Recent Projects

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This project proposes an alternative financial model based on Peer-to-Peer architecture for a more equal sharing of wealth in society. It offers an innovative participative system using counterfeited virtual money. By issuing a visionary counterfeited type of VISA credit card, the project introduces the Gift Finance system based on People-to-People free credit shared across digital networks. The Gift Finance is a democratic creation of money directly regulated by ordinary people in order to redistribute wealth in society. The website P2PGiftCredit.com allows people to generate unique virtual card numbers to send to others via digital devices and platforms.

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Zajal is a programming language designed to reduce the friction between creative vision and functioning software. Live coding allows artists to improvise code and experiment freely, turning programming into an act of sculpture rather than architecture. Zajal's simple consistent syntax works hard to get out of the way of creativity, while its Ruby foundations expose coders to an immense world of existing code, discussions, and documentation.

Live coding is at the heart of the Zajal experience. Changes are applied to the running sketch without restarting whenever possible. This allows coders to experiment like never before, and also encourages the healthy habit of making small, incremental changes. It allows for truly instant feedback on your ideas, making Zajal a lot of fun to use and learn. 

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Swordfight is a two player physical game played using strap on Atari 2600 controllers. The goal of the game is to press your opponent's button with your joystick before they press yours.

The game was a collaboration with Kurt Bieg, who originated the idea.

The placement and nature of the controllers combined with the rules forces players into awkward positions that would be unacceptable in any other context. Because of the understanding that everyone is playing a game, friends and strangers become willing to interact in a way they never would. Swordfight is a celebration of the magic circle created by games that allow us to temporarily redefine societal rules through play.

The controllers are made of authentic strapon harnesses with hacked Atari controllers mounted in them. A custom circuit detects button presses and plays a tone for seven seconds, registering a hit. Instructions for assembly are made available on the site.

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OurGoods.org is a barter network that connects artists, designers, and activists to trade skills, spaces, and objects. OurGoods exists so that creative people can help each other produce independent projects. Co-founded by Carl Tashian, Louise Ma, Rich Watts, Jen Abrams, and Caroline Woolard in 2009, OurGoods is an ongoing project that influences Caroline's work as a Fellow at Eyebeam.

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The RGBDToolkit is an open source platform for volumetric filmmaking that utilizes a hacked Kinect depth sensor paired with a DSLR video camera to creates a unique hybrid form of three dimensional video. The toolkit allows experimentation with a new paradigm of filmmaking where 3D models derived from large image datasets allow for choosing perspectives after the fact, merging photography and 3D animation.

The RGB+D tumblr (http://rgbd.tumblr.com) showcases on going research from the artists developing the software while they create their work.

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In Stranger Visions artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance.

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"Prior Art" is an animated short that uses Kinect motion capture to depict a friendly music contest gone horribly wrong—a musical duel between three robots and a flock of singing birds.

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Quotidian Record is a limited edition LP that features a continuous year of personal location-tracking data recorded by Brian House. In compressing 365 days to 365 rotations and mapping habitual places to harmonic relationships, he hopes to prompt our musical perception when we consider our daily travels.

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Occu-bot is a D.I.Y robot for occupation and picket holding. Management-bot (also known as the Financier) is a walking bot that accompanies the Occubot. Barking-bot is a megaphone-dog that confronts the Occubot and protects the Management-bot.

December 25.  2011
All hardware by Taeyoon Choi with assistance of Claire Arbitz on gear box.
Performance photography by Jongchul Lee http://reths.com/

For more information http://taeyoonchoi.com/2011/12/occu-bot-and-financier-bot/  

 

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The Creatomatic is a piece of software designed to help its users conceive new artworks. It operates by randomly juxtaposing drawings of two everyday objects from a large selection, which a user can combine to invent something new. The software is given to a group of artists, and the results are exihibted at Eyebeam.

"Candelier" by Takeshi Miyakawa
 

"Cactus Straw" by Jacob Tonski


"Tape Dispenser Particle" by Greg Witt