Group members:
Michelle Hua
Karen Cochrane
Kelvin Hu
Benson Wong


Our goal is to create a piece that brings people closer together socially. It is clear that the world’s population is increasing drastically and with that, cultures become much more dense. This usually means that language barriers will appear and create problems in communication between different cultures. We hope to create a piece that will teach people a global language in a fun way by incorporating the Microsoft Kinect. We are trying to create a communication network by using an original language, processing and the kinect. The piece will include participants who will try and communicate with each other by using the language we provide. This piece will require two participants in different locations with the program open. By using the network program, the individuals will be able to communicate with our gestural language that breaks all cultural barriers. Gestures will be performed by the users in front of the kinect camera and the program will analyze the gestures, determining if it is readable.

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Talk to Me

About the Piece

Growing Tree is an art installation that draw from the interest of communicating with living creatures. The effects humans have on nature are only told to us through scientists who measure nutrient concentration in the soil and gas concentrations in the air. Those of us outside the realm of science must rely on their messages because there is no way for the trees to tell us. Our project plays with the idea of being able to communicate with nature without scientist intervention. The piece is suppose to help situate humans within the ecosystem of living things by getting real-time feedback of a living being that we normal can not communicate with. It uses computer programming and user auditory engagement to make a  tree animation come to life. The piece is a visualization of the old wives tale that says music help plants grow. Continue reading

Unreadable: Midterm Project

For our installation we projected words from RSS feeds onto the corner of the wall in a small room. Within the feeds we chose specific words and modified them, causing frustration to the reader. The piece was created to resemble the experience of someone with dyslexia.* We choose scrolling projected text because we felt that people who have dyslexia are confronted with words all the time, and if they have never heard them before or are unable to read them fast enough, they struggle. We wanted everyone to experience this. This piece is interactive in the sense that the user has to read the feeds and struggle with it, trying to understand what is going on. Our piece does not require the user to touch, push any buttons, or require movement. It is completely dependent on the data being inputted and the predetermined words that will be changed randomly as they appear. The user does not modify the piece, but they experience the struggle someone with dyslexia encounters in their everyday life.  We controlled what words were modified and how much time the reader has to read the feeds.  People with dyslexia have no control over what words they view or how much time they are given to understand what is being read. We also asked one person to read out loud at a time. This caused the reader to feel like they are being put on the spot, and with the added pressure, they tripped up on their words more than usual.

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Portrait of my Mom

For my portrait, I decided to use the data collected from my mother’s iTunes playlist (an XML file) to create a static image using some names and music notes. The bigger the note, the more times my mom has listened to the song. I decided on the colour sceme because I feel that music flows just like the colours. The colours also slowly move between my mom’s favourite colours of purple and blue. Each time the sketch is opened, it is randomized just like my mom likes to listen to her playlist in a random order. Continue reading