8-bit Bin

Posted on May 4, 2012 by Patrick under Contemporary Art Module

The 8 bit bin was designed for location on the The Living Bridge on the UL campus. It was designed to encompass the fun theory, with the idea of gaming as our key concept. An LED panel accompanies the bin that reacts when interacted with. When the bin is used it sets in motion a random pattern of sound and lighting, echoing back to the days of 8bit gaming. We hope to encourage more frequent bin use with the interactive elements of the bin as well as providing an amusing experience.


Posted on April 30, 2012 by Patrick under Professional Issues

This is a short video we made for a class debate on censorship.

Final Project Visual

Posted on April 22, 2012 by Patrick under Final Project

This project will be an immersive art installation that collects data about the users physical presence and their digital identity. This information will then drive a dynamic data visualisation that contrasts and compares the data gathered from each source. The aim is to expose the tension that exists between these normally separate aspects of identity. As well as informing a series of visuals, this information will also be used to generate a dynamic soundscape. In both cases, the data will be translated in an abstract way that allows users to engage with and re-evaluate their relationship with this information.

Final Project Presentation

Posted on April 18, 2012 by Patrick under Final Project

During my presentation for my final project, I talked about my plans to build an installation that addresses the tension between digital and physical identity. I discovered a number of interesting projects that cover similar issues. In particular, a project by two German students called ‘Identitat’ attempts to create a physical snapshot of a digital identity. This translation of something digital and ephemeral into something physical and permanent is of particular interest to me. For my project, I want to address the notion of the disembodied identity that exists online and attempt to reconnect it with the world of the physical. A lot of relevant research exists on this topic. In particular, the idea of ‘embodied interaction’ proposed by Paul Dourish provides a solid foundation for this kind of investigation. Also, Erving Goffman and danah boyd will form central parts of my research.

My presentation slides can be downloaded here.

8bit Bin Visual

Posted on April 16, 2012 by Patrick under Contemporary Art Module

Work on our interactive bin is coming close to the final stages. The bin and LED matrix are painted and are ready to be tested with the final Max patch and Arduino circuit. Above is a photoshop visual of how the final product will look. I’m really looking forward to seeing it all come together.

Jer Thorp – The Weight of Data

Posted on April 15, 2012 by Patrick under Final Project

This is a really interesting talk by Jer Thorp on the merits of data visualisation. Thorp talks about his desire to assess data from a human perspective and creates visualisations that attempt draw out the personal connections and relationships that exist within certain data sets. Of particular importance is that idea that data is tethered to the real world, carrying a ‘weight’ that makes it more than just a collection of numbers. Data is a consequence of lived experience.

8bit Evolution

Posted on April 12, 2012 by Patrick under Contemporary Art Module

Our interactive bin project has developed a lot over the past few weeks. The pixel display has been machined and is nearly ready to be assembled. In the mean time, we have been working on getting the coding finished and testing the basic functionality. Below are a series of videos that document that process.

Re-appropriated Air Wick sensor triggers LED animation:

Vibrating sound driver turns entire bin into a speaker:

The sensor triggers the LED animation as well a series of 8-bit sounds:

The next stage is to assemble the pixel display which will be positioned alongside the bin.