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Final presentation Fontys Art & Technology minor 2012
Baltan worked with 60 students from the Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven ICT & Lifestyle program on their Art & Technology minor. During this minor they were mentored by Baltan Laboratories and László Kiss, an artist and senior researcher at Kitchen Budapest. Several student groups investigated the impact of the invisible signals, waves and electromagnetic fields that surround us. Other groups created installations dealing with the topic of subtle changes. On June 22, 2012 the students presented their results in the exhibition room at TAC. The following is an overview of the projects.
Group 1 created the installation You’re a Little Star, a dark hallway with surround video-projections. When entering the installation, a projected star appeared. Leaving the hallway, the star was left behind and slowly moved towards the ceiling leaving a visible mark of the visitors’ presence.
Group 3 visualized the idea of having a certain goal in life, and you have to work (run) to achieve it. They set up this principle in a game-like environment; they made visitors literally run between two computer screens in order to make a very important goal more clear. However, when you got closer to the screen the goal turned blurry, and you had to run back to the other screen to make it clear again. An endless loop…
Group 4 used a tent to create a very dark space with a nearly invisible grid on the floor. As a visitor walked around in the tent, they heard different music depending on where they were. The darkness offered anonymity, which invited uninhibited audio experimentation. Without concerns of being seen, visitors freely ‘played’ the grid as an instrument. These music sequences generated visual mappings of the visitors’ ‘compositions’. The resulting collection of mappings presents an interesting record of the visitors’ musical experimentation within the installation.
The LEDbike group transformed an ordinary Dutch bike into an eco transportation device. The group aimed to encourage people to use a bike instead of a car. By attaching LEDstrips to the bicycle, their contribution to the environment is made visible: the lights gradually turn from red to green as you reduce Co2.
Group 8 investigated the concept of evolution through little creatures consisting of words. They focused on the attributes of survival and evolution in the characteristics of distinct letters, their behavioral rules, and the difference between strong (trending topics) and weaker words. As the installation was connected to its own twitter feed, a visitor could easily contribute to and influence the entire evolution happening here.
The eyetracking group did research on reading, and exactly what the eye looks at while doing so. They presented a bookstand with a dummy and reading light, which invited the visitor to have a look at the book and an inspiring text would be projected onto its pages. The eye movements of the visitor influenced the text renderings while reading.
Fontys ICT Art & Technology Minor 2012: Update Group 4
As we mentioned in a previous post, Baltan is currently working with 60 students from Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven ICT & Lifestyle programme on their Art & Technology minor. Between now and the end of June, students will be sharing their process here on the blog as they develop their projects. They are being mentored this year by us and guest mentor László Kiss, a Budapest-based artist and senior researcher at Kitchen Budapest. Below a first report by Group 4.
Visualizing the invisible
Baltan gave us the assignment to make the invisible visible. It’s a very interesting assignment, because we had to come up with a story behind the concept. At first we didn’t know where to begin. We did a lot of research, experimented with technological possibilities and at last we came with a message we would like to tell to our spectators.
We researched the way that artists tell their story to the audience. For example the artwork that’s made by Christien Meindertsma called: “Makers and Spectators”. We recognized that she had a purpose by making this piece. She wanted to know how people are looking at an object and why they are looking at it. She wanted to know if there are differences and/or similarities between the people who are looking at an object.
Besides coming up with a message or story, we experimented a lot. We tried to get information out of the Ki-nect, researched the influence of music on a person, found out what we could do with social media and researched the possibilities of Infrared and UV light.
Baltan and Fontys Hogeschool ICT
Baltan has just started its 4th year of collaboration with Fontys Hogeschool ICT on their Art & Technology minor as a ‘Partner in Education’. The Art & Technology minor focuses on ICT, design and interactive art. Students develop installations, services and or products that challenge the borders of human interaction with technology. Two assignments from Baltan provide a starting point for work of 60 students in this semester and are creatively interpreted. This year we are pleased to have László Kiss, a Budapest-based artist and senior researcher at Kitchen Budapest, as our guest mentor working with us and the students. We’ll be posting updates on our website about the student projects as they develop between now and end of June.
Documentation of previous projects developed with Baltan by the students of the Fontys Art & Technology minor in 2009, 2010 and 2011 can be found on our website.
Final projects – Baltan collaboration with Fontys Art & Technology minor
On June 24, 2011, three groups of students of the Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven ICT & Lifestyle programme Art & Technology minor (with which Baltan Laboratories has been collaborating) presented the results of more than 4 months of work. Each group has been working on an assignment devised by Maurer United to create a performance / installation / film with the theme “’De Stijl’ in three to four dimensions”.
Group 3 created The Infinity Cube, a glass cube filled with water and particles. Columns of light in primary colors are projected on the surface, and beams traveling through the glass are transformed into three dimensional blocks.
FONTYS HOGESCHOOL ART & TECHNOLOGY MINOR 2011: GROUP 7 UPDATE 1
As we mentioned in a previous post, Baltan is currently working with students from Fontys Hogeschool Eindhoven ICT & Lifestyle programme on their Art & Technology minor. Further reports from the students about the development of their projects can be found here. One group has their own blog to be found here: http://fontysbaltan3.blogspot.com/
And below is the second report from Group 7.
REALISATION – GROUP 7
Jesse Bakels, Shirley Schouren, Yvonne Kolen, Co Verhoeven, Nadine Niehaus, Rik van Doorn
As we progressed in our development of the concept we stumbled into a few problems. As a result of that we’ve slightly changed our original concept. The concept started as a big cube-like space where we wanted to project some video’s on. As we progressed we stumbled on these problems.
- What images would we project? Thinking about copyright, theme, etc.
- How was this relevant to “de Stijl”?
- How were we able to give it an extra dimension (as described in the assignment)
- Where do we have the space to set up such an installation?
During a recent a break, all group members took the time to think about a great concept. Yet the same problems kept coming up. So we’ve decided to change things a bit. We were able to do that because of a technique we’ve found on the Internet. Flartoolkit, a language where you are able to create digital 3d objects for live video. That’s called augmented reality.