Time Distortion + Video Feedback.
Paul Wong was having quite a bit of fun with the Time Distortion Machine at the Your Kontinent Festival opening. He was trying to angle his phone so that the PS3 Eye camera was looking at his phone screen and his phone camera was shooting the projection. So I thought, why not point the PS3 Eye directly at the projection and get a time distorted video feedback loop?
I didn’t leave it that way for the installation but I’m definitely going to have to play with this idea some more. There is always a delay inherent in doing this and if I can control how the pixels enter and exit the feedback loop I might be able to use that as the buffer for the temporal video distortion. It’s going to take some thinking and a lot of messing around. And it’s going to be fun.
Time’s Turn Process: Magnets.
The walls of the shipping container were magnetic and I took huge advantage of this for mounting everything. I used them to hang small polaroid photos, the PS3 Eye USB camera, a clock, and the exacto knife when I wasn’t using it.
When taping the magnets to the back of the clock I kept them in their package to avoid getting duct tape residue all over them.
Time’s Turn Process: Concept Sketch.
This drawing isn’t too pretty compared to some of the gorgeous concept art you see out there but it helped me think about the space of the shipping container and what I wanted to do with it. I was pretty excited when, months after the sketch, I found a pair of stands on Craigslist with similar legs and just the right dimensions to hold the pair of turntables.
The lamp was an easier pick up at the thrift store along with a few other time-related objects. Having items from different time periods was important to me because this piece is really all about time.
Think I’ll collect interesting clocks for future installations of the time distortion machine.
Time’s Turn Process: Environment.
I found a free roll of floor insulation a couple years ago and used it for a few random things like mounting LEDs in this prototype.
Finally had a reason to use a lot more of it for the Time’s Turn installation. The wooden flooring of the shipping container I had to work with wasn’t pretty and took away from the aesthetic I was looking for. Having a white floor and walls makes the space look just a little bit futuristic similar to movies like Moon and Oblivion. That contrasted really well with the antiquated and obsolete objects I had strewn about in the installation, helping to make them seem even more out of place.
Time’s Turn at Your Kontinent Opening.
The opening was a success! Had a great time watching visitors play with the installation, chatting with other artists, and getting ideas and feedback on the piece. It was only the first day and already on the way home I was madly sketching out possibilities for the next piece!
The Setup for Time’s Turn at Your Kontinent Festival.
Took a couple days to get everything setup in my shipping container for Your Kontinent 2014. Covered the ugly wood floor with some some underlay to emphasize the feeling that the anachronistic objects strewn about are out of place (or time).
The items themselves are either part of the shipping container vibe (boxes and totes) or have some relationship to time (drum, clocks).
Myoelectric Glow Suit at Artcode Meetup.
Keenan and I presented a prototype of the myoelectric glow suit at MakerLabs for the Artcode Meetup. Was great to finally show some people our work and the audience had a lot of questions for us.
"What do you want to do with the suit, once completed?"
The plan is to take long exposure photographs of the suit. Then you can see the patterns of muscle activation as the wearer moves through the space.
"Would you consider getting a dancer to wear the suit?"
Yes, definitely. A dancer or other performer would have a greater capacity for physical expression and would find interesting motions that I would never think to do.
"Would you have done this project differently if you’d had a bigger budget?"
The myoelectric sensors can be a bit pricey because they’re coming from medical suppliers that are very concerned with making sure their products are sterilized so that’s limited us a bit. Having more budget would definitely give us more flexibility to use better sensors and maybe more of them.
On the electronics side, there are a few things that could be done a bit differently so we don’t have to cut so many corners. If the budget was unlimited, we could just buy a ton of the Sparkfun Muscle Sensor kits and use those.
Time’s Turn at MakerLabs “We’re Here.”
The latest incarnation of the Time Distortion Machine in action at MakerLabs’ grand opening. Got some feedback and ideas, just in time to prepare for the big show at Your Kontinent Festival, running July 17-26.
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