1. Air (Automatic and interactive Rigging)

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    from Jesus Rodriguez Nieto / Added

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    AIR (Automatic and interactive Rigging) aims to be a change in rigging process techniques. Up to now, just computes a procedural skinning that could be adjusted quickly to achieve quite similar results to those done manually by a professional. The computation is stable and versatile but is not real time right now. The key point is the ability of testing deformations of your rigg while is being created. The next step in this development is to sketch skeletons quickly over the model and test the defined deformations without waiting to be finished at all, and save all the adjustments in an abstract way so that this changes do not die if you change any part of the rigg. This feature can open a wide bunch of artistic opportunities in the rigging process Feel free to comment, we would appreciate any suggestion, the goal is to reconceive the rigging process, this is just the first step. Soon I will publish an awesome update (june2014) Thanks for your support.

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    • Ant Ballet | Pestival 2012

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      This video was filmed in Barcelona in August 2011. It shows the first public testing of the Ant Ballet Machine. Using synthesised pheromones (Z9:16Ald Hexadecanol) and highly invasive Linepthinema humile Argentine ants, a robotic arm lays pheromone powder trails that cause the ants to behave in a different way to their usual foraging. Performances in late 2012 will feature mass colony movement testing, and the first intercontinental ant ballet. The machine is part of a larger study of paranoia, control systems, insects and architecture. See the machine: - Pestival @ ZSL London Zoo, until June 2012 - FutureEverything festival Manchester, 16-19 May 2012 http://futureeverything.org/art/ollie-palmer-ant-ballet/ - Pestival, Sao Paolo, late 2012 (with real live ants!) Music: Remix of "Untitled 13" by Lucky Dragons [www.luckydragons.org] www.antballet.org

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      • Artists Report Back, Animated

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        BFAMFAPhD Single-channel video 06:45 2014 Written by: Susan Jahoda, Blair Murphy, Caroline Woolard Sound: Dia Felix Voice: Susan Jahoda, Art Jones Demographic Analyst: Vicky Virgin Animation: Zipeng Zhu Artists Report Back, Animated uses data about artists’ demographics, occupations, educational attainment, field of degree, and earnings as recorded by The Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) to make statements about the current conditions and contradictions of working artists and arts graduates. For example, in the United States, 40 percent of working artists do not have a bachelors degree in any field. Only 10 percent of arts graduates are working artists.Though arts graduates may acquire additional opportunities and skills from attending art school, arts graduates are likely to graduate with significant student loan debt, which makes working as an artist difficult, if not impossible. Given the discrepancy between working artists and arts graduates, as well as the rising cost of tuition at art schools, the report ends with recommendations for policy makers, administrators, and educators. Read the written report, Artists Report Back, here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3hai7psdenrbqec/BFAMFAPhD_ArtistsReportBack2014.pdf?dl=0 Interact with national data: http://censusreport.bfamfaphd.com This video is on view at Crossing Brooklyn: Art of Bushwick, to Bed-Stuy, and Beyond, on view at the Brooklyn Museum through January 4, 2015. See our installation at the Brooklyn Museum: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/crossing_brooklyn/

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        • Cutting Sequences on the Double Pentagon, explained through dance

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          from Diana Davis / Added

