Art 511  Art and Emerging Resarch

2008  Summary of Projects


Students investigated emerging technologies and frontier areas of science.  They then prepared conceptual mockups of art projects based on these areas of research

Project 1


Digital Pollution
Proposal: For my instillation I would like to bring the ever changing climate to the attention of the everyday commuter. I am proposing to require that every car in San Francisco city limits be equiped with a GPS tracking device. I would then inststsall a lasrge LED screen in union square. This screen would consist of hundreds of thousands of dots representing every car in the cities limits. When a car leaves the city limits the dot representing that car would disappear. The second part to my proposal would be the placement of another LED screen that would act as a counter. This LED counter is going to have a direct connection with the amount of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in San Francisco's air. I would be working with the Bay Area Air Quality Management group which is a government ran group that monitors pollutants in the air. When ever these levels change the counter would change. This is to show everyone especially commuters the amount of carbon monoxide they are producing in the city limits.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/csmasterf/Art Proposal 1/main.html
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Illuminated Rainbow Ripples
A piece of art work that is as interested in how people interact with it, as how they interact with eachother
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/ehmasterf/art_installation/Rainbow_Ripples.html
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Molding Sound
This is my Sound Sphere. It will be connected to a serise of speakers and amps and will give a constant output of music. This device utilizes Haptic technology (force feedback) to give a human interactor the feeling that they are actually molding sound.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/XKmasterf/MoldingSound/MoldingSound.html
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The "Tri-Mercies Food Bank"
I named my piece, "Tri-Mercies Food Bank." My project is a machine that generates food. It might not be powered by electricity. I can bring it to mars and still I do not need battery to power my machine. It will be powered by rolling a spinn. Whenever you need food, you roll the spinn. It will be as round as an ellipse and a shape like a space-ship. It will function like a pot, and it will generate food much faster than a pot. I serves food for seven to eight people for more than a week. It produces food that has smell of any persons favorite food is. It can smell like potato chips. My machine allows other people to select flavor they like, for example, the flavor of salad, ham, and chips. It produces a mix of vegetarian food, junk food, and food that has meat. My food generating machine allows the food to be okay to eat even though it will not be heated. It provides tastes of familiar tastes, such like french fries, and the foods are going to be easy to chew and digest.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/gpmasterf/Project%201/New_Food_Processors2.html
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Video Game Resensitization
Making people care again...
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/KLMasterf/Project1f/VideoGameResensitization3.html
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Project 2


