Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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Daniel Christopher: Journey Through Light

While participants can experience aspects of the work individually, only through collaboration with others can hidden media elements.

Description:
Journey Though Light is an interactive, social art experience. Participants with glowing orbs move about a landscape of dispersed sculptures, activating embedded sound and light elements. Initially, orbs pulse with red light - the longest visible wavelength humans can perceive. By seeking out others with orbs and visiting sculpture sites collectively, orbs progress through colors of the light spectrum, increasing in frequency until fully activated (signified by a violet state). Violet- colored orbs unlock elements of a media experience at a central installation. While participants can experience aspects of the work individually, only through collaboration with others can hidden media elements (projections, light, sound) be unlocked. The project was exhibited during the 2012 DANM MFA show, I’ve Got Something On Your Mind, and was recently shown at the Zero1 Biennial in San Jose.

The work was developed in collaboration with Ace Levenberg (CS ’13), Aidan Seine (CS ’13), and Levi Goldman (DANM ’11). Concurrently, Daniel, Ace, and Aidan developed the hardware and software in a group independent study with Peter Elsea of the Electronic Music Studios at University of California, Santa Cruz. Materials research and fabrication was conducted in the Rapid Prototyping Lab at the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC). Thesis committee members advising the project: Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison and Beth Stephens, with additional support from DANM MFA show curator Soraya Murray. Project was funded by the Florence French Fund for Art and commissioned by the Zero1 for the Emerging Artist Network’s Street Fair. 

Watch MFA thesis video here: https://vimeo.com/50773968