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          This video won the Physics and Math category of the 2012 "Dance Your PhD" competition, sponsored by Science and TED. Here is the FAQ about how we created this video: https://vimeo.com/47273811 The aim of the contest is to get scientists to creatively explain their PhD theses through dance. I have a second goal, which is to show what "math research" means (since many people think it means looking up formulas in books). In the first minute of this video, the dancer (Libby) shows how two pentagons are glued together to make a surface. This is the key idea of the video -- the explaining of science, wordlessly, through dance. You will understand it, and you will remember it. This is my favorite part! Okay, now step back for a minute. Imagine that you are walking in a straight line on a bagel. Maybe you walk right through the hole, and return back to where you started. Maybe you walk around the outside (like an equator), and return back to where you started. Or maybe you walk in a spiraling path (still in a straight line), through the hole and around the bagel a few times before returning to where you started. In the next part of the video, Libby dances across the pentagon in a straight line. This is exactly like your spiraling walk on the bagel: she dances in a straight line, and goes around the surface a few times (maybe 8, because there are 8 lines on the pentagons) before she returns to where she started and repeats the path. When Libby dances across the pentagons in straight lines, she dances across the colored edges of the pentagons. We care about which ones she crosses, so we keep track of it by having a Math Hatter with that color shirt get in line. This creates a sequence of colors (which repeats with period 8). My thesis investigates what happens to this color sequence when we change the pentagon surface. We "shear, cut and reassemble the pentagons," which is clearly shown in the video. This changes the original 8 lines on the pentagons to a different pattern -- 4 lines, as it turns out. When Libby dances across these four lines, she's doing a different, shorter spiral around the bagel (if you will). She crosses four colored edges, which gives us a new sequence of Math Hatters. Thesis question: What is the relationship between the 8-color sequence and the 4-color sequence? Answer: Each Math Hatter checks to see if s/he has the same color on both sides, and if so, stays in line (keeps her hat), and if not, sadly has to leave (removes his hat). That's my theorem: Shearing and reassembling the pentagons is equivalent to seeing if the colors are the same on both sides. I actually wasn't the first person to prove a theorem of this kind. John Smillie and Corinna Ulcigrai studied the regular octagon surface, which is similar to the double pentagon surface except that it is just one octagon, with opposite parallel edges identified (colored the same). They proved that if you "shear, cut and reassemble" the octagon, the effect on the color sequence is to keep only the ones with the same color on both sides. My contribution was to show that their methods also apply to the double pentagon surface. If this interests you, it is all explained in more detail in the actual paper for which this video serves as a sort of abstract: http://www.math.brown.edu/~diana/math/VeechPolygons.pdf The paper's introduction is very friendly and has lots of pictures. In the references, you can find Smillie and Ulcigrai's paper, whose introduction is also friendly and does a good job of explaining things. In these papers, the polygons' edges are labeled with letters instead of colors. Thanks very much to my advisor, Richard Schwartz, for supporting this project and for providing many helpful suggestions along the way. Helpful suggestions about drafts of the video also came from Alan Bernier, Satyan Devadoss, Dan Green, Mackenzie Hawkins, Tom Hulse, Dan Katz, Chan Kuan, Joanna Murphy, Libby Stein, Matt Watkins, Joe Wolfson, Marbet Wolfson, and many others. You can write to me at diana(at)math.brown.edu.

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          • Dance your PhD 2014 - Photoswitchable zinc-finger

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            In this video I want to show part of my PhD research which involves the incorporation of a molecular motor into a biological system. A molecular motor consists of two units that can rotate unidirectionally around the axis of a double bond through the sequential input of light and heat. In the first scene we synthesise the molecular motor: two ketones react together and with the help of titanium they lose oxygen (represented by the red balloons) to form a double bond. In order to improve this reaction we needed to increase the concentration of the reaction, which is demonstrated in scene two. The can-can dance in scene three shows the four states of the molecular motor which are obtained upon irradiation and heating and provide complete 360 degree unidirectional rotation. My PhD then goes on to investigate how this unique property of molecular motors, specifically the four different states, can be used to interfere and control biological systems. Our chosen biological system is a zinc finger peptide which is important in DNA expression: we introduce the molecular motor into the zinc finger by solid phase peptide synthesis and, in the final scene, investigate the influence of the different states of the molecular motor on the structure and function of the zinc finger. I thank all my friends that danced with me and helped me to accomplish this amazing project;)

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            • Odysseas' Leer (2012)

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              Intro Video for a PhD thesis presentation. art work, animation, dvd authoring by Afroditi Bitzouni. Track: Stillness of the mind, Abel Korzeniowski & Shigeru Umebayashi (A Single Man, Director: Tom Ford (2009)).

