Media for Performance
These productions experiment with how to (someday) employ digital technology in transformative and meaningful ways in live performance. They probe different facets of performance and technology, as in the parable of the elephant.
Los Atlantis (2015) Live performance for on-line and in-person audiences, created with J. Ed Araiza, UCLA REMAP, and students of TFT.
REMAP/RITL Workshop for Digital Media, Theatre and Design (2012) The REMAP / RITL Workshop for Digital Media, Theatre and Design in Formello, Italy explored how emerging technologies, materials, and media practices can provide new theatrical languages for designers, directors and other theatre-makers.
Macbeth/Macbett (2011-) - A collaboration in development with Fourthworld Theatre Projects (Austin), PURE Theatre (Charleston), and Three Chairs Theatre (Los Angeles) to produce an original adaptation of these two famous texts. (Under development - see the Puppeted Architecture class for preliminary work.)
Primer/Lem (2009-) - An original puppet and media piece created with Tom Lee, Matt Acheson, Jonathan Snipes, and Jared Stein.
Three Modern Noh Plays (2009) - Media design with Vanessa Holtgrewe for Yukio Mishima's Yuya, Dojoji, and Yorobashi, translated and directed by Conor Hanratty.
Color of Dissonance (2009) - Production consulting for an original opera on Kandinsky, Schoenberg, and Münter created at Southwestern University.
Homer in Cyberspace (2008) - Media design and game engine software for an original musical based on the Odyssey, by Mel Shapiro and Roger Bourland.
The Blogger Project (2006) - Media design and game engine software for a three-part experimental production by Mel Shapiro.
Rhodopi International Theater Laboratory (2005-) - Experiments at the intersection of digital media and international theatrical traditions at this annual summer program by Fourthworld Theatre Projects.
The Iliad Project (2002-2004) - Research to create a dramatic text and media systems that reconfigure for each audience.
Macbett (2001) - Interactive systems design to control mainstage lighting and sound based on performer movement; directed by Adam Shive.
Film / Video
While many of my projects use moving images in other contexts, these use video as their primary media.
Courage & Creativity: The Innovation of Ethics (2010-) - I am producing a set of short multimedia documentaries, supported by the National Science Foundation, on how ethics act as a generative force (and not just a constraint) in innovation. The two initial segments, to be completed in 2012, will focus on personal genomics and the open source movement. Production company: Eyes of the World, Culver City.
Search for Global Song (2010-) - A documentary under development inspired by six years of participation in the Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory, this project follows the rich, globalized life of ancient performance traditions in our modern world. A collaboration with Jared Stein of Fourthworld Theatre Projects.
I've also created and collaborated on a variety of 'media art' works.
Wellspring (2014) - Interactive light sculpture created by UCLA REMAP as the trailhead for the LASHP Trails project.
Beacon (2009) - Internet-connected lanterns created for the UCLA Family Commons, on Second Street in Santa Monica, that reflect the community's feelings about their wellness that day.
in Silico v1.0: Ecce Homology (2003-5) - An interactive visualization of human and rice genes, and the BLAST bioinformatics algorithm, created for the Fowler Museum's Art of Rice exhibit with Ruth West, Eitan Mendelowitz, Cheryl Kerfeld, and others.
Invocation & Interference (2001) - Interactive media environment by Fabian Wagmister exploring two modes of communication colliding as one travels the the Pampas region in Argentina.
Riddles of the Sphinx (2000) - Media installation created with Peter Wollen and Kevin Fisher exploring digital compression alongside analog degradation.
hamletmachine (2000-2002) - Interactive audio installation based on Heiner Mueller's play of the same name.
Beloved Mnemosyne (2000-2002) - Interactive environment created with Anne Deane and Bill McVicar exploring memory in a family whose grandfather has Alzheimers.
Behind the Bars (1999-2000) - Confrontational interactive environment by Fabian Wagmister on physical and intellectual oppression in Latin America.
Time & Time Again... (1997) - Interactive installation by Fabian Wagmister and Lynn Hershman exploring the intersections of technology dependency and cultural identity in the Ruhr regions of Germany.
Future Internet Architecture: Named Data Networking
UCLA is leading a twelve institution research project on Named Data Networking, funded by the National Science Foundation as part of its Future Internet Architecture program. It aims to develop a next generation content-based architecture for the internet that can function with or without TCP/IP. I am the applications team lead for this project, and at UCLA we are exploring instrumented environments, participatory sensing, and media distribution as drivers for this innovative approach to networking.
An open source platform for real-time positional tracking of people, for arts, culture, education, and entertainment collaboration.
REMAP's long-term research effort Remapping LA
seeks to create models of 'cultural civic computing'. It was started by my colleague Fabian Wagmister and together we've developed software and systems for individuals and community groups to explore their identities and histories. (More...
IMLab 2011 - A joint project with California State Parks in which community history and cultural media will be offered in interpretive media prototypes at the Los Angeles State Historic Park during the summer of 2011.
Out the Window (2010-) - Collaboration with LA Freewaves, Public Matters, Echo Park Film Center and TransitTV to put location-based community video content on the Los Angeles Metro bus system. A winner of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning Competition.
Mobile HiFi Tours (2009) - Collaboration with the Southern California Pilipino Workers Center, Public Matters, and CENS to help PWC youth create location-based, mobile media tours of their neighborhood and its histories.
ludiCity (2009) - A situationist-inspired participatory experience of Downtown Los Angeles using text messaging and mapping.
Remapping LA: Hollywould (2008) - A community-driven project to train Hollywood Blvd. residents in the use and design of cutting-edge technology and generate public demonstrations of their work. Part of the LA Freewaves Festival.
Junction ~ Juncture (2007) - Large-scale, digital media mural of the history of Los Angeles, controlled by text message, train movement, river flow. Created with California State Parks, Walt Disney Imagineering R&D, and CENS.
Imageability (2006) - Interactive installation and participatory mapping tool created for the opening of the LA State Historic Park.
Participatory Urban Sensing
Research at the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing to make everyday smartphones act as instruments anyone can use to sense things that they care about. (More...
Personal Environment Impact Report (2007-2009) - A mobile and web tool that gives smartphone users estimates of their environmental exposure and impact based on analysis of their GPS location traces. Featured at Wired NextFext.
Sensing and interactive media in other disciplines, places, and ways.
SPASES (2007-9) - An NSF-funded project led by Noel Enyedy of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies to explore classroom-scale interactive simulation environments for physics learning.
CheLA (2002-) - The Centro Hipermediatico Experimental Latinamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, founded by Fabian Wagmister.
Kolo & Nebesko (2001-2006) - Open-source, Java-based middleware created with Eitan Mendelowitz for interactive artworks.
Given at UCLA's Department of Film, Television of Digital Media and Art Center College of Design's Graduate Industrial Design program.
Puppeted Architecture (Fall 2010 / Winter 2010) - A two-quarter course sequence in collaboration with Professors Dana Cuff and Jason Payne of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, funded by the UCLA Arts Initiative.
MIAS Digital Portfolio (Fall, 2009, Winter 2011) - Experimental course providing methods and tools for digital critical essays and final portfolios in the Moving Image Archive Studies program.
Engaged Media Production (Spring, 2009) - Exploration of civically engaged media production in Downtown Los Angeles with mobile- and web-based tools.
Interface Design (Art Center, 2000-2002) - Theory and practice of tangible interface design.