“Live interactive art video installation at the experimental art festival Le Flash in Atlanta, GA. Two Hmong actors engage with the audience via live video feed to them inside the building. The audience engages the heads by speaking into the provided microphones. The heads are projected 14 feet high and tower over the people outside. The heads are meant to intimidate the audience and reverse the roles of majority and minority and give the audience the feeling of being an immigrant in a foreign country. A collaborative project by Stefani Byrd and Wes Eastin made possible by a grant from the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. Featuring Faith and Jeff Her. ” from the creator
i like the humorous part of this concept. Nth beats that. 

“Light without Switches is a project within the faculty of Industrial Design at the Technical University in Eindhoven. The project falls under the Next Nature theme, the project coach is Berry Eggen. The video shows an implementation prototype and a scenario.” by Frits Stam.

everything is getting so automated, we dont even have to on a switch to light up something. I believe i would be more than happy to play with this interactive grass, as it responses to any of my movement.

Interacting with Negative Spaces

The “Interstitial Fragment Processor” (2007: Golan Levin) is an interactive artwork which allows visitors to explore the audiovisual potentials of negative spaces. The installation collects and drops the contoured shapes formed within and between the bodies of its participants. Elastic red and blue animated objects plummet toward the gallery floor, producing audiovisual improvisations on vertical descent and collision.

Look at things from a different way i guess? dont usually focus on the main character, the empty spaces can be fun to play with too.


January 20, 2010

“prototype of an interactive toilet installation made by second year HKU KMT students. This demo is programmed in C++, the hardware is built using a arduino and homemade waterproof piezo sensors. ” from someone

Kind of crude.


January 18, 2010

Twitter radio

“TwitterRadio installation,It takes real time tweets and organises them into stations that you can ‘tune’ through. Powered by Arduino, MaxMSP and Quartz Composer (for RSS reading). ” from the creator.

When i first saw it, the first thing that came to my mind was, this would be perfect for paparazzi. Like how, they can just tune in, to stalk the celebrities, and create gossips.

However, thinking of it in a more large scale format, if this twitter radio can be sorted by different categories, like design, news. I mean, wow, there would be a great deal of information on this twitter radio from people all over the world.

P/s. i feel that thomas would like this twitter radio, since he is a serious stalker… hahahaha.


January 18, 2010

“SoniColumn” is a taste of the fun feel, and experience-based art.

The cylindrical body is covered in LED and touch. Cylinder and fingers trace the people, LEDRite Akira mentioned along the tracks, and at the same timeChimeSounds like flows.

Marks mentioned the LED is lit, persists. And then turn the knob to this column, justCylinder music box, As we are trying to play the melody along the tracks mentioned.”

cited  http://www.gizmodo.jp/2006/08/sonicolum.html

sonicolumn video you can click on this link to watch the video.

i think this is a good example of bringing Nostalgic back, with a twist, making it the product of the 21st century.

we do not have to craft the music box ourselves, making the holes, etc, we do not need to understand music score to create our very own piece of music . For sonicolumn, we just had to move our fingers.

Most importantly, this project kept the vital and nostalgic movement of a music box, which is we had to turn the hander in order to listen to the whole piece of music.

Nostalgic yet cutting edge.

尾具 Mood Tail

December 14, 2009

To me, i feel that its a public expression project.

“Human lose one thing that does not seem to be important in the process of evolution.

What is that? Its tail. The tail has one special feature that shows emotions.

Because human learn how to constrain the emotion nowadays, they usually hide their inner feeling unwittingly. I attempt to make a robotic tail which can be controlled and show the controllers feeling in some way else.” From the creator.

I agree that we humans now tend to hide our emotions to avoid showing who we really are. Force to contain our inner feeling, is really a painful process. From some ways, we would be able to show our emotions but its not really obvious, not like how dogs would wag their tails to show they are happy. 

I feel that 尾具 Mood Tail is a really meaningful project, in rediscovering our emotion tail and highlighting our losing ability to express our emotions.

“This music video was shot for Sour’s ‘Hibi no Neiro’ (Tone of everyday) from their first mini album ‘Water Flavor EP’. The cast were selected from the actual Sour fan base, from many countries around the world. Each person and scene was filmed purely via webcam. ”

I’m really amazed, its really well-choreographed. In a way, its also interaction, but via photos and videos. Without each and everyone’s effort, the static images like water droplets wont be able to move and Many small parts to form a image or formation would not be recognizable. The different parts of human features coming together to form a new face is really fun as well. Thought it would be interesting to share, to see how only a web cam  and with human input could make such interaction between us humans, and forming up a big piece of work. Like a moving story telling human collage, showing the tone of everyday visually.

Interactive Visual Canon Platform(IVCP)

“The canon is a composition pattern with a long history and many forms. The concept of the canon has also been applied to experimental film making and on Japanese television. We describe our Interactive Visual Canon Platform (IVCP) that enables creators of visual canons to design their movements through rapid cycles of performance and evaluation. The IVCP system provides real time support for the actors; they can see the canon resulting from their movements while they are still performing. ”

More on about what canon(Music)

“In music, a canon is a contrapuntal composition that employs a melody with one or more imitations of the melody played after a given duration (e.g. quarter rest, one measure, etc.).

 The initial melody is called the leader (or dux), while the imitative melody, which is played in a different voice, is called the follower (or comes). The follower must imitate the leader, either as an exact replication of its rhythms and intervals or some transformation thereof (see “Types of canon“, below).

Repeating canons in which all voices are musically identical that repeat are called rounds – “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Frère Jacques” being widely known examples.” cited from wiki

Thoughts on the IVCP

I am amazed with how the logic of music type (canon)can be transform into a visual moves. The logic of canon, works quite well from both aspects, to listen and to watch.

Yahoo exercise

November 19, 2009

User requirement


Aim to find out if to offer new services or improve their existing services for yahoo.

2. Semi structured interview

3. Qs for interviews

Do you have a yahoo a/c ?


Are you happy with the current services they are providing ?


Do you think they need to improve on their existing services? or you would rather we introduce new services on the yahoo web ? 

User persona interview

Name: Calvin Tan

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Occupation: IT – consultant

Interview- Calvin  Tan

Do you have a yahoo a/c ?


Are you happy with the current services they are providing ?

Not Quite, needs improvement.

Why ? Which section of services do you think they need to improve on ?

News section ?  Abit wordy and catergorize. Search engine ? i would prefer   to use google than to yahoo’s as the search are more relevant to what i am looking for.

Do you think they need to improve on their existing services? or you would rather we introduce new services on the yahoo web ?

Improve on the current services they are providing , as they already have an overwhelming services on the web, no one uses all of them.

Which services would you rather they improve on ?

News, mail, yahoo search engine.

Note down findings:

-User  feels that the services need improvement.

-As there are already numerous of services Yahoo is already providing, he felt that it would be wiser that Yahoo improve a few new services, rather then adding in new ones.




PART II – Preparing Survey

Objectives of study

Find out which of the services they are more keen on Yahoo to improve on?

2. Open and close ended qs

3. Qs for our survey

1. Yahoo user ? YES/NO

2. if yes, which services do you normally use on Yahoo website ? Please tick the services.

 if no, which services would you be likely to use on Yahoo website ? Please tick the services.

3. Out of the services you are more likely to use services would you want Yahoo improve on the most list at least 3.


Distribution Method

Online survey or through yahoo mail.

Why ?

Yahoo  is a web based service, so we have to make sure that the group who did our survey uses the internet.

Lower cost, less manpower, easier for sorting and analyse.

Design our survey.