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Transgenic genitalia

Since I first saw it in 2002, the Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka glass flowers collection at the Harvard Peabody Museum has compelled me to appropriate its astonishing forms: magnified ovarian cross sections in a multitude of shapes, fuzzy stamens, and tenticular pistils. These hypersexual parts are mind-blowing in the diversity and deliciousness of their forms.

Working from photographs and life-castings of the glass flowers and human genitalia, I would like to create in Maya, 3-D renderings of one model of flower genitalia from the glass flowers, and a single set of human genitalia. These two 3-D models will serve as the parent forms for a series of virally-produced, transgenic 3-D models.

METAPRESENCE CAVE

The cave is a vessel for metapresence—It leaves traces of human thought and interaction that you would have never seen had you been surfing the web searching for specific organized information. It really is a reaction against the search engines of the internet that are ever-improving their logical ways of finding information. Sometimes the best information is that which you were never looking for in the first place.

The point is that it’s a place of discovery as well as individual expression that facilitates the free exchange of random ideas on the internet with language and pictures written from people’s own hands using only a stylus or mouse. In fact, these are the only two tools that work in the cave (purposefully limiting anyone to use a keyboard or to paste pictures). This piece quenches the primordial urge to belong to a place where you leave your mark. You will be able to witness other people in the process of brainstorming: writing, sketching, calculating their ideas in real time. Consider it like a virtual pad of paper, except in this case, it’s on the 3-D wall of a cave (attainable as a videogame mod?). So in essence the cave could serve as a place for pure observation, the meeting of minds, or individual expression to show others you were there at that moment in time. There would also be a feature where the user could peel away each successive layer in any one spot in the cave to reveal the once covered up ideas that in the physical world would have been lost: Evidence of someone who came before. This can be as public or private of a place as the user would like to make it. They have the choice to observe other people’s ideas/sketches on the walls of the cave, or they can mark the cave however they please and leave behind evidence of their presence for others to see. It’s all based on chance and curiosity, unless the cave is known well enough that people would use it to “meet” and brainstorm in their favorite area. Ideally, I think this project has the capacity to develop and grow over a period of several years. In my estimation the framework of the interface and the representation and documentation of layered ideas will be able to be executed in the timeframe you have available (ie, one month). Furthermore, I will be happy to assist you in any way I can.

LUI (Live User Interface)

LUI (Live User Interface) is an experimental software build to provide organic and natural like environment for organizing data, interacting with information and communicating so that all activity of user would influence future interaction patterns and informational structures.

By using different information (mouse gestures, preferred window line up or frequency of use of files and computer) gathered from users and it's daily activity, LUI is using different layers of visualisation and sonification of interfaces to grow and mature.

Metaphors of desktop and folders or webmail and calendar are threaten in more processual way so that environment is maturing, changing and adapting to it's use. http://basis.desk.org:8080/ASU2/LUI

migrant navigator browser

Fully functional internet browser making unpredictable and random output when using its interface toolbox [Home, Stop, Back, Forward, Reload]. For example: hitting ‘Back’ button brings 3 places ‘forward’ or so. While in use, the toolbox itself changes [for example into 5 ‘Home’ buttons]. The project develops to question notions of home and displacement as well as issues of migration and identity. See other works from migrant navigator project.

'emotional contextualiser'

Being a frequent user of the www. I still find it interesting that two images of completely different content can simultaneously share the same file size. I propose a program which displays in visual form the 'emotional content' of any ascribed webpage. This will be acheivable through the makers choice of setting certain parameters that may read a given webpage in anyway other than its filesize. e.g. pixel content. colour content. text usage. The software will function as a browser, in which other pages may be dynamically loaded. The results will form an index of linked webpages complete with individual visual representations that a future generation of web users may consult.

composition

The project is an hommage to Piet Mondrian and its paintings (composition No .X : http://www.artchive.com/artchive/M/mondrian.html).
Starting points would some Paintings from Mondrian where the the layout of images are splited into canvas of different sizes, heigths and width and colors.
The colored portions (mainly non-white) portions could be dynamically and randomly filled with images extrated from the Web (Some flickr groups based on color could be used for example).
The dominant color of the image could be measured to verify that they map to the color of the original colored portion of Mondrian paintings.
These colored portions are dynamically changed (images are changing) but dominant color stay the same as the color in the original paintings.
Some White canvas can also be filled with white image if some white images can be found with enough white as dominant color, so that the painting can keep the same balance.
Random Images will be either cropped or resized to match the different zones of the mondrian painting images. Flickr libraries exist for proce55ing or flash.
The final result would be a combination of mondrian paintings filled with dynamic colored images, so with random details, from the web.

magic mirror

The project is based on the idea to reproduce all imaginable pictures of the 720x576 px videoscreen. The functioning process strarts with the white screen (#FFFFFF) at time 0, and runs at a speed of 25 frames/second until the reaching of the black screen (#000000), using all combinations of a reduced number of RGB colors for each pixel. When the program is active, the screen, in running condition, is showing the changing state at the current moment (for example: oct. 3, 2005, 22:00:00).

Additional functions:
1. Output of images due to entered time. For example: oct 3, 2005, 22:00:00.
2. Uploading of 720x576 px images in order to identify the appearance time.

DeathCo: Digital Love Preservation

Death can be the end of a love relationship but it doesn't have to be so anymore with the DeathCo system.

Scope: Create an intelligent interactive avatar system based on a lovers psyche that can provide sexual stimulation.

Requirements:
-Use AIML or some other artificial intelligent engine to mimic a lovers language psyche. Interview the lover while they are alive and store scripted responses. The digital lover must be able to learn from post death interactions.
-Use MS Agent or some other avatar technology to provide a visual representation of your lover. Use photo or video captures to recreate the lovers face and/or body movements and expressions.
-Use voice recognition technology so that your dead lover can understand simple commands such as "Love me?" or "I'm horny".
-Use text to speech so that your dead lover can respond to you in addition to text bubble replies.
-Interface the avatar lover to porn sites so they can search and retrieve digital sexual content for masturbation purposes while your digital lover talks dirty to you.
-The digital lover must be available online from anywhere in the world. If you want to go all out then they should have a telephone number to be able to interact with them.

Editions for Personal Computer: Fragments from within the Box

This program is a piece that creates unique works on paper through the computers printer. Once the program is launched, it scans the computer for data from a series of of predefined locations (ie - internet history, internet browser cache, application logs, etc.). The piece is not about a data visualization, but about creating a unique work on paper from fragments of information unique to each user. Once these fragments have been selected, they are randomly assembled into an output file. This program generates output directly to the printer, and consequently does not display this output to the screen. In this way, the program's "creation" is only seen when it comes out of the printer. It is, in essence, a self-portrait of the users personal computer, in a single 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. This program is similar to an edition of prints, except that the code is all that is editioned. The result of each execution is a unique work.