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              • The PD You Don't See: Cognitive and Non-motor Symptoms

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                Some of the first symptoms people with Parkinson's may experience are not visible to others. As the disease progresses, cognitive and other non-motor symptoms continue to be a significant aspect of living with Parkinson's. Joanne Hamilton, PhD, ABPP-CN of Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California in Poway, CA explains what to expect and how to distinguish symptoms caused by Parkinson's from those caused by medications. Her presentation for the Davis Phinney Foundation audience offers hope and practical strategies for understanding and managing cognitive and non-motor challenges. Visit www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/living-pd/webinar/ to watch more webisodes from the Living Well Challenge educational webinar series for people living with Parkinson's disease.

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                • What's in the Heart - Cannot be Taken

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                  What’s in the Heart tells the stories of Indians fighting for health equality in the halls of Washington and their own communities, and the origins of their extreme health disparities. This transmedia project forms the cornerstone for a cross-cultural social movement to address the Indian health crisis through awareness and engagement. SYNOPSIS In What’s in the Heart, the Pine Ridge reservation stands in as a case study for hundreds of American Indian (AI) communities suffering from the highest morbidity rates in the US. AI’s of this region have a 629% greater chance of dying of alcoholism, a 538% greater chance of dying from diabetes, a teen has a 150% greater chance of committing suicide, and the infant mortality rate is more than double that of the entire US. While exploring the historic reasons for current conditions, this transmedia project transforms statistics into real-life stories as it documents Lakota people working to mend the effects of historical trauma and offers ways for audience members to dig deeper into the story and characters, and ultimately take action for more funding and attention to this hidden health crisis. What’s in the Heart is told through the voices and perspectives of Lakota people struggling to overcome the social ills and inequities that threaten the health and survival of their culture. These Lakota know that the treaties their ancestors signed exchanging millions of acres of land and resources for healthcare are not being fulfilled. In fact, the Indian Health Service, which is the federal agency created to oversee the promise of healthcare, is chronically underfunded by 50%. Leonard Little Finger and Donald Warne, MD, MPH, both Lakota, are the two main characters throughout the project. Through the legacy Leonard embodies as the descendant of grandfathers who signed the 1868 Treaty, the viewer will learn the history of how his people arrived at its current state. Donald, a Lakota physician, public health expert and professor, will introduce the audience to the supporting characters of health care workers and community members who are working diligently to counter the inequity of a severely underfunded healthcare system by providing education and wellness to their community. The stories of many others who are affected by – and are taking action to address – the American Indian health crisis will be told. Anchored by a documentary film surrounded by additional story content on an interactive HTML5/Popcorn.js-based website, this transmedia project combines traditional media (including some based in the AI oral tradition) with a variety of new media formats offering different elements of the story. The interactive website will offer many different ways to dig deeper into the content in real time for more information on the people, organizations and events depicted in the film. Additional related stories will be expanded upon through Lakota teen-created videos, audio podcasts, an online-based graphic novel, a traditional-style song, and a movement-sparking social media campaign encouraging audience participation, sharing “What’s in Your Heart?”. The overall goal is to engage viewers in different key audiences to take action for change — whether they are American Indians, health professionals, policymakers or individuals who care about social justice — and to reach them through the media they already use.

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                  • Overthrow | The Missionary | David Hieatt

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                    The Missionary is David Hieatt, co-founder of Hiut Denim. PHD and eatbigfish have launched their latest book 'Overthrow: 10 ways to tell a challenger story' which defines 10 different types of challenger brands and the approaches they represent. It identifies shining examples of companies that fit into each of these challenger types, with interviews from each, and examines the media implications facing each type of challenger. The book is available to buy on Amazon and more information can be found here: http://phdww.com/Thought-Leadership/Our-Bookshelf.aspx This film is courtesy of eatbigfish (eatbigfish.com)

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                    • Sasha Lessin Ph.D

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                      Sasha Lessin Ph.D

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