create art with and for people who live with various types of physical and/or mental limitations.

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Title: Dream Grrrls: Metaphors
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

The process of designing multi-user virtual environments (VE) is similar to the process of designing code or imagery, in that it is necessary to passionately maintain a catalog of ideas and references. VE design combines these passions to construct a consistent graphical user interface (GUI) with metaphors for exploration and self-reflection in a collaborative team effort.

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Title: Dynamic3: Interactive Physics and Physicality In Three Dimensions
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

We lose the joy of pliability in our interactions with the computer when we get lost in a cacophony of visual iconic references. There is no grace. Dynamic3 emphasizes the subtleties of interaction. Not what is seen, but what is felt. A physics-based computational model and a fluid physical interface amplify the expression.

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Title: Embodisuit
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2017: Mind-Body Dualism
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

A collaboration between Sophia Brueckner and Rachel Freire, the Embodisuit allows its wearer to map signals onto different places on their body. It both critiques and offers an alternative to current trends in wearable technology. Most wearables harvest data from their users to be sent and processed elsewhere. The Embodisuit flips this paradigm. Informed by embodied cognition, the suit instead receives signals from an IoT platform, and each signal controls a different haptic actuator on the body. Knowledge can be experienced ambiently without necessitating the interpretation of symbols by the conscious mind. The suit empowers wearers to reconfigure their boundaries strengthening their connection to the people, places, and things that are meaningful to them. Furthermore, we hypothesize that by changing the way people live with data, it will change the type of data that people create.


Title: Etheroid
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2017: Mind-Body Dualism
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

An etheroid is a device that mediates an invisible “something” to exist in space. Each etheroid behaves autonomously, without any higher orders dictating how it is to behave. If you set a new etheroid near another one, the new etheroid will be added to the movements of the existing etheroids. Each propagates this behavior to one of the surrounding etheroids repeatedly. Thus, the movements of etheroids as a whole creates an invisible moving “something”. This concept is to create an atom of media for existence, which is invisible. The devices operate under a physical neural network. An infrared LED illuminates invisible lights within a certain range. Together with a general communication module called XBee, the etheroid uses XBee to send information from one to another. The information list corresponds to a temporary storage area. Since the list is constantly updated, operation will continue even if the number of etheroids increases or decreases.


Title: Forces in Equilibrium
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2016: Mediated Aesthetics
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Forces in Equilibrium explores how equilibrium is formed out of chaos. The installation is comprised of two components. In the first component, a sensor is mounted under the top of a pedestal. When magnets are moved on the pedestal, images and sound on a nearby display become wild and unstable, as if the magnet has unusual powers. The second component is a seesaw controlled by a servomotor. When laser light lands on the seesaw, it tilts accordingly, as if the light has weight. The art works show both magnetic force and laser light as not merely ethereal but as entities capable of affecting images, sounds and movements.


Title: From This Side of Space to the Other Side of the Signal
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2017: Mind-Body Dualism
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

“from this side of space to the other side of the signal” utilizes footage produced on unique analog equipment from the early history of
video during a residency at Signal Culture (a contemporary version of the original Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY), and emerges from a nod to Michael Snow’s iconic structural film La Région Centrale. Virtual landscapes pumped through the analog system become caught amidst sets of “meaningless” signs/barriers and violent signals. Computer generated bodies and body parts glistening with video material generated via this system perform actions that queer the line between digital, physical and analog, homoeroticism and violence––entangled in a fragmented high-modernist grid. A voice from the other side of the signal attempts to lure the viewer into some act of connection, of crossing over, only to be perpetually interrupted by barriers of interference. “from this side of space to the other side of the signal” is a two-channel piece that engages both the history of early video tools and contemporary forms of 2D and 3D animation. Using these analog tools as a way of addressing the historicity of the body, and as a way of defining the space of bodies (via their moving textures) in novel as a way of engaging our contemporary hybrid experience. Queering the distinctions between subject, object, transmission, physicality and the ephemeral larger questions about the nature of our technocultural existence rise to the surface.


Title: Genderbender, Smartstall, The Automatic Confession Machine
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

This presentation reviews three works: Genderbender, Smart Stall (exhibited in The Bridge: SIGGRAPH 96 Art Show), and The Automatic Confession Machine (exhibited in Machine Culture, SIGGRAPH 93).

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Title: Gradus: Revealing the Shape of the English Language
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Is there a way to make a meaningful shape from a collection of the indi­vidual words of the English language? What would that shape look like? Why would this approach be preferable to a traditional representation — a printed dictionary, for example? These were among the questions we asked when we set out to visualize the English language as a single entity.

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Title: Hand Held Tools for Navigating Information
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1997: Ongoings
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

If computers are tools for manipulating information, they have been notoriously poor at using the hands of the people who use them. By engaging the hands of the user, it is possible to get a literal handle on complex visualizations of information. In this project, the goal is to design a more practical, productive, and fluid kind of interface.

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Title: Hive
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2017: Mind-Body Dualism
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

With HIVE, we intended to explore the idea of a sonic intelligence: learning, experiencing, reacting, and finally, “thinking” in sound. Can we model such a system? A system with a body whose morphology is based on picking up and sending sound signals, a system who can learn from its environment and evolve in its response, a pseudo ‘being’ that traces our sonic foot-print and projects our sonic reflection. Created via fusing aspects of sculptural form, spatial sound, interactive methods, and machine learning, HIVE is an art installation that explores the relationship between sound, space, body, and communication.


Title: Homes
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2016: Mediated Aesthetics
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Homes presents the interior spaces where people from the fishing village of Tai O live. The installation includes the everyday objects with which they surround themselves. Two LCD monitors show virtual interiors of two village houses. Visitors to the installation can wander these virtual interior spaces by using trackballs attached to each screen. A large photo showing the street where the houses are located is on a facing wall.


Title: I Touch You And You Touch Me
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2017: Mind-Body Dualism
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

We interact with our computers constantly, touching them more than we touch any person in our lives, and grooming them inside and out. For a month, I recorded all interactions with my phone and fed them into a machine learning system, which then output new, learned gestures. These “hallucinated” movements are awkward yet eerily accurate swipes, taps, and typing based on what my computer has learned from my interactions with it. Presented as an interactive sculpture, the gestures are enacted by a small robotic arm on the visitor’s palm as they sit at a low, altar-like table. Notions of “you,” “me,” and “I” are doubled, enacting the understanding of the machine and at the same time a self-portrait of my interaction.


Title: Illusions/Delusions
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1996: The Bridge
Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

This presentation describes the author’s use of stereoscopic computer imaging procedures to construct artworks that explore the viewer’s relationship to virtual/pictorial space.

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