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Critical Path

I worked with an "indie" hollywood studio in collaboration with Jody Zellen in designing and building a web-based UI to present their interview videos of the top industry game designers on HTML5 canvas and video elements. I used ProcessingJS. The interface featured a line-network of tags shared between the videos. Each video was a sprite that had its own transformation matrix. Triangle collision was also employed in order to do mouse picking with non-rectangular 2D polygons. The javascript code was extremely object oriented, using static "class members" in addition to instance scoped members. The company, Artifact Studios, ran way over their revision allowance, and continued to expect work out of me long after the contract's duration had ended. And that was the last time I worked in Hollywood.

textflasher

Marc Nimoy Extraordinaire was redoing the website for the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance (CIP) and he had embedded a small animated gif that had a marquee of text announces and fun blur transitioning. I offered to redo it in Flash 8, and give him a lot of customization features on the html side so the thing could be dynamically driven and lower bandwidth. After pulling a happy all-nighter at Beit T'Shuvah, TextFlasher was born. Thank goodness for cool flash filters. Although I know and love as3, I chose flash 8 because at the time I write this, that's installed by 98.9% of internet users. If you look in the example files, you'll see a large associative array of values and heavy commenting.

Google Chrome Experiments

Commissioned work that deals with the browser as a medium in promotion of Google Chrome browser. I chose to port Balldroppings to processing.js and I made PopupPong -- pong that uses the brower windows as interactive game elements. BallDroppings was able to happen because of the native Canvas tag included in Chrome, and because the js engine runs so fast. PopupPong actually proved to be a bit difficult because of a bug in the window resizing and placement functions.

Sparkle Labs Web Development

I developed two versions of this company website for my friends from ITP. They would email me still mockups showing me their designs and I would distill that into a real site. The first site in 2006 was a lot of flash, php, and xml. The second site in 2009 is more php and html layouts. Because the original web host did not have mysql, I built a custom CMS which rewrites an xml file to disk and constructs its interface based on the xml structures it finds. It turned out to be great for designing custom data structures.

Mekanism: Need for Speed Undercover flash

I worked at Mekanism in San Francisco for a couple months mostly programming in Actionscript3 Papervision for a few things. The front page of "Need for Speed Undercover" is a papervision panorama with interactive elements. I'm impressed with papervision but it still has all the eccentricities of flash-based anything. It was easy to get into from having been so into OpenGL all this time. There were plenty of example apps to show the art director.

Map for the Sefton Park Walk

A map of Liverpool's Sefton Park for the Sefton Walk Park project, the sound player will follow the trail and even catch its place when the user jumps around in the playback controller. I'm also particularly proud of the black and white version of the map. The map had to be drawn from several references since neither Google, nor conceptual maps have needed to show such a detailed level of trails in the area.

www.hci-fun.org.uk

I redid the website for the human computer interaction organisation in Liverpool England that was commissioning me to do a couple pieces at FACT. I used an open source flavour of flash - mtasc and swfmill with a lot of xml and a makefile. The source was made available on the site. We used the blog engine, b2evolution, to manage the content, and the flash file just pulled the content from the mysql database and presented it this multi-windowed way. Now that I look back on it, Drupal would probably have been more appropriate. The user interface was a bunch of UIComponent windows that popped up inside the browser. Small green indicators and trails were used to point out where the user had clicked and dragged the mouse in an artistic overlay. I subclassed the window component to add a resize control at the bottom right corner.

Benetton / Fabrica : ThreatMeter

I was involved in the early stages of a collaborative web prank for art's sake, created at the Interactive Media Department of Fabrica / Benetton during after-hours. This site shows an embarrassingly ignorant company selling fake products to help American citizens participate in the nation's new color-coded threat alert system. The T-Shirts, however, are actually for sale.

Jonathan Harris, Joel Gethin Lewis, Josh Nimoy, possibly others

What is Victoria's Secret?

A contagious media experiment was done between four brainstorming artistic individuals in New York City. The goal was two fold: to create an artistic expression about female identity, and to create a meme that would spread throughout the virtual and physical landscapes - pre-calculated to be something people would want to send their friends. The site www.victoriassecret.com was reproduced verbatim using custom photography of female models (ourselves) wearing Victoria's Secret lingerie, vomiting all over the place. The hit statistics were off the charts. If you google "Victoria's Secret," our site comes up as #2. The results? Several interviews in different countries, one U.S. broadcast television spot, one INCREDIBLY overloaded webserver, one angry corporate lawyer, and one wonderful synergy between four artists at ITP just doing what ITPers do best: playing.

Alicia L Cervini Katherine Copeland (primary contact) Josh Nimoy Ann Poochareon

a photo taken at the ITP Spring 2003 Show, beside a   television displaying the news broadcast and a kiosk showing the website. From left to right: Ann, Kat, Josh.

a photo taken at the ITP Spring 2003 Show, beside a television displaying the news broadcast and a kiosk showing the website. From left to right: Ann, Kat, Josh.

The photoshoot took place on Feb 27 at the Algonquin Hotel   at 59 West 44th Street, a block from Time Square. Below, Ann gets comfortable in her robe while Alicia enjoys a theoretical discussion on   contagious media.

The photoshoot took place on Feb 27 at the Algonquin Hotel at 59 West 44th Street, a block from Time Square. Below, Ann gets comfortable in her robe while Alicia enjoys a theoretical discussion on contagious media.

Josh tests the posing chair in the corner of the room.   Measuring tape is wrapped around his neck.

Josh tests the posing chair in the corner of the room. Measuring tape is wrapped around his neck.

Kat practices her pose in front of the camera in the wash   room. Tapioca pudding smeared artfully on her face, chest, and hands. Notice the shutter trigger bulb under her foot.

Kat practices her pose in front of the camera in the wash room. Tapioca pudding smeared artfully on her face, chest, and hands. Notice the shutter trigger bulb under her foot.

large prints are being installed at an art exhibit   in Rotterdam.

large prints are being installed at an art exhibit in Rotterdam.

Interview by Laurent Jadot of CyberCafe.TV

* What group of artist are you? How many are you?

We are four artists who came together to create this project while attending graduate school in New York City. This project grew from our desire to create something that was both about female identity and female objectification as well as the goal to create that idea into something that would be contagious, something that would spread to a great number of people around the world. The group and the project drew its strength from each of our individual interests and talents combined together in order to make whatisvictoriassecret.com. While we have not yet worked on a second project together we all continue to work as artists individually as well as in other collaborations....however the idea of the next project as a group is always brewing.

* Where can we find more information about your group? Website?

Information on the website and on us as a group can be found through some searching on the Internet. There was a piece featured on the television show Celebrity Justice that dealt with the legal issues that we faced with Victoria's Secret the company. We are happy to provide any information requested.

* Is your group composed only by women?

We are three women and one man.

* Do you have other artistic projects online?

We have various projects that can be accessed online individually but at this time there is not another project online that we have worked on as a group.

* What where youre motivations in the creation of this website whatisvictoriassecret.com?

We wanted to create a piece of social commentary about the way women are represented in the media as well as the effects such representations have on women in general who are constantly subjected to images of the "ideal type". We would like to answer our own criticism with a follow up project that shows possible alternatives to the one view, one woman representation that seems common in our society. We have received a variety of responses from ander, outrage, appreciation, disgust and enthusiasm. It seems to spark powerful reactions in those that have been responding so in this sense we feel our message and the desire to spread it to vast group of people was achieved.

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