Andrews Proposal
title "seeing is..."
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/abmasterf1/final%20images%20for%20web/index-redy-fo-.html
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Catch!
I want to utilize an advanced military targeting system meant to track and intercept incoming obstacles and ballistics and integrate it into a user-technology interaction. A robotic arm will (gently) throw a ball to its human interactor, and vice versa. This game of catch is intended to help with people's confort level of interacting physically with technology.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/XKmasterf/Catch!/Catch.html
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Lonesome Together
Locative & Web based Alternate Reality game.
http://online.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/ahmasterf/project2/
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Marine Acoustics
Marine Acoustics is an aquatic sound installation using bio acoustic technology that traces the movements of great white sharks and other marine life located off the coast of the Farallon Islands and turns the collected data into a live ongoing musical composition. Working closely with real time data acquired from TOPP (Tagging of Pacific Predators) specialists, sound artist Emily Margaret Davis creates a bio composition composed by the movements of live marine animals. The animals are acoustically tagged sending signals via satellite to a data base located at the Monterey Bay Aquarium which allows visitors to hear animals in the ocean "make" music with their movements. The Great White's movements will create a low sin wave that will constantly play throughout the duration of the exhibit. The interaction of the predators movements will "conversate" with other marine life tagged in the ocean creating a sealife symphony. The piece works a a metaphor for the intricate balance of the ecology of the ocean and simulates a sort of musical dance that both predator and prey constantly move to.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/edmasterf/a/home.html
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Raptor-Tronic Visual Presentation
This Raptor dinosaur is like Pleo but it has something more: convincing motions, breathing, and realistic appearance.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/gpmasterf/Final%20Project-edited/FinalProject-Raptor.html
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Robotic Capoeristas
Capoeira Robots
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/KLMasterf/KLProject2f/Kevin%20Lacsina's%20Capoeira%20Robots.html
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The "Tri-Mercies Life Reincarnator"
This "Tri-Mercies Life Reincarnator" machinery system is suitable to bring your favorite pets or people back to life. Advantage: 1. It first can search for the parts of the body in terms of body organs that was at risk before and where the damage came from and needs medical care, 2. Like Neurosurgeon Robots, the device controls a robot to provide the species medical care like heart beat, bone fixation, breathing rates and any surgery needs, in order to bring the organism back to life. 3. Like a caregiver robot for plants, the robot of the this Life reincarnator device can making nonliving bodies to living. You can back a set of dinosaur fossils for the robot of the device to work with, and the robot knows how provide natural resources tand strong forces of life that generates life-- based on how our first fishes, monkeys, and insects are born from nature! It is like a dream technology to respond to Frankenstein's philosophies on bringing nonliving to life.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/gpmasterf/Project%202/Proposal2/bioengineering.html
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The Digital guitar
For my project I would like to design a guitar that is played using the human voice. The user will wear a mask that covers his mouth. The user will then say which chord he wants played and a digital replica of that chord will play through a speaker in the mask or through an amp that the mask can be plugged into. The digital guitar is going to be made with the rock musician in mind, so it will not have every possible chord. the Digital Guitar will also come with various effects such as distortion and reverb.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/csmasterf/Art Proposal 2/main.html
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Towel Tunes
Interactice musical towel
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/ehmasterf/art08%20final%20project/toweltunes.html
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Patents



Musical Vibrating Toy for Sexy Times
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/KLMasterf/Patent/Patent.JPG
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/KLMasterf/Patent/Inside.JP

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Audio Incapacitation System
Device designed to incapacitate a person via sound
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/XKmasterf/AudioWeaponPatent/Patent%20Final.jpg
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Digital music device based on location
A digital music device that plays songs based on your location within the United states. This device is equipped with WIFI and a GPS tracking device. As the user travels the device plays songs from local artists that reside in that area. The music plays at random, if the user is interested in a particular artist they can tag that band as a favorite and have the option of purchasing that particular song or album.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/csmasterf/Patent%20/p.html
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Genitals to face separation towel
A towel with specific sections for drying specific parts of the body
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/ehmasterf/patent/patent.gif
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The Present and Future Species Detector
The size of the device is like the figure drawings. The screen will be bigger than an actual Ipod. The device reads infrared light to read blood flow & body heat, ultraviolet to read DNA sequence of the species, radar to read the first electric signal that will be transferred to sound waves. This device has a micro-species examiner tool and a macro-speices examiner tool. This device has a USB plug to send information to your computers. Like an Ipod, you record the species your found in this device. But this deivce maps out how far it can detect the species. This deivce uses technology that have discussed in other patents, for example, the "Infrared Animal Detector and Driver's warning System" infrared and alarm technology. This device gives you a map to let you the species 100% sure. The device allows DNA testing for the species' record and future estimate species. If this device can really detect future species, Scienists will be rich!
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/gpmasterf/Patent1/Patent/SpeciesDetector.html
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face covering1
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/edmasterf/patent/patent.jpg
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face covering2
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~art511_h/emerging08/edmasterf/patent/patentpics.jpg
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Think Tanks and University Research Labs working on interesting projects


