PIGS debut performance with Curt Miller in San Diego

IDEAS performance: Rocket’s Red Glare
Date: September 3rd, 2015
Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Host: Shahrokh Yadegari, Director, IDEAS

First (beta!) performance introducing the work I’ve been developing for past couple years. As I’ve still got the training wheels on, the event will be part concert performance, part research/software demo.

PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) – is a software/hardware visual instrument and a research framework for some new approaches to improvisational cinematic performance. Rocket’s Red Glare is a concert performance I’ve been developing with clarinetist / sound artist Curt Miller. An experiment in audiovisual improvisation, Rocket’s Red Glare is the first piece to use PIGS.

While PIGS is still in an early state, and I feel like a kid at her first piano recital, hopefully it’ll be the beginning of things to come. And Curt’s music is really great – so hope you can make it!

More info about PIGS and the performance here.

On tap for this week… Panel in LA and Performance in San Diego!

Coupla events this coming week! I’ll be speaking on panel at LA SIGGRAPH this Tuesday, Aug 11. The panel is about the “Enhanced Vision” digital video exhibition, for which I had the honor of being part of the curatorial committee. Then on Saturday the 15th, I’ll be back in San Diego performing as VJ Übergeek at San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. Also on the menu for the SDAI show: Dynasty Handbag and Gary Wilson… Hope to see you there! And there too!

Standup Comedy & Performance Art Miscellany

It’s nice to see the comedy / performance art relationship getting quite a bit of recognition lately. It made me think to add a new page to the site to bring together a few different humor-related character-based threads of my performance art work:  from standup comedy to digital audiovisual performance. The page is called Standup Comedy & Performance Art Miscellany. And now, Heeeere’s….  me.

(BTW – I’m continuing to upload the images I shot at Historical Society of Pennsylvania to the Mary Hallock-Greenewalt Facebook page. Have a peek there to see the latest uploads.)

Mary Hallock-Greenewalt Docs and Photos

Since 2009 I’ve been operating a Facebook page about early 20th century artist/inventor/suffrage activist Mary Hallock-Greenewalt. Born in Beirut, and mainly raised in Philadelphia, Hallock-Greenewalt is mainly known for her work designing and performing color organs — as well as her art of colored light performance, which she called Nourathar.

I recently visited the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, which houses a large collection of Hallock-Greenewalt’s documents and photos. I was able to photograph more than 200 items from the collection — but this only scratches the surface. The items document Hallock-Greenewalt’s work itself, her obsession with defending the primacy of her creations, as well as her dogged determination in transactions such as speccing a custom part from a vendor for her color organ.

I’ve begun posting the images on the Mary Hallock-Greenewalt Facebook page, and will upload the rest in the weeks to come. Stay tuned…

Yes, I’m still working on that machine that re-invents cinema and the world as we know it.

Haven’t posted much as I’ve been hard at work in the mad scientist dungeon for the past several weeks, coding away at PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System.) It’s taken some trial and error time, but we now have a framework in place, and are working on the more interesting aesthetic and research aspects. In other words, now we get to actually get to see most of the pieces in motion, which lets us focus in more detail on the new ways we want to make live/performative cinema. I’ve posted this update on the PIGS page (Yep, PIGS is still the working title):

November 2014:
Much further along now – much different than the videos below, though it can still do that too!
Multi-generated images are now generated by drawing and swiping as well as drumming, there’s a better range of imagery, and the “theme and variations” structure is in development.

Wojciech Kosma (generative graphics) and Curt Miller (generative and improvisational computer music and clarinet-ary) have joined the project. And Doug Rosman has contributed his video editing wizardy.

Hope to post some new video soon!


For those new to PIGS:
PIGS (Percussive Image Gesture System) is a software/hardware visual instrument that allows for emotive, gestural cinematic performance. PIGS works from the premise that new methods of visual expression can be formed when we think of cinema as fluid and performative, and work beyond traditional cinematic constraints of rectangular images and linear playback. PIGS uses percussion and music as part of its approach to cinematic performance, rather than attempting to directly sound to image. The system allows a performer to combine scribble-like swipes and striking gestures in a “theme and variation” framework to perform a multilayered cinematic composition that drifts between, the literal, the metaphorical and abstract.

Girls Day Out

Spoke on a panel at UCSD Women in Computing’s “Girl’s Day Out”
for high school women interested in careers in computing. Lots of fun meeting everyone and finding out the other panelists paths to becoming Women in Computing – almost all a bit complicated! And… Women in Computing gave me this t-shirt!

Girl's Day Out T-shirt