New (starter) universes: stages and characters

Creating new worlds is always challenging. It tells a story, functions as a plot device, allows or restricts movement and evokes feelings on the user. And the characters that live in that world have to make sense as well, as goombas and koopas have no place on the roads of Gran Turismo. And that’s before…

Look ma! I’m on the internet!!!

From sepia monochromatic old pictures (that required everyone to stay still for minutes, making everyone too serious on each photograph) to the present (although some say we already live in the future sans flying cars), the technology has advanced more than “quite a bit”. We are able to build extremely complex artificial “intelligence” networks that…

Are we humans or are we coders? (humans, we’re humans)

Following my blog post from last week, I have been thinking a lot of Open Source, community building and how to maintain a nurturing environment. I realized I am not alone in my lack of participation and that many other developers, artists and overall coders feel like they would love to contribute,… but they don’t….

Jumping Sampler

For this sampling assignment, I decided I wanted to create something playful and relaxing. I drew inspiration from some indie games and decided to create a simple platformer where a small character would jump on different blocks to trigger some samples, while listening to a background base loop.

Setting-up the lab and our brains

We will start working with the Motion Capture equipment on the Black Box Theater, but first we need to learn how to use and get ideas on what we want to do.

full-body virtual selfie

Our physical bodies have clear limitations on how they can inhabit virtual spaces. That’s why for most games, social scenes or general applications we create and use avatars of ourselves. According to the platform they can be an accurate representation of our physical selves or a transformation that represents a more psychological aspect. Or it…

The cat-flap of open source

I have been coding for a long time. My interest began as a child, I’ve been using computers since I was 3 years old and my mom is a software engineer. Later, I got into civil engineering and coded my way to graduation and now I’m doing artistic stuff that uses code in one way…

Layers of story and sound

The piece of music I chose for this class is Digital Love by Daft Punk. This is easily one of my favorite songs and I find myself coming back to it constantly, not only because of the feelings it evokes, but also because of its complexity and structure. This song has many instruments and layers…

recipes for morning anxieties

For my final project, I combined my exploration of storytelling in media with my search for dealing with my anxieties and existential questions. I did so by looking for questions within movie scripts or books and the answers they have for these in the same media. By applying the answers as ingredients in a template…

Rhythmic skin

Rhythmic skin is a wearable device for one-person musical performances. Aiming to solve the issue of auditive overload and relieve pressure from the performer, this device sends haptic messages to the back of the user, transmitting only key information about the computerized part of the performance. Moreover, the rhythmic driver can be added-on any existing…