1. from "of light like intervals", our solo exhibit in martha's vineyard, august 2011. for additional projects, please visit our site: mayarouvelle.com

    for still images, please visit: flickr.com/photos/mayarouvelle/6121136366

    suspended from the ceiling, in the middle of the gallery, "transient, still" uses custom software to analyze live input from an iSight, and attempts to recreate what it sees using a limited palette of mono-chromatic ellipses. when the software concludes that is has created a reasonable facsimile of what it has registered through its camera, the program pauses to present the composition rendered by the software through an LED projector that shines its images through a construction of small motors, and copper/monofilament wire onto a piece of mylar.

    the shade of the ellipses indicate the relative brightness of the objects in the scene.

    the background color shifts between orange, yellow, blue, and green.

    the computer running the software sat on the floor above the gallery. the piece was connected to that computer through the visible opening in the ceiling.

    one theme of this exhibit was the transformation of kinetics into electro-luminescence and back. this work, situated in the middle of the exhibit, was composed of aspects of all of the works around it - from materials to variants on code, and was based on a feedback loop where, in real time, light becomes motion and motion becomes light.

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  2. from "of light like intervals", our solo exhibit on martha's vineyard, august 2011. for more projects please visit our site: mayarouvelle.com

    for still images please visit: flickr.com/photos/mayarouvelle/6120510631

    "sustained contemplation offset" is a floor piece made of two LCD monitors [one mounted vertically, and one mounted horizontally - the horizontal monitor was rescued and brought back to use by us for the show], a PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) security camera, two mac minis, and custom software.

    in this work, the vertical monitor is displaying a screen saver called "flurry", which we made some subtle changes to. a PTZ security camera is positioned in front of the vertical LCD monitor and programed to track the movement of "flurry" on the screen. the PTZ is focused tightly on the screen saver. the live feed from the camera is fed into custom software that filters the incoming stream and shows the images that it selects in a varying rhythm on the recycled/specially adapted horizontal lcd.

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  3. this is for lea bertucci and ed bear's ExiTrip project (exitrip.org), more documentation on this work and others can be found on their site.

    ExiTrips are functional, salvaged, obsolete iTrips (low range fm transmitters for ipods), fitted with a stereo mini-plug and battery pack. the theme of lea and ed's project is creative re-purposing of obsolete consumer electronics. we found out about the project from free103point9 (free103point9.org) and submitted a proposal.

    after noticing that walking around the Exitrips seemed to affect their transmission we decided to use the 5 ExiTrips lea and ed sent us as sensors. we were able to read each ExiTrip's signal strength with an fm tuner chip from Silicon Industries. we used the variations to create a live audio work entitled "robot radio", that was premiered within another new project entitled "transient, set" - both of which you can see and hear above.

    each of "robot radio's" ExiTrips was outfitted with a new, longer antenna sized to its selected broadcast frequency and encased in acrylic. in addition to contributing audio, the ExiTrips became a sculptural element of "transient, set". in "transient, set", software processed live video from a resurrected, yet glitchy iSight camera and projected the resulting two dimensional, black and white imagery through an assemblage of materials that reflected and refracted the light, providing bits of color. the long, thick, bare copper antenna's or "robot radio", the monofilament used to suspend them, and their acrylic encasements were a part of that assemblage.

    the software for both works, developed in different programming languages, used similar logic, that involved processing input data and developing patterns in response to it. the programmatic consistencies between the works created shifting perspectives on their relationship from those of alignment (one work) to separation/individuation as qualities of the works changed in response to environmental conditions, including the movements and location of visitors on site.

    **this may be obvious but "robot radio" will sound quite differently depending on what you're listening to it through.

    for still images please visit our flickr gallery:flickr.com/photos/mayarouvelle/sets/72157626886794239/with/5855908624/

    for more works please visit mayarouvelle.com

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  4. robotic art shown in bushwick, brooklyn april '11 @ stanhope cellar studios, -'a light in the basement'- curated by nicholas chatfield-taylor via todd p.

    we filmed lili knitting the monofilament mesh at the center of the work, and tracked the needles' movement. we mounted blue lasers on linear actuators and servos, then programmed the motors with the needles' position data. the table top is the shape of the room.

    a separate robot, seen briefly at the start of the video, toggled a low wattage light bulb to create different lighting conditions.

    the work presents a superimposition of the static, knitted mesh, and the movements that created it, transposed, and translated into the media of motion and light.

    for more projects and still photos: mayarouvelle.com

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  5. detail from robotic art shown in bushwick, brooklyn april '11 @ stanhope cellar studios, -'a light in the basement'- curated by nicholas chatfield-taylor via todd p.

    we filmed lili knitting the monofilament mesh at the center of the work (not seen in this clip), and tracked the needles' movement. we mounted blue lasers on linear actuators and servos, then programmed the motors with the needles' position data. the table top is the shape of the room.

    the work presents a superimposition of the static, knitted mesh, and the movements that created it, transposed, and translated into the media of motion and light.

    for more info and still photos: mayarouvelle.com

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