I took part in the openFrameworks Lab at the Ars Electronica Festival 08:
Zachary Lieberman and Theo Watson, originators of openFrameworks, an open source, C++ toolkit for artists and creative technologists, are transforming the 1st floor of the Brucknerhaus into an experimental laboratory: OF lab. The idea is to build a space where a dozen or so hackers, tinkerers and researchers will hang out and experiment, make art, create guerrilla exhibitions around the festival and document their progress and discoveries. The “OF lab” will focus on creating new works that come directly out of suggestions from the festival audience members, and over the course of the event, create a feedback loop between suggestions, experimentation, making projects, exhibiting the results and most importantly, exposing the process.
|Ars Project Page||OF Lab call||OF lab wiki|
Before the festival began, the OF Lab team built the software and installed the hardware used during the festival. I built an automated security camera system with 3 monitor displays and a hardware video switcher.
People visiting the lab proposed projects using up to 5 words and were photographed holding their idea. These pictures were printed and transported to the 2nd floor where the laboratory members processed the idea and created new media project. The idea submitters were then contacted and shown the resulting project in a small public exhibition. Image and video documentation were taken and finished projects displayed in the first floor exhibition.
Pierre and I made 2 projects:
Veski is a better man?!
Project id: 34
Time: 6 hrs
Lines of Code: 945
We don’t know who Veski is so we did a Google search and discovered Anne Veski, an Estonian singer and a weird baby picture from “veski.com”. We then Googled “better man: and arrived at “betterman.com”, a penis enlargement website.
Wo, without further ado, we have the singing sensations …
a good art sniffer
Project id: 73
Time: 6 hrs
Lines of Code: 259
sense = smell
art = good, mediocre, or crap
behold the art sniffer, kind of like a geiger counter but for talent