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Monkey town 5 – Journey of the senses

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to experience Monkey town 5, a legendary New York City event of video art and gastronomy installation. Barcelona was its first european stage, and I was quite thrilled to be present in such an artistic event.

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When I arrived, a warm welcoming was given by the founder Montgomery Knott, which introduce all the people on the atmosphere which they were about to enter.
A massive 7m x 7m cube was waiting for us to sit inside and watch a two hour multi-screen video program, dining on 4 course menu.
The journey started as soon has we entered the large room where the cube was. The first screened video was very linked with the event which instantly trigger my attention. The rest were nothing special, taking one or two which pleased my eye and helped on turning this experience quite rewarding.

Getting ready for a new #experience #monkeytown5 #Barcelona #bcn #art #videoart #gastronomy #music #catalunya #pedroazevedodias

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Regarding the food, all the dishes were quite tasty and well prepared by the chef Sergi de Meià. The first dish was, a good combination of fresh vegetables, herbs, flowers, beetroot and cauliflower cream. Followed by pumpkin a la Morisca, a very tasteful dish from the 18th century. The third one, was catalan seafood rice, which in my opinion, despite of being good it was the less rich for a gastronomic experience. To end the menu, a desert of chocolate and sweet fruits was served to culminate in a very pleasant and satisfying diner.

In between food, video and loads of information, the performer RAFT (Pat Noecker) comes into scene giving a kind of fresh breeze to the happening. Exploring the potential of crowd-sourced sound collage, using loopers and electronics through his cell phone, creates in real time the soundtrack of “Le Révélateur” an experimental narrative film from 1968, directed by Philippe Garrel. Indeed, A great performance by this U.S Cellphonist artist which presented the audience with something innovative.

When I got out of the cube, I felt enchanted and my mind couldn’t stop assimilating all the information received during all the experience, perhaps the same felling when you just finish seeing a film from David Lynch.
Monkey town 5, is definitely a journey of the senses and I totally recommend it to everyone.

Imagine to build your own racing track

Kia builds a mobile racing app that goes viral.

IMAGINE TO BUILD YOUR OWN RACING TRACK

Take a look to this game from KIA, where they promote their very first sports car, it’s called “GT RIDE” and is based on a mobile app that allows you to create amazing virtual race tracks in 3D.  You just have to move your mobile device around through the air. As technology advances rapidly, developers, artists and engineers develop more and more incredible and amazing experiences for the “user” which increases their  interactivity and this mobile racing app its great prove of it.

Check it here.

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A next-generation digital book by Mike Matas

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Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad — with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is “Our Choice,” Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV-RvzXGH2Y&w=560&h=315]

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Designing For Play

Digital VS Real World
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Interactive design duo, Hellicar & Lewis, combine backgrounds in professional skateboarding, mathematics, and computer science to create unique experiences that blend virtual and physical, but always end up in the real world.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxdg2H9DvXg&w=560&h=315]

via TheCreatorsProject

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First Music Video Created Using Real-Time MRI

Mixing art with medicine

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We have seen some works of art created using radiographic equipment before, but nothing that comes close to the amazing video below. A musician named Sivu had a music video created by director Adam Powell for his song “Better Man Than He” using only MRI images. It looks like real-time MRI techniques have been used to create the video, capturing movement of the vocal system in a single mid-sagittal imaging plane.

First Music Video Created Using Real-Time MRI-zgenesis

Real-time MRI is a relatively new technique that allows the live capture of images of moving objects and is being employed to study organs such as the heart, joint kinetics and complicated coordinated movements employed during speaking, swallowing and, as seen here, singing. Shooting the video required Sivu to lay in the scanner while repeatedly singing his song for 2-3 hours. It was created with the help of doctors Marc E. Miquel and Andrew David Scott at Barts hospital in London.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/57444237 w=560&h=315]

On a related note, researchers at University of Southern California are currently studying how beatboxers produce the sounds of their music. We’re hoping that another MRI music video may come out of that project.

Sivu’s homepage: Sivu…

via medgadget

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PaperTab a thin line between computers and paper

“Creators of PaperTab claim ultra-slim, flexible invention will change the face of personal computing forever”

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A flexible, paper-thin tablet which looks and feels like a sheet of paper is being touted as a revolutionary advance in computing.

The PaperTab, a high-resolution plastic display PC prototype, was unveiled on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

A new concept device developed by Intel, Queen’s University from Canada and the British firm Plastic Logic, it caused a stir on the first day of the week-long conference with an interactive, 10.7in plastic display that its makers called revolutionary. The team behind the PaperTab said their goal was to emulate the feel of paper with a robust, lightweight product that could bend and be dropped on a desk.

“If the idea catches on, expect paper to never be the same again,” said the news site pocket-lint.com.

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81iiGWdsJgg?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

Via The guardian

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5 Future Technology Innovations from IBM

Sight – Hearing – Smell – Touch – Taste

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXkfrBJqVcQ?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

In 5 years, computers will hear what matters. Hearing systems of the future will be trained by ‘listening’ to sounds and will use this input to start detecting patterns and building models to decompose sounds. Machines will be used to predict when a tree might fall or to translate “baby talk” so parents understand if a baby’s fussing indicates hunger, tiredness or pain.

- Sight
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwfJVwknvRo?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

- Hearing
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oKfWIgDTFs?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

- Smell
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYkSvNKdyBM?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

- Touch
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg3tmZrwbDs?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

- Taste
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNz23XXLa1E?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

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Firewall an Interactive media installation

A stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and create fire-like visuals and expressively play music.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/54882144 w=560&h=324]

Firewall from Aaron Sherwood on Vimeo.

The original concept stems from a performance piece I’m currently developing as Purring Tiger (with Kiori Kawai) titled Mizalu, which will premiere in June 2013. During one scene in the performance dancers will press into the spandex with the audience facing the opposite side. Mizalu is about death and experience of reality, so this membrane represents a plane that you can experience but never get through. As hard as you try to understand what’s in between life and death, you can never fully know.

The piece was made using Processing, Max/MSP, Arduino and a Kinect. The Kinect measures the average depth of the spandex from the frame it is mounted on. If the spandex is not being pressed into nothing happens. When someone presses into it the visuals react around where the person presses, and the music is triggered. An algorithm created with Max allows the music to speed up and slow down and get louder and softer, based on the depth. This provides a very expressive musical playing experience, even for people who have never played music before. A switch is built into the frame which toggles between two modes. The second mode is a little more aggressive than the first.

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Computational Thinking in the 21st Century

One of the things teachers (and parents) will need to know more about is the concept of computational thinking.

Computational Thinking in the 21st Century-zgenesis

Smartphones, iPads, tablets, and other gadgets will be given as gifts to spread the holiday cheer, putting more computational power in the hands of people of all ages and walks of life than ever before. Walk into any toy section, and you’ll see tablets, games, and accessories designed for toddlers. Many little ones have not known a world without a “computing device”. Although not all children will grow up to be computer scientists, they will need to be prepared during their school years for an increasingly technology-infused society.
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Where are we heading to!?

The audience takes control
The audience takes control_Zgenesis
Now that stereoscopic 3d is firmly embedded into the mainstream, it will soon be yesterday’s news – so, what’s next?
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via televisual

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