David Rokeby, recipient of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, visited Sheridan Interactive Multimedia to share his interactive multimedia thoughts and works with the multimedia pioneering classes. http://homepage.mac.com/davidrokeby His work generally includes taking visual input through video cameras and processing the motion with software and programming to present an artistic result often with brilliant and clever social commentary. He has used body motion to play songs, had computers tell stories based on items placed before it or sounds spoken to it.
A key message here is that interactive multimedia can include more than just a mouse and keyboard input and indeed when it does often results in a more rewarding, realistic experience that can engage the viewer in an everyday setting. Learners were introduced to MAX, a video / sound processing application that lets you patch objects together to manipulate media input and output such as determining where in a video motion is occurring and compositing this onto a background of some related video, etc. From the looks on learners’ faces, this was cool stuff and as such should be an avenue of exploration for our designer / developers in interactive multimedia as we look past the desktop and into the future. David’s work also includes commentaries on surveillance which for many is a cause of concern with technologies such as this but surely our designers can come up with positive learning, artistic, and commercial applications.
Learners prepared McLuhan Tetrads for Multimedia Installations based on the talk and on in-class research and presentations. The Tetrads are available at: http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/tetrads/installations.html. Learners analyzed what the technology enhances, makes obsolete, retrieves and flips into. The lecture / lab experience is part of the Sheridan Multimedia Pioneering course where a new technologies with respect to Interactive Multimedia are examined and working samples are explored. The technologies are: