May 132011

Photos: sonicSENSE Transmutations Closing @ GAFFTA

OpenLab members exhibited projects along with recent MFA graduates from UCSC Digital Arts New Media program, UCSC Arts faculty, and the UCSC Art and Physics Lab at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and around Mid-Market in San Francisco through the Artery Project facilitated by the San Francisco Arts Commission and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art in Storefronts is back!

The closing reception for Transmutations will have additional pieces by Nick Lally, Meredith Drum, Lyes Belhocine, Drew Detweiler, and the NomadPad, curated by Jennifer Parker on the street level of GAFFTA. check out the projects below: 

CUBIIC from Drew Detweiler on Vimeo.

By Lyes Belhocine and Drew Detweiler
CUBIIC is a novel interface that lets users mix audio and video in real time. Audio and video clips are selected by flipping different sides of Plexiglass cubes. Two users can interact to create an improvised collaborative performance with data shared between two stations. CUBIIC is the latest in a series of innovative media manipulation tools created by Lyes Belhocine and Drew Detweiler since their graduation from The Digital Arts and New Media Program at UC Santa Cruz. Their work has been exhibited at the Absolute Zero festival in San Jose, Zeum- The Children’s Museum of San Francisco, and in Santa Cruz at Cruzio for First Friday Santa Cruz.


touch screen

Louisiana Re-Storied

by Meredith Drum
MAX / MSP assistance by Lyés Belhocine.
Carpentry assistance by Mitch Miller.

Touch screen with graphical interface, wooden kiosk, video projection, sound library.
If plastics could speak, what would they say? Tracing plastic products to their birthplace, the massive petrochemical factories and oil refineries that create plastic feedstocks, Louisiana Re-Storied is an interactive documentary regarding the impact of this industry on the health of specific human communities and ecosystems. The work focuses on the stretch of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Here small communities and wetlands are sandwiched between petrochemical plants whose significant toxic releases are weakly regulated by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, an agency famous for its industrial nepotism.




by: Nick Lally
Untitled is sound reactive software which gathers ambient street noise (footsteps, traffic, conversations, etc) and renders them as 3D particle systems in real time.



by: Amy Boewer and Jack O’Neill
Nomadpad is committed to providing a free and accessible multifunctional product designed to deliver comfort and protection to those who are imposed-by the difficulties of the urban nomadic experience. Nomadpad is a nondiscriminatory, non-profit organization whose aims are to successfully supply a utilitarian product available to all users in the community of the city.


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