1. Aesthetec - What We Do


    from Aesthetec Studio / Added

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    We commissioned a friend and filmmaker, Ryan Varga, to help us with one of our most challenging tasks - explaining what we do. Over the past six months Ryan has been filming us at the studio and on site, the result of which is this short film. Enjoy and tell us what you think! The film features work from the new Calgary Science Centre (Telus Spark), ZATAOMM dance projects, our Nuit Blanche collab with Dashing Collective, Toronto Maker Faire, and some random shots from around the old and new studio.

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    • Emerald Laser Lawn


      from Dan Corson / Added

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      Emerald Laser Lawn, 2007 Ft Lauderdale FL. Lasers, Aluminum, Computer Control System, Sensors. Turf or sod is the largest irrigated crop in the United States. It is everywhere. Illuminating the lawn with coherent radiation, allows us to re-see with new eyes what is normal and all around us. Moving light simulates (and stimulates) the growth of the lawn, the flooding of the fields, the sparkle of the dew on the grass. The kinetic patterns on the lawn animate the grass for people to explore and play with the light. Scanning laser patterns are projected onto a park lawn at a very low angle creating dynamic undulating surfaces with fiber optic and green fire effects. Hidden sensors randomly trigger different sequences and patterns lasting 5-7 minutes. The 3 emerald green lasers and sensors are permanently mounted under a standard park bench. Funding: Broward County Public Art

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      • Emerald Aura


        from Dan Corson / Added

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        Emerald Aura, 2008, Memphis TN, lasers, infrared lights, cameras, sensors, computers Interactive laser sculpture inspired by surveillance and tracking technology. A pedestrian only intersection is tracked with infrared lights and cameras. The live images are fed back to a laser system and real-time interactive “auras” are then projected back onto people. Funded: Urban Art Commission, Memphis

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        • "Feedback" - 12/5/11 Performance


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          From Ellings Hall at UC Santa Barbara, the class of MAT 200A presents "Feedback".

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          • Control Illumination


            from Dan Corson / Added

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            On one street corner in Pioneer Square, was located the "control pad”- a thin, metal manhole cover-sized plate etched with 4 different alchemical glyphs relating to power and light. Stepping on different parts of this control pad activated up to 4 different searchlights that targeted the control pad and the 3 other adjacent intersections also marked with etched plates. Often the searchlights were accidentally set off by pedestrians engaging them in a brief game. Other times groups of people would play on the pad for hours- confusing other pedestrians and becoming "light masters" of the intersection. Other times the homeless population would take a custodial role, explaining what the strange disks were and how the piece worked. Funding: 4Culture

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            • Philtering


              from Jason Puccinelli / Added

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              • Meditation Technology


                from Max Lauter / Added

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                Meditation Technology [Installation]; 2011 Materials: Computer, sheet metal, wood, cables, piezo microphones, Pure Data software, speakers, audio. This interactive installation piece creates an environment of relaxation, yet heightens awareness. The space is filled with the sound of prerecorded crystal crucibles being struck or rubbed, and participants experience the interplay of frequencies and beat patterns in the air as the sound slowly pans across four speakers in the corners of the room. Participants are invited to sit on four metal mats positioned in the four directions on the floor, each with a piezo microphone sending audio signal to a computer for processing. Through a custom software patch, the computer measures the amount of movement on the mats from the amplitude received, and based on the movement increases the spread of the bowls across the four speakers, or in cases of more disruptive movement, begins to distort the sounds. The participants quickly become aware of their movement. Even the smallest motions create changes in the ebb and flow of the bowls, and gives the participants audible feedback on their ability to focus or meditate. A minimalist industrial and technological feeling is evoked in the use of bare metal, wood, and cables. There is no attempt at making these components hidden; they are given aesthetic consideration so that the piece may be understood as a technological system without its parts becoming a source of external distraction. Through the piece participants may begin to become comfortable with motionless listening in small groups with others. They will be working together to be still so that they may find a deeper place of thought, or travel through aural narratives while intensely focused. The conceptual framework behind this piece originated in my desire to create a piece of computer art that allowed for technology to partake, for better or for worse, in the building up of a collective awareness, and an enhanced ability to concentrate during the meditation process. Special thanks to Pall Thayer and Seth Powsner.

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                • Video Projection Mapping Project: Snowflake Sculpture Documentation


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                  This video and text below is a more detailed documentation of the Snowflake Mapping Project by Marcell Marias. Sculpture Dimensions: H. 3m x W. 3m D. 1m Weight: 22.5 Kg The project was initially inspired by a number of things including a book, The Art of the Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht, video mapping art, and the desire to make an interactive, audiovisual installation. After being awestruck by the beauty of the photographs in the book, I contacted Kenneth Libbrecht, a Caltech Physicist, and asked for permission to use some of his photos in an art project. At the same time I was researching video mapping and gained knowledge of the Mapping Festival in Geneva. I saw some amazing installation and performance documentations, which further inspired me to start a video mapping project. I wanted to map complex shapes and the snowflakes were a perfect complement. Mr. Libbrecht kindly granted me permission to use his snowflake photos and I was on my way to masking and animating them. I also used 3 snowflake shapes to make the 13 aluminum snowflakes which comprise the projection surfaces. For the sculpture I decided to use aluminum, as it is lightweight and light in color. Modularity was important, so all parts bolt together easily with 1/4" bolts and wing nuts. I incorporated a tripod stand using the two lower legs so it can be freestanding, but I also made two lower legs without extensions so the sculpture can be hung. All the surfaces of the aluminum snowflakes were sanded so it looks like frost grew on them, and the radiating support arms were also sanded. The snowflake photos were animated in Modul8 and exported as Quicktime movies into After Effects, where corresponding snowflake shapes were used as masks. These movies were then imported into Modul8 and used as the main visual components. A full frame mask of the snowflake array was made and adjusted, vector by vector, as the mask was projecting on the actual sculpture. This mask was used as the main output mask over the animated snowflake layers in Modul8, which then projected onto the snowflake shapes of the sculpture. The projector I decided to use was a Canon SX50 for its higher 1400x1050 resolution and its fine LCoS panels. This is mounted on a heavy duty Bogen tripod, but can be ceiling-mounted for installation. My intent from the beginning was to make this an interactive piece, so I incorporated midi-triggering of music sequences along with the video clips. The music used in this video is my song "Eye" from my "Positive Energy Revolution" release. Tracks containing drums, bass, synths, and effects were laid out in Ableton Live and mapped onto buttons of a 64-button MIDI controller. Then the same button mapping was used to control the corresponding snowflake animations in Modul8. This triggering of both music and video clips at the same time makes for a very interactive, immersive and fun display of complex video mapping art. I hope everyone enjoys this and I wish to share this with as many people as I can. I will also continue to develop other designs, expand upon the interactivity if pieces, and push the boundaries of this exciting art form. Marcell Marias

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                  • Identity Tapestry (including new basket-form)


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                    • Howard Hughs & Paula Deen


                      from Sean Hottois / Added

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                      I wanted to emulate a human experience. In this case agoraphobia. Both Howard Hughes & Paula Deen may have suffered from this condition. As viewers surround the pedestal both towers of lights elongate and contract becoming increasingly active until they reach a state of panic.

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