Archive for July, 2010

Kimchi and Chips code repository

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon here in Seoul, and I’m currently working on getting a code repository for Kimchi and Chips up and on the interwebs, so that we can start sharing our goodies. I’m looking at either github or google code.

Currently i’m importing our openFrameworks projects to

http://code.kimchiandchips.com/

since XCode 3 supports SVN (but not git) natively. Supposedly XCode 4 is git friendly, but it’ll take a bit of time to move all the projects over to XCode 4 i’m sure.

Anyway. I’ll be putting our XCode and Visual Studio openFrameworks projects (osx,iphone,windows) up there. Along with any VVVV patches and plugins up there. It looks like github is going to be a much better option in the long run though because of its local repository copies (meaning we don’t need to rely on an internet connection all the time).

Class in Media Lab in Ewha Womans University

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

약간은 방만한 생각일지 모르나, 난 늘 디자이너의 뒷씸(!) 을 믿는다. 지나친 고민으로 중심을 못잡을 때에도, 팔랑귀 때문에 이리저리 휩쓸릴지라도, 도대체 모를 skill 때문에 디자인 프로세스 내내 헤매고 지지고 볶을 지라도, 나는 그들이 결국엔 의미있는 형태의 무언가를 보여줄거라 믿었다. 왜냐면 그들은 디자이너이니깐.
이대 미디어 랩에서 한동진 선생님과 함께 진행하는 “Advanced Physical Computing ” 수업을 마치던 날 나는 즐거웠다.   그들은 마지막 PT를 통해서 디자인 프로세스를 발표했고, 든든한 컨셉을 껴안은 프로토타입을 선보였다. 누구는 엉뚱해서 웃었고, 누구는 기대보다 잘나온 의외의 아웃풋에 신나했고, 누구는 프로세스를 밟는 과정 중간 중간 의미있어했고, 누구는 작품을 통해 자신의 퍼스낼러티를 엿보는거 같아 감성적여지기도 했고…

작품들은 개인작업으로 진행되었다. 지극히 개인적 습관과 삶의 패턴이 묻어있는 데이터를 수집한 후, 데이터를 통해 이야기를 도출, 컨셉을 정립하고, 이러한 내용을  physical하거나 tangible한 프로토타입 수준의 아웃풋으로 디자인했다. processing이 주요 툴로 사용되었지만, 아웃풋을 내는 과정에서 우리는 오감을 즐겁게 할 온갖 잡동사니와 놀아났었다.

나는 종이를 오리거나, 낙서를 하거나, 팝업북을 만들거나, 돌맹이를 줍거나, 오래된 상자를 찾는 일을 질리지않고 하지만, 그것들위에 테크놀러지라는 양념을 쳐서 진기한 맛을 더하는 일 또한 신이나라 좋아한다.  마치 새로운 재료를 사러 나가는 들뜬 기분처럼….. 이날 나에게 즐거운 맛을 선사해준 그대들에게 감사를~ :)

Journey London and Journey Seoul at Bains Numeriques

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

We were invited by Art Centre Nabi to exhibit at Bains Numeriques 20mins north of Paris in a small town called Enghien Les Bains. First of all, we have to give a huge thanks to some great people we met there (sorry to bore you!). Firstly, Hyein Ryu who arranged all our hospitality for us, she was fantastic. Emmanuel Cuisinier for mastering the dancefloor and keeping us in the loop. Christian the tech guy, for accomodating us without compromise. The ladies from Art Centre Nabi who were great to spend time with. Jeremy the king. And finally the chef at the restaurant (lunch and dinner never disappointed). Generally all the Centre Des Arts staff were great and we didn’t want to leave.

We exhibited two works in Paris, A Journey: London, and our new piece, A Journey: Seoul.

A Journey: Seoul explores how people can interact with the memory box, to build up their own memory. People can select slides to build up a scene, and we paint animations onto the slides using a projector from above. We got a great response from the project, and kids seemed to especially fall in love with this one.

Our venue was the church, which although not intentional, turned out to be a very good fit for the work. We got a very still environment with low natural lighting, and very ornate space. This particularly fitted with the aesthetics of A Journey: London which looks at using materials from the past to create new media experiences.

There were some great installation pieces there, our favorite of which was Lights Contact by Scenocosme. We found it very playful, immediate and surprising. There is a metal contact on a stand, you touch that (nothing happens). Then if somebody touches you, the installation reacts with light and sound that is unique depending on the people who are touching. It reacts with fidelity and ‘notices’ the contact between you and the other person with a way that appears very magical.

[Gregory Lassere of Scenocosme demonstrating the installation, and Emmanuel Cuisinier in the background]

We saw a performance by Cie Adrien Mie which blew most of the significant  nerves in our brain. We strongly recommend that you don’t watch the video below, and instead find a way to go and watch this performance. Absolutely incredible. Beautifully poetic and sensitive whilst pulling off some breathtaking live visual effects.

In summary: beautiful personalities, pretty town (but no internet), great food, good art and fantastic views from the hotel…

Manchester’s alright

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

A lots been happening in Manchester. 2 new havens for nerds have opened, and we were in an exhibtion.

If you’re around that town, then check these out:

Makes friends:

Make stuff:

Brazil

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Our main project for April and May was developing an installation for our friend David at Oxy-Gen Combustion. He wanted something that could act as a visual aid whilst attracting people to his exhibition stall.

We had to fit everything into an economy class suitcase. Fabrication and programming happened in Korea, fine tuning in England, then we squeezed the whole thing into our luggage for Rio De Janeiro to install at the exhibition.  Our flight arrived 2 days late into Rio, but thankfully David (the client) is an engineer and very handy.

We made some new projection routines for this system which we’ll be making open source soon (they’re as buggy as beehive right now). The system lets you calibrate the 6 slides in about 20minutes, with roughly +/-2px  accuracy. Calibration is controlled with the iPhone over the network using Memo‘s MSARemote which sends out TUIO (a standard protocol for multitouch). This means that the touch coordinates are sent over the network to the computer using a variation of OSC, and the ‘interface’ is running on the computer.

You can see me hooking up all the slides in this video..

It was Michelin’s Challenge Bibendum exhibition. Apparently ‘Bibendum’ is the white tire fella who is specifically NOT called the Michelin Man. The technology on show was very progressive, and Michelin were great hosts, keeping me happily fed all week. We even got time to squeeze in a bit of the local beauty before we left..

Journey London at FutureEverything

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

In May we  had another chance to exhibit A Journey: London, at FutureEverything festival. The festival’s been running in Manchester for about 15 years as FutureSonic, and apart from the pomp, the festival is regularly strengthening its content and international reputation. We made friends with a few great people there:

Elly Bowness was a lovely personality to have around. She works at Digit London and brought their project Poly, which is a physical bar graph hanging in the gallery space. It grows and shrinks in response to a live questionnaire which people can participate in on the web or in the gallery.

Daniel Massey was there who co-developed Bicycle Built for Two Thousand.  It’s an ambitious recomposition of a computer singing Daisy Bell, using the voices of humans. The humans were automated through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk programme. Daniel’s one smart bastard*.

*(that’s a compliment, as opposed to ‘smart arse’, which isn’t).

Also, we met Evan Roth and his wife Michelle who are both fantastic. Evan was there to scoop the inaugural FutureEverything prize on behalf of the otherwise multi-award winning Eye Writer. The Eye Writer was a deserving winner which is going to be instrumental in improving people’s lives for a long time to come through its open source eye-tracking system, and new projects which will follow on from it.