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Play With Fire at DIS2012

The ARTiVIS experience Play With Fire was presented last Wednesday, June 13 at the 2012 Designing Interactive Systems conference (DIS2012) demo session that took place at the beautiful Great North Museum:Hancock in Newcastle in the UK.

The Play with Fire team attending the conference (Mónica, Pedro and Valentina) met right after lunch to know the assigned place for the demo and start assembling everything. We started by scouting the museum surroundings to find a suitable forest to "burn" and a place to set up the IP camera. The DIS staff was very helpful in assisting with the installation setup and and about an hour before the demo session we tested everything and were ready to go.

Then came everyone else. As soon as the demo session started our IP camera stopped responding and we couldn't demo the interactive part of the installation. So we showed our demo video and the dynamic web collage of forest fire news that contextualizes the interactive experience.

Everyone that came by our booth was very interested in the installation and we got some very good feedback from everyone *Thanks*

Near the end the network got a bit less crowded and we could stream the outside forest and burn it interactively. Although the ambient light made the kinect a bit glitchy, we could finally show a glimpse of the Play with Fire experience.

Many thanks to everyone that attended. We hope to see you all again soon :)

Here is the link to the DIS 2012 conference album and – with special thanks to my friend Mário António – the link to the local culture overview album. Enjoy!


Play with Fire final days at Algoritmos Criativos

The last days at the exhibition were completely filled with intensive work doing participants observation, tests and records. Here is a selection of photos focused on the Play with Fire interactive installation implementation and user interaction observation on this flickr set »

The Colab also reports some of the exhibition installations by UT Austin|Portugal Program Digital Media PhD students, including Play with Fire. Check pages 4-5 of the February newsletter to find Play with Fire, Onomaphonic and Prefall135 »

Additionally, I had my Digital Media students of the Multimedia Art degree on February 23 and the Multimedia Project II students of the Art and Heritage Sciences degree on February 25 visiting the exhibition as part of the references presented from the insider's perspective by Pedro Ângelo, for later discussion in class. Take a look at the references list of the works presented in the exhibition posted in the classes blog »
And here it is the overall view of the Algoritmos Criativos exhibition photos set from the study visits »

*Thanks* to everyone that collaborated by answering the tests form, in presence at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, or later online! In case you have been at the exhibition and still want to contribute to the ongoing research, here is the tests form link »
(this anonymous test will only take 5-10 min., and the feedback is precious for the current research and further iterations of the Play with Fire interactive installation :)

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ARTiVIS Artist in Residency with SINAIS project at MITI/UMA

The ARTiVIS project is participating in an Artist in Residency program at the University of Madeira in close collaboration with the SINAIS eco feedback project team.

We will share ongoing developments in our research work that could be of interest to the SINAIS project, namely the design of a networked open hardware forest surveillance kit, and Play With Fire, a public interactive installation that engages participants with live video of forests and generative real-time graphics overlays.

The proposed goals of this Artist in Residency program are:

  • Scout Laurissilva sites, and test the potential for setting up an ARTiVIS surveillance kit on site for storing data and providing a live feed of the landscape to be used in further developments.

  • Bridge Play with Fire with SINAIS by setting up a version of the installation at a public venue in Madeira . This setup would allow us to design and carry out user experience evaluation with the support of the SINAIS team

  • Collaborate with the SINAIS team in order to share insights and data from our work and receive valuable feedback from them. This would lead to brainstorming the concept and design of a public installation for SINAIS eco feedback.

  • Generate publications, submissions for art venues and disseminations of results. We propose that these tasks be completed over a period of six months comprising two residency periods at Madeira and a research and development period in the mainland.

Here is the video that documents part 1 of the Artist in Residency program »

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The first residency period occurred in the week from 23 to 29 of January and involved:

  • Contacting local Laurissilva forest spots, scouting places to install test equipment.

  • Setting up a version of the Play With Fire installation for testing at the Tecnopolo.

  • Meeting with SINAIS group to present ARTiVIS and Play With Fire.

  • Evaluating the installation design in collaboration with HCI experts from SINAIS.

  • Brainstorming with the SINAIS team about their eco-feedback public installation.

  • Working on location testing the Laurissilva forest setup and Play With Fire installation, preparing for the upcoming exhibition at Pavilhão do Conhecimento.

  • Documenting and planning development objectives for the July residency period.

We had a great time in Madeira with the SINAIS team and we are already working on improving Play With Fire and testing the components for the DIY forest surveillance kit for the second residency period around July.

Meanwhile, here are some photos and the link for the residency full flickr set »


Play with Fire at AZ Labs showcase in Guimarães 2012

We were presenting the Play with Fire demo at the AZ Labs showcase in Guimarães – this time "burning" the holy "Penha" surrounding forest.

Here is the AZ Labs showcase video of the event on December 17, 2012 »
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The next day we did the first set of Play with Fire tests, and we will soon bring some photos of the whole experience :)


Abraçaum@rvore/Hug@ree » Pop Up no palácio de Santa Catarina | Testes e vídeos 1 de Dezembro

[NOTE: this post is intentionally in Portuguese because the exhibition is in Lisbon, and the followers able to be there speak Portuguese. For the automatic translation – with all the virtues & limitations we know – click here and have some extra fun ;)]

Já alguma vez...? E que tal experimentar abraçar uma árvore na instalação interactiva Hug@ree?

Aqui fica o convite para visitarem a exposição e participarem nos testes e nos vídeos neste feriado 1 de Dezembro: simplesmente Pop Up no palácio de Santa Catarina onde vamos estar em animada sessão Abraçaum@rvore / Hug@ree* » a entrada é livre e lá vos esperamos entre as 15 e as 20h!

*Hug@ree é uma instalação interactiva de cumplicidade entre os seres urbanos e a floresta. Os participantes abraçam uma árvore real, accionando o seu registo no mundo virtual para posterior interacção.
Uma experiência RTiVISS por Mónica Mendes, Pedro Ângelo e Nuno Correia

APOIOS: AZ Labs, FBAUL, Media Ground, Subvertice

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