LightningFest

Teaming up again with John Hanacek, we filmed serveral lightning storms in early 2016 and upgraded our interactive storm simulator with wind, rain, and lightning gestures. Here is a brief highlight video from two iterations of the project at the DC Web Fest and Georgetown Media Fest

Memory, Digital Archives, and Ephemerality

Diagram of the algorithm's function. The archive altering itself based on user interactions.
Proof of concept of the collision of a haiku and a video clip
Nine passes of a forgetting script, text overlaid for reference

This project invites users to interact with an archive, logging their interactions to control a set of python scripts to create a series of ‘memory effects’ on the files it stores. File contents that are accessed frequently become distorted versions of themselves. Files that are neglected are partially deleted, or blurred, or made more quiet over time. Files that are accessed in proximity to each other are combined so elements of each are saved in the other, such as a poem’s text overlaid on a video or the video’s audio replaced by a reading of the poem. The set of scripts and the interfaces I am designing for the archive constitute my research tools for this thesis project.

Car Barn Labs

An intrepid group of students at Georgetown's Communication Culture and Technology program host an ongoing series of workshops to equip graduate students with technical skills. We've covered gif making, video production, 3D printing, Processing, Twitter Bots and more. Check out the lab site for a look at some of workshops we've hosted.

Blink if You Can Hear Me

This is an experimental short film I directed that addresses the experience of opioid use, filmed from the perspective of the reflection of eye of the protagonist. Blink is unable to be shown pubically as it is on the festival circuit, please contact me for access to the screener. Special thanks to Bentley Brown (sound, acting), Dan Davis (art direction), Emma Thompson (acting), John Hanacek (acting), and Duncan Peacock (acting: the eye).

Car Barn Studio

A media production studio I co-founded with students and alumni of the Communication, Culture, and Technology program from Georgetown University. The studio creates works that tell complex narratives about technology. Emerging technologies have the potiential to exert incredible influence on how we live and how society operates. Traditionally, in sci-fi and other genres, technology is the setting and the foil to telling a human story. The studio attempts to tell complete stories about technology, to spark a dailouge about their potential as well as hazards.

MicroRave

One of my Georgetown colleagues had created a small collection of electronic music makers (drum machine, arpeggiator, sequencer) and joined with another group to make visualizations from VGA signals that responded to the music produced. Impressed with their work and collaboration I hosted a MicroRave event to invite the Georgetown community to create music tracks with these instruments and hack together additional visualizations. The video above is a promotional video I made for the event. I recorded these tracks and we put them up on SoundCloud for others to remix and keep the collaboration going.

Media Fest

Linda Huber, organized the makers in the CCT program to put on our own mixed media festival. It was an excellent opportunity to highlight the great talent in the program. My own addition to the fest used a Leap Motion to control a Max MSP program to trigger different video loops on a large projection screen. The video clips were of a nighttime thunderstorm and the program's interface allowed useres to conjure up their own storm. This project would not be possible without my partner in lightning, John Hanacek. Media Fest site.

Watson Underground

Poster on the door to the space
video tour of the Terms of Use

While looking at the machine learning approaches IBM uses in its Watson platform this installation was created to allow visitors to consider the potential use of intelligent agents in navigating the myriad user agreements we accept without reading. I commendeered an unused room adjacent to the parking garage and posted the terms of use for a handful of popular internet services. Visitors were invited to use highlighters on the text that stood out to them.

Better Governance through Better Interfaces

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the HIV Medicine Association nested within, each have three board meetings throughout the year. The board books that facilitates governance of these professional societies are dense documents hundreds of pages in length and difficult to navigate. I created a javascript script that a non-technical person can use to automatically generate a navigation interface on each of the pages of a pdf. Users can jump between sections, go to the start of the section from anywhere within a given section and users are always able to go to the table of contents. This script is continuing to be used and two NIH working groups have reached out to me to learn more about using the script in their own documents