Process Lab / Rehearsal Rooms – Day Four

Today we finished the stop motion work and did a few more experiments with the contraption, which we weren’t really happy with but were useful in as far as they showed us what we preferred about the earlier ones; sometimes you have to take a wrong turn to realise you were already on the right track. We’re having an opening to the public tomorrow three till six (ish) so if you’re about pop in.

 

 

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Process Lab / Rehearsal Rooms – Day Two

Today we got stuck into a longer stop motion animation, finding an attractive looking loop in the original data set and drawing it out. Sharon looped through a couple of cycles of one part of the accelerometer log before moving to another interesting looking shape in the set, we’ll come back to this and finish it tomorrow.

 

While the batteries recharged on the DSLR camera we did two more experiments with the camera mounted charcoal contraption, this time drawing over the projection. These were quite extreme.

 

 

 

A couple of things came up in conversation about where to take things next, looking at a way of getting perspective back into both my visualisation and  the drawing, doing a stop motion with both the projection and the drawing in shot and expanding the contraption with more bamboo. Watching Sharon work with the charcoal another thing I’d like to try and work into my code is some kind of charcoal dust particle effect.

 

Here are some more pictures of the day’s work.

 

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Process Lab / Rehearsal Rooms – Day One

As part of this year’s rehearsal rooms project visual artist Sharon Kelly and myself have installed ourselves in PS2’s project space for a week to work more fully on our ongoing collaboration exploring drawing, running, data visualisation and the common ground between visual and digital arts.

Today was split between setting up and starting the process of making physical animations based around Sharon’s interpretation of my visualisation of her data. We got one nice stop motion animation done followed by some more experimentation with ‘the contraption’ (a web cam mounted on charcoal) followed by the stop motion’d erasing of the experiment.

How ‘the contraption’ and the videos it creates fits in with the wider theme of the two of us imitating and drawing from each other’s work has yet to be decided. We’re talking about fitting the wii-mote to it and perhaps doing something with that data, as if the whole process were repeating and folding in on itself.

 

For the technically curious I’ve been doing the stop motion using Sofortbild to tether Sharon’s D200 to my macbook and a custom Jitter patch that watches the folder for fresh jpegs and automatically adds them to a jit.matrixset animation. This allows us to watch back the animation with the source data visualisation next to it so we can quickly see how they compare.

 

Here are some pictures of how we’ve been using the space so far.

Visualisation and stop motion set up

Visualisation and stop motion set up

Visualisation and stop motion set up

Visualisation and stop motion set up

Close up

Close up

Interpreted data visualisation

Interpreted data visualisation

Second stop motion setup

Second stop motion setup

Outcomes so far

Outcomes so far