I love playful, whimsical interactions that can happen when using computation, both in the physical and digital world. I’m inspired by interactivity and participatory work especially when thinking about public art projects. For a long time I’ve found the work from Graffiti Research Lab and Office for Creative research so inspiring.
The moment I decided to really push and continue to learn more about computation as an artistic medium was due to a conference called Inst-Int in Minneapolis. It was the first time I had experienced anything like that before, and heard Mouna Andraos talk about Mesa musical shadows . I loved hearing her talk about the processes of the sensors reading shadow input to trigger a range of musical sounds. I love how interactive installation like that and daily tou jours The Swings have you understand architecture and space in a sonic way, and to meditate on how our bodies move through space. Also hearing Camille Utterback talk about her graduate school days and how her hope was to think of exploring new ways of drawing, and that both computation and pencils were both tools, technologies.
A little before that time a friend had introduced me to Nicholas Feltron‘s Annual reports. I think that experience was the first time I really understood the magnitude of personal data as well as data visualization.
And then the question of what do we hope to make in our Intro to Computational Media class? I would love to explore projects built off of open APIs. I’ve never gotten to do that before and am excited to learn! Maybe something utilizing the open weather API through Dark Sky API .I thought wind map of the USA on the inspiration wiki was so beautiful!