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There's something moving in the dark



These are videos of various experiments, and are rough, incomplete, and/or generally clunky. If you are looking for the good stuff, or a video that was previously on this page, please look under installations or performances.

Most of these videos are in Hi-Def; if playback is slow/jerky, click the "HD" button on the lower right in the video so it is grey to turn it off.


Waving your hand near the large moving sun reveals intricate moving structures on and above the solar surface. The base image is of the sun at 80,000 degrees, and when you hold your hand near the sun, the 1,000,000 degree image is revealed, both images moving in sync. (The screen is interactive from both sides, hence the reversed legends.)

The imagery is from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which updates with a new still image every 15 minutes in a variety of wavelengths. The installation displays a moving animation of the data from the previous five days, up to the last 15 minute image.

This early version is using the 1K (1024x1024) SDO data, the updated version uses the 2K and 4K datasets for greater visual clarity, and offers selection of wavelengths to view.

Music: Sunsets (excerpt) by Sang Froid

Gestural painting with fluid light. Quick interaction test of flux's Navier Stokes fluid dynamics plugin for vvvv. A Kinect point cloud of the area in front of the screen is deeply sub-sampled and used as input into the NS fluid motion shader.

Music: Chaos Pleasures by Mysteries of Science

The Heliotrope hits the road (and some walls).

A test run of the snowflake mode of the custom program developed for the Naughty Snowball 3 (see under installations).

My friend Joao Leao (aka The Gray Man) was visiting so I threw something together for him to play with. Music is "Fade to Grey" by Flow.Experience (excerpt). Video shot by Joe Speaks.


Video of a Virtual Reality experiment, which is using a Kinect to do head-tracking for the real-time graphics. The camera taking the video is held up to my eye as I move around in front of the rear-projection screen. The software uses the Kinect to track the position of my head relative to the screen, and generates the graphics as the objects would look from that perspective - so it appears like I am moving around real objects. The statue appears to be six feet tall and standing in front of me.

For clarity this video is shot in 2D, but the piece works in 3D using Dolby 3D glasses with dual projectors. The screen completely disappears and the items appear in space in front of the user, who can even look under and down into the bowl on the outstretched hand.