Quelques projets

Project Idea 1:

a voice recognition piece that displays text on a screen and changes depending on volume and other variables. the text can get larger, smaller, change color etc depending on “emotion in the voice.” That is, the volume of the voice, range, intonation, etc.

1. Is this an installation? How should be shown?
2. Is this type of coding possible within AS3 and Processing?

Project Idea 2:

installation using a motion sensor with a text output. Depending upon the movements of the person in front of the sensor, the output (projection of text) will display randomly chosen words from a series of XML’s. Each XML will essentially be parts of speech. Example: Pronouns, adjectives, verbs, nouns, adverbs etc etc. Each “Grammar XML” will contain 100 words or so that are randomly chosen (you know, that math.random function)

1. How to build the matrix? What are the parameters of motion? Speed…what else?
2. How to get the parts of speech grammatically correct at the time of output? Does this matter?
3. Where to go for this type of code?

Project Idea 3:

Inspired by diary work: Anaïs Nin, Brian Eno…probably even Bukowski and Henry Miller.

an application (perhaps on the iPhone?) to add collected elements such as photos, text, audio) to a mind map ‘pool’ that is updated by the user in real-time. A combination of bubbl.us plus the Voice Thread site that Kent pointed out to Giovana. The purpose is to collect bits of inspiration for projects, writing, stories, ideas in general; a way to incorporate our everyday experiences with our one goal (the pulling passion/obsession). It becomes a multi-media diary.

Project Idea 4:

this one isn’t as much of a project idea per se…but more of a conceptual curiosity of mine. the basement light had gone out a few days ago which meant that i had to make my way down the corners of the winding stairs, laundry basket in hand, without any light; pitch black. i used my feet to guide me along and eventually i could see just enough light coming from the basement windows. when i came back up and could see just fine in the kitchen, i banged my head on one of the hanging copper pots. now that all of my senses were back and working with one another i failed to use them properly. i’m making a video piece right now on washing dishes, inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh. He says:

while washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes.

the concept i was thinking of is not using one of my senses for an entire day and one day per sense. for example, one day i’d have to wear ear plugs, another day wear a blindfold, etc etc. i don’t really know what this would lead to but it might be interesting to focus my attention on what i hear and feel if i can’t see and what i see if i can’t hear. in fact, i wore ear plugs at the bar the other night and it made the experience so much more enjoyable. granted there were forty tv’s around the bar and lady gaga was blasting on the stereo system which really inspired the plugs.

Project Idea 5

brian L. mentioned a project last night about personal data collection. over the course of a year, the fellas conducting the project documented a woman’s habits; her shopping, social events, everything she threw away etc. etc. actually, now i don’t know what the outcome of that project was but no matter. i felt compelled to add a quote here about personal data collection but i’ve got nothin’ right now. however, it made me think of my experience in documentary work. i’m wondering how i can bring together some of these interests in personal data collection (see this guy: nicholas felton), documentary photography, and some sort of multimedia diary.


One Comment

  1. Project 1: Not sure how a computer would track emotion other than through amplitude. Interesting. Anyway, the end result of having words come on the screen depending on emotion is cool.

    Project 2: Good idea but I think that you need to have more than just 100 words or so in each block. At least for the nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

    Project 3: Mind maps. Have you tried Freemind? I use it to plan out complicated projects. It’s like bubbl but it’s written in java and runs on just about any platform. You don’t need the internet to use it.

    Project 4: When washing the dishes, wash the dishes. Well said. The type of person who thinks this way lives in the moment. But you don’t always have to live in the moment to have a good life like the saying implies. Sometimes it’s important to think outside of the moment, and I think that it’s ok to do that while doing something else. Multitasking isn’t always bad. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this for years. If you want to learn the most about things, then you have to put all of your focus on to them, you can’t divide it up or you’ll miss something. Um… It’s late at night so I’m just going on and on and on and on….



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