DARPA: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Closely tied to the Department of Defense, DARPA is dedicated to researching and developing technology and its militaristic capabilities for the US armed forces. They sponsor ideas that focus on both offensive and defensive weapons and countermeasures in the interest in the United State’s security and technological superiority.
http://www.darpa.mil/
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Division of Neuroinformatics - Department of Computer Science - University of Bonn
The German-based division of neuroinformatics at the University of Bonn is one of the world's leading research facilities on the issue of bionics- the process of creating organisms that contain linked organic and manufactured components. Current projects at the University of Bonn include blindness-eliminating retinal implants, datapad-style encoding implants, as well as a planned approach to 'artificial' life.
http://www.nero.uni-bonn.de/
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HightechForschungsZentrum-So cool
I hadn’t find much good stuff about Bioengineering Think Tanks online. I only found things that Universities like Stanford and Yale are doing about biomedical engineering. I want to find more research centers that has emerging technologies involved, not the research center itself. I tried Googling bone fixation emerging technologies and still I couldn’t find anything emerging technology or what I’m interested. I finally found a research center called the Hightech Research Center of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. In this research center, there are research teams like the OVID, SYSTEMS FACE-- Advanced Tissue Scanning, CALT, Tissue Engineering, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing and Rapid Tooling, Computational Medicine, and Medicine meets Art - Virtuality & Medicine meets Art - Face and Identity. The SYSTEMS FACE - Advanced Tissue Scanning description is written in English. It briefly says"Computer assisted surgery of facial soft tissues, 3D-imaging of soft tissues (holography, laserscanning, visible light scanning), elastic deformation, soft-tissue animation and analysis (dynamic MRI), morphometry in medicine, anthropology and art. A special issue is the hologaphic topometry." Technologies like this kind and Computation medicine, Tissue Engineering, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing and Rapid Tooling,Telemedicine & Teletherapy, and will be so relevant to apply my next project because I plan to do a proposal on a "Trimercies Life Reincarnator"- It detects how an organism dies and where in the body needs medical care, it generates heart pump, liquid for bone fixation, other medical care, and it takes bones and to create nonliving to a living organism based upon how natural resources provided for fishes and monkeys that generates their existance-based upon insects as well.
http://www.medhfz.unibas.ch/
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Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
MERL (Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories) is Mitsubishi's North American research and development organization. Their two main missions are to develop intellectual properties significant to the corporation and to seek out other organizations that can benefit the corporation. They've developed a more advanced form of face tracking called pose tracking. The camera knows the angle of the face of the subject. It is great for surveillance as well. It enhances facial recognition capabilities because it callibrates for the angles of the face.
http://www.merl.com/
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, caught my attention because the research center works on very cool astronomy projects. Lately, the NASA Ames Research Center is helping astronomers to search on Moon Water. They are part of the Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite Astronomer Workshop. Anthony Colaprete, the principle investigator for the mission, says, "The data collected by LCROSS and Earth-based assets will greatly improve our understanding of permanently shadowed craters on the moon and if we find water ice, it will have great implications for human exploration of the moon." (www.nasa.gov) After this year, the LCROSS shepherding spacecraft and the Atlas V's Centaur upper stage rocket will execute a fly-by of the moon and position the satellite. After a four-minute debris plume on the moon's south pole, gathered data and information will be sent back to Earth. After this year, the astronomers on Earth will point very cool telescopes at the moon to look for water. Moreover, the NASA Ames Rresearch center are now joining a group of scientists to discover Mars for the building blocks of life that include carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur among other things. They say that there is soil detected in Mars and maybe there is life. They schedule the Phoenix spacecraft for launch since August 2007. Mainly, their main goal is to search for life on Mars.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/index.html
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Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
The Singularity think tank or SIAI is located in Palo Alto. Their ultimate goal is to create a greater than human intelligence which will exponentially expand technology and science. They are attempting to create a system of ethics for AI development and research as well as being actively developing open source AI programing tools.
http://www.singinst.org/
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Artists working with Emerging Technology

