MediaScape Musings # 6 : SHEI Magazine Fall Print

Greetings everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration🦃! I am excited to announce a remarkable event:

⦿ Time: 12/6 (Wed.) from 8 to 10 pm
⦿ Location: Club Above (215 N Main St #300, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)

As a print photo editor at SHEI, our team embarked on several inspiring photoshoots this semester. We experimented with several styles, and explored diverse locations such as parks, restaurants, and even unconventional spaces like bathrooms to fully realize our overarching theme—ALL GROWN UP! While behind-the-scenes photos provide a glimpse, they do not entirely capture the essence of our work. The latest magazine issue has been printed and will be available for everyone to pick up when you attend the Party!

Welcome to join us!!

MediaScape Musings # 5 : Fear Follower

My team finally finished the Visual Motion Capture project this week, but we changed the name to Fear Follower!! Let me introduce this project in detail:

The Fear Follower is an interactive experience integrating visual motion capture with robotics, dynamic visual projections, and immersive sound design. A visual projection of a large eyeball maintains an unwavering gaze on the user, tracking their every move around the room. Simultaneously, a robotic hand wheels itself toward the user, creating a dynamic and responsive connection between the installation and the individual. The culmination of these elements generates a strange ambiance that evokes a palpable sense of tension for the user. This synthesis of visual and auditory components is designed to immerse participants in a multi-sensory journey, pushing the boundaries of conventional interactive installations and redefining the relationship between users and their interactive environments.

MediaScape Musings # 4 : PointAt

Greetings, everyone! Today, I’m thrilled to share a sneak peek into an exciting work-in-progress team project from my PAT 515 class: PointAt.

In the evolving landscape of interactive experiences, PointAt is set to redefine the boundaries. This project seamlessly integrates cutting-edge technologies, including visual motion capture, movable hand installations, a dynamic visual eyeball projection, and immersive sound design.

Picture this: a visual eyeball projection that never wavers, meticulously tracking your every move with precision. Simultaneously, a movable hand installation dynamically points at you, forging an immediate and responsive connection. This unique amalgamation creates an immersive ambiance, inducing a subtle yet palpable sense of “pressure” for the user.

PointAt is not just an intersection of visual and auditory elements; it’s a journey into the unexplored realms of multisensory engagement. As a work-in-progress, we are pushing the conventional boundaries of interactive installations, redefining the very relationship between users and their interactive environments. Stay tuned as we delve deeper into this exploration and the final concept video!!

MediaScape Musings #3 : Rebirth

In this week’s Collaborative Projects: Experiments in Interdisciplinary Installation and Performance course, our team embarked on a remarkable journey to create an impromptu installation performance at Duderstadt. Our creation, known as “Rebirth,” unfolded in a unique and unexpected setting.

Our creation, known as “Rebirth,” unfolded in a unique and unexpected setting. The elongated corridor of Duderstadt became our canvas, providing a space for contemplation and decision. As visitors approached our installation, they were met with a choice, symbolized by two distinct pathways. Our creation, known as “Rebirth,” unfolded in a unique and unexpected setting. The elongated corridor of Duderstadt became our canvas, providing a space for contemplation and decision. On one hand, participants could opt for a fresh start, a metaphorical rebirth. This path offered them a certificate of renewal, accompanied by the collective applause and praise of those around them. It was a moment of catharsis, a symbolic shedding of the old and embracing the new.

The essence of “Rebirth” lies in its whimsical and spontaneous nature. It’s about offering the Duderstadt community a lighthearted and bright interlude, a moment of joy and warmth. Just like the “Free Hug” campaigns that have traversed the globe, “Rebirth” was a reminder that happiness can be found in the most unexpected places and through the simplest choices.

As a team, we hope that “Rebirth” brought a smile to the faces of those who encountered it and encouraged them to consider the transformative power of the choices they make. In our world filled with deadlines, exams, and responsibilities, this installation performance was a brief but essential reminder that we hold the power to start anew at any moment, with just a simple decision.

MediaScape Musings #2 : Kiss The Earth

An ode to nature’s gentle touch,
Where the lips of dawn meet meadows
in a loving clutch,
A warm and caring grace,

The soul returns to its actual, tranquil space.

Today, I had the pleasure of sharing my most recent photography project -“Kiss The Earth!” This project is an exploration of the profound connection between humanity and nature, a visual journey that seeks to rekindle that timeless bond, reminding us to return to our roots.

The inspiration for this project came from a deep yearning to capture the raw and unadulterated essence of nature. It’s all too easy to forget our intrinsic connection to the natural world. “Kiss The Earth” serves as a visual reminder, urging us to reconnect with the Earth’s beauty and power. Through my lens, I aimed to remind viewers to embrace the simplicity and grandeur of nature and rediscover their own beginnings.

# find more of my photography works on Instagram: @dsu.photoart

MediaScape Musings #1 : iBrush

Hello everyone, this is DSU. I’m excited to share my first article here. I’ll be diving into exciting topics like media arts, interdisciplinary performance, audiovisuals, photography, and more. Let’s embark on this creative journey together!!

Today I’m going to share a motion capture piece I just finished, iBrush:

iBrush is a prototypical concept in gestural control, utilizing inertial measurement units to transform a common smartphone into a virtual brush for painting and adjusting background music. This system is accessible to users through seamless integration with standard Wi-Fi networks and can be displayed on common platforms such as projectors or laptops, allowing for intuitive movement-based interactions 

Various approaches have been explored in the domain of interactive digital brush painting. For instance, virtual reality (VR) technology allows users to create artwork within a 3D virtual environment using corresponding handheld devices. However, VR adoption remains limited, with many individuals still unfamiliar with this emerging technology. Recognizing that smartphones are ubiquitous digital mediums carried by nearly everyone, we advocate for a more straightforward approach involving simple connections and motion instructions. By harnessing the capabilities of Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) that operate without location constraints and capitalizing on the convenience of smartphones, we can achieve remarkable levels of flexibility, adaptability, and user-friendliness in our interactive experiences. In essence, iBrush fulfills a pressing industry need by providing a user-friendly and widely accessible solution to the world of interactive digital brush painting.