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ॐ “Om” is a multimedia piece that virtually explores color using a physical interface. The three yarn sculptures control the hue, saturation, and movement of the paint on the screen. By interacting with all three sculptures, the viewer can create their own work of abstract art. The embedded sensors in the yarn sculptures are interpreted via an Arduino Mega, which in turn communicates with Processing to create the visual representation of the interaction. The Processing sketch interprets the data to control the color and movement of the paint based on a Perlin noise function. Materials used were yarn, wires, Arduino Mega, Arduino LilyPad Accelerometer, conductive thread, conductive yarn, and Processing using a personal computer equipped with Windows 7.


Zwischenkoerper, “between bodies”, is an interactive performance art piece that explores the perception and manifestation of hybrid virtual/physical synthetic dance partners. It involves a dancer interacting with three hybrid entities, manifested as responsive pillows physically and as color coded undulating meshes projecting onto a screen behind her visually. This project brings together the fields of visualization, physical computing, motion tracking, and dance to create a cross-discipline study into interactive performance and technology. The visualization portion served to create virtual entities for each of the physical entities in the piece. The physical computing platform helped us to design and construct the 3 physical “bodies” in our piece. Motion tracking was used to convert the dancer’s physical movements to a visualization on the projection screen. Finally, dance choreography was written to bring the elements together and create an artistic expression of what happens when all the various bodies interact.Through this study, we discovered the emergent relationships and behaviors that can come about when these multiple disciplines come together to communicate a message about the parallel existence of physical and virtual entities.


"directIVY" is an interactive performance piece wherein the dancer controls the visualization by using direct movements or indirect movements. When the dancer is utilizing indirect movements, the filigree generated will be short, the vines framing the dancer will be tight, and the colors visible will be muted to create an experience of inflexibility. When the dancer moves indirectly, the filigree will be long and wound , the vines framing the dancer will elongate, and the colors will brighten.

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