AARON Harold is an artist. No seriously. by Andrew Bramer
Aaron is a computer artist as in he or she is a computer. Basically this guy wrote a program that would allow a computer to draw and paint in a similar way in which humans do. That does not mean that it is a simple Photoshop filter this thing actually sees like we do. It’s all very complicated but the gist of it makes mistakes just like we do.
http://www.kurzweilcyberart.com/aaron/message.html
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BILL FONTANA
Bill has been working with sound for over 30 years. He brings large industrial objects, buildings, bridges, and city sounds inside a gallery setting thereby relocating the space the sounds inhabit. Particularly compelling is his "Western Bridge" piece. Western Bridge is located in the Duwamish Industrial area of Seattle. The ambient soundscape that envelops the exterior of the building is rich with the frequently occurring sounds of train whistles from the nearby railroad crossings, and low flying aircraft going to Seatac and Boeing Field. As a building, it is designed to be an exhibition space, it is also designed to keep these sounds outside. This sound sculpture will bring these sounds into the building, turning its architecture into sound. Eight steel and glass objects that were purchased from a nearby industrial surplus yard are setup in a room that resembles a recording studio. The objects react to the sounds from the outside. Documentation of the piece is located on this link.
http://http://www.resoundings.org/
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Cory Arcangel : Digital Prankster
Cory Arcangel is a digital artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. He is best known for his Nintendo game cartridge hacks and reinvention of obsolete computer systems from the 70's and 80's. Arcangel will often write programs that alter existing game scripts, or alternately, will physically disassemble game cartridges and manipulate the data manually. Some examples of his work are "Mario Clouds," in which a Super Mario game has been entirely erased except for an endless stream of randomly generated clouds, "I Shot Andy Warhol," a reworking of the classic game Hogan's Alley featuring the Pope, Michael Jackson, Flavor Flav, and Andy Warhol, and the Super Mario Movie, a 15 minute video made by completely replacing the Super Mario Bros. engine with his own script. He is also an electronic musician working in 8-bit formats, as well as an elaborate prankster. His work has been shown in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Guggenheim, and MoMa.
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/soa/dmc/cory_arcangel/
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Flaming Lotus Girls: Creators of The Serpent Mother
The Flaming Lotus Girls is a women-driven artist group of both women and men fueled by their collective love for fire, metal, creativity and community. They have produced nine of the most distinctive and interactive sculptures ever to grace the west coast. Stationed in San Francisco, the FLG has proudly displayed their flaming pieces on the playa of Burning Man for the past seven years, and been the crown jewel of Oakland’s yearly Crucible Fire Arts Festival. Most notable of which is the immense and truly amazing Serpent Mother, a massive skeletal snake coiling around its flaming Faberge-esque egg. Utilizing the latest in metal crafting she is mostly composed of stainless steel, copper, 3 LED lights under each vertebrae and a lot of propane. She “stands” 20 feet tall, is 168 feet in length, features 41 flamethrowers along her lengthy spine and spews an enormous fireball from her fanged and serrated maw. But the real attention-grabber of this gargantuan serpent is her interactivity. Comfortably close by is a small console with a joystick and a few buttons. FLG invites the audience to manipulate the head of The Serpent Mother with said control panel, which opens the jaw, pivots the neck and activates the very attention-grabbing fireball. The Flaming Lotus Girls set out to create The Serpent Mother with the intention to bring people together around her warmth and interactivity. People are naturally going to be drawn to a flaming metal snake the size of a house, but to give people a measure of control to such an awesome art piece creates a truly unique experience for the audience, and a great reward to her creators (which included over 100 volunteers).
http://serpentmother.com/
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Graffiti Research Lab: Laser Tag
The Graffiti Research Lab or GRL which is currently housed at Free Art & Technology Labs was formed by Evan Roth and James Powderly. Their goal was to form a group that is dedicated to bringing urban communication to the hands of artists including graffiti writers. They do this by documenting their projects and making these documentations available for anyone to see. My favorite of the GRL projects is Laser Tag which is essentially a large scale projection of what a tagger would call a “throw up”, which is a quick and easy way to get your name out without standing in one place for too long.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKbtTPYZEig
