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final – processing


Sam & Anna’s Final Project Progress


2 topics kept jumping into my head as a read this. People are strange was the first thing, and the cycle of media and technological innovation was the second. “…cultural categories and concepts are substituted, on the level of meaning and/or the language, by new ones which derive from computer’s ontology, epistemology and pragmatics. New media thus acts as a forerunner of this more general process of cultural re-conceptualization.” Like we talk about in class, my computer doesn’t do anything until I tell it to – replace “computer’s” with “the user’s” in the above quote and it basically says that we use new media to change our culture to fit our needs. Great, except people are strange. Don’t get me wrong, we are all strange in our own way, it’s what is great about each of us, beautiful. The increased interaction brought on by new media creates a wider spectrum of “strangeness” in mainstream life. Now everyone can contribute to our culture – not just those of us within a standard deviation or so. How does that effect generation to come.

I look at how our culture has changed because of this and I think of twitter and Instagram (etc). Seems that the changes to our culture have changed it from people connecting in-person and wanted the connection to relate to people to just needing to update my social media. We have replaced sitting down for a meal with people with taking pictures of food and sharing them – far from the same thing. This starts to get into the second idea of the cycle of media and technology.

I started thinking about what drives this, does twitter drive the need for new phones that allow me to tweet from anywhere, or does the creation of the phone with this capability allow for the creation of twitter. Does the technology drive the creation of media, or does the want for new media drive technology. In most cases, I feel like the idea of something, then creates a need for the tool to accomplish it; but I am not sure that’s that same pattern for media. It seems that the technology needs to be there or at least mostly there, then the application of that technology is created (then maybe technology updates a bit). Does this make sense? Are we controlling our own destiny?

Bread Plate and Drink Cup 3.0 (Now with Processing!)

I decided to upgrade my bread plate and drink cup circuit from the the beginning of the semester.  Now instead of red and green LEDs, Processing provides a red or green window instead.  I wanted to add sounds as well but Minim was being… difficult.  You’ll find my codes and my circuit below.

Bread Plate and Drink Cup_bb







I’ve got no strings

Wireless communication is pretty rad. At the end of the day though, it’s all about radios that act as modems. A modem is a device that takes digital information (like serial communication) modulates these signals for transmission, the demodulates them on the other end to feats on the gooey insides of the signal.

We have a number of options for wireless communication, we’ll start easy, and move our down the ladder of difficulty.

  • Bluetooth : a pretty simple protocol that can be used to transmit data like sensor information, but also more complex signals like audio. The modems used with the Arduino are pretty simple and just create a serial connection between the computer and the microcontroller
  • Xbee : slightly more complex. Modems need to be configured to communicate with each other.
    • configure serially
      • easiest with a usb-serial adapter
      • CoolTerm is great for talking with the modems (key emulation to CR)
      • Put into command mode with “+++”
      • ATID (PAN ID number)
      • ATMY (self ID)
      • ATDH (destination high)
      • ATDL (destination low)
      • ATWR (saves)
      • Xbee shield needs to be on USB switch
  • GSM (similar to WiFi & Ethernet, but much cooler)

fsr and bouncing bubbles

I was having serious issues with hooking the fsr up to processing. This was meant to be a “are you ready?!” kind of sensor. So, that the moment the user holds/presses the sensor the game begins (just because physical sensors are more fun than regular keys). But, I sort of failed because the game was just laggy without fsr reading but flowed nicely with fsr reading.

Computational Media

When I switched into the Interactive Media Arts major last semester, I did so mainly out of a desire to challenge myself to do something that I was scared to do.   I made the change because of the rather limited majors offered at NYU Shanghai, IMA aligned most closely with my personal interests and career goals. I had essentially no experience in IMA, but felt confident that with hard work and perseverance, etc., etc., I could do whatever I put my mind to.  However, as I became better acquainted with the program, I realized that it was vastly different from what I had expected.  To the naive or perhaps simply un-informed me, Interactive Media Arts meant collaboration (interaction), working with different mediums (media), and doing so creatively (art).  To the me who was struggling to construct simply circuits while my classmates made dolls that laughed when you tickled them and fabric flowers that “bloomed”, IMA was reduced to one thing: computers.

Since then I have really come to appreciate the incorporation of technology in art, but I wouldn’t really say that I’m a computational media convert.  That isn’t to say that I’m against it by any means, but rather that I don’t see the need to distinguish it in such painstaking terms from “traditional” media.  Reading Manovich’s essay, I can really appreciate his work from an theoretical and anthropological (maybe not the right word– media-logical?) standpoint, but I don’t know how useful it is in practice.  I think that one of the beautiful things about media is its malleability and the ways in which people adapt it to suit their needs.  Rather than people conforming to the limitations of media, I think the media is generally adapted to the needs of people and as such, I think that the best approach to it is open-ended.

Computational media is, I believe, essential to the modern lifestyle and integral in our society.  From mass media to contemporary art to architecture, computational media allows us to innovate existing disciplines and markets and to expand into ones that didn’t previously exist.  In light of this sort of integration of computational media with other disciplines, I don’t think it makes sense to study or practice computational media in a vacuum or to even try to give it a strict definition.  It seems clear to me that computational media will continue to adapt and re-invent itself, perhaps until it becomes a new field entirely.  To me, rather than distinct camps of “old” and “new” media, computational media falls more into an evolutionary spectrum of media; it is at once its own “species” (so to speak) as well as an intermediate form bridging the media of yesteryear and the media of tomorrow.

“Mixed Signals” Panic Button

For this assignment I tried to make my Arduino communicate with processing to create a panic button.  My idea was that when the FSR was pressed, the program running in processing would change from displaying “Keep Calm and Carry On” to displaying “PANIC”, but I ran into some issues (namely the screen flashes frenetically between the two messages until the FSR is pressed, at which point it reads, “PANIC”).Panic Button

Panic Button


new media

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my apologies in advances for the slight tirade-ish tone.