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Kal Spelletich, Art director of the SEEMEN
Kal Spelletich was the first Tech Artist I could think of in my mind. Spelletich, the machine artist, is also mentioned in the text, Information Arts, the section about kinetic robotics (page437). He began working on cars in Davenport, Iowa. In 1987, he found a machine art collective called the SEEMEN by the time he studied photography at University of Iowa. In 1989, he completed his M.F.A. at the University of Texas. He lately had built works that involves gas flames, such like pyrotechnics. He experiments and interests in making his pieces function by using information emitted by participants. For example, his wing machine and drawing machine involves pressing a switch to make the wing to flap and the pencil to draw. His work makes his audience wonder, awe and fear. He work combines high and low technologies together. Some pieces he made combines scrapped computer parts with welded metal that I have never seen before. His pieces amaze me. For example, his wing machine is a machine that flats when he participants blow a tube. The air of the blow force the electric reaction to occur, and we see the wings flapping. In that project, he only uses scraps of metal, and the machine works every time he blows.
http://www.kqed.org/arts/people/spark/profile.jsp?id=4525
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Kinetic Art Sculpture
Theo Jansen uses traditional engineering methodology to create wind powered sculptures
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMqftVhOuTw&feature=related
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Kuan Huang: Space invaders 2006
Kuan Huang is a tech artist specializing in interactive pieces related to computer vision and video games. He created a space invaders game that he projected against a NYC building. He programed the game to reflect the architecture of the building, and the game was controlled by the players entire body. Another game related project was Music Monkey which taught wheelchair bound children how to use their wheelchairs by using an educationa game. Some of his other projects deals with music, such as Club Robot, a robot that dances to lights controlled by a turntable. Another music project is Virtual Instrument, a musical instrument controlled by the body.
http://www.hawk-huang.com
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Take your time: Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson merges art, science, and natural phenomena to produce multisensory experiences. He challenges the passive roll of the art observer and engages them using tangible elements such as moisture,temperature, aroma and light to generate physical sensations
http://www.olafureliasson.net/
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Rick Lazzarini
I visited the website, http://www.character-shop.com/realstfx.html, and that caught my eyes the animatronic lioness actually has a breathing chest, and it must look realistic. I found this website from the fun sites, http://ww.androidworld.com/prod18.htm, I can find jobs right that site, but the places like florida and Germany is too far from SF. Rick Lazzarini and TCS create the first Animatronics Study Program of its kind. According to http://www.character-shop.com/tvmisc.html, Rick demonstrates his own invention which he calls the "Creature Flocker®". It is a device used to apply hair realistically on animatronic creatures. He also invented the Facial Waldo® device. Waldo® is the TCS' trademark for its brand of ergonomic-gonio-kineti-telemetric input devices for controlling its puppets and animatronics. Lazzarini is a Animatronics FX Creator, Puppeteer, and A.I. 's finder. His skills are to Creating Innovative, Sleek, Dependable, Great-Looking, and Client-Pleasing Animatronic Creatures, Machining, Welding, Sculpting, Fabricating, Designing, and sharing the technology.
http://66.125.146.189/Documents/About_Us.html
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Spatial Music Conductor~Barry Vercoe and Cheng Zhi Huang
Barry Vercoe and Cheng Zhi Huang are attempting to create a wearable sensor interface that allows conductors to use gesture recognition systems in order to “move” sound in real time 3D. By using different surround sound speakers, they are attempting to allow participants to control not just what sounds are heard (which is possible now) but WHERE sounds are heard. A pushing and pulling of sound will hopefully be achieved. Their question for further exploration is weather such a said instrument will give the illusion that the conductor is moving through space.
http://www.media.mit.edu/reaserch/
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