studio interactive media, 2014
This course will investigate the fundamentals of constructing interactive experiences through varying levels of perception relative to space, time and interaction. Students will be introduced to open source hardware and software, relative to networked data acquisition, sensorial engagement, and generative dissemination. Students will learn to work with digital/analog sensors and micrcontrollers, coupled with open-°©‐source programming to construct interactive environments, installations, and devices. This course will focus on the construction of interactive engagements bridging the physical and virtual in consideration of human experience and behavior. The course will draw upon locative media, networked communications and spatial data authoring.
This course will provide students with a hands‐on approach to interfacing the tangible with the virtual, building interactive experiences through practice and research. Students will develop the technical skills in electronics and networked communication to engage in and contribute to current issues surrounding interactive art and design practices and principles. This course will equip students with a tangible understanding and experience working directly with developing technologies, through which they are able to engage in creative experimentation and apply various research methodologies.
“Wish” is an interactive installation, which looks at the rudiments of audio-visual devices. It is shaped around a zoetrope and a paper gramophone, which provide (and separate) the visual information and the soundtrack of a simple time based media narration. “Wish” is also a reflection on some local aspect of entertainment: big cars, music, tea. A cup of karak is actually the trigger for an animation of a Land Cruiser making a stunt following the rhythm of a Khaleej song.
The Doha Rider
The Doha Rider is a basic automaton, inspired by the little robots used as jockeys during the camels’ races in Doha. Main feature of this local artificial jockey is a sort of stick mounted in the place of its arm and capable to spin and whip the animal when the camel’s owner activate remotely a radio command. The Doha Rider, in spite of riding a camel, will ride a scooter interacting with the lively and folkloristic Qatar’s streets activity.
The Robot will react to two different inputs: one is the car flashing, a beloved and very passionate local hobby, and the other is the super-cars’ rev up, evident symbol of local masculinity. In both cases The Doha Rider will react whipping the scooter, and the driver, as an instinctive sense of competition. The funny robot and its ridiculous reaction symbolize the projection of the equal odd and sometimes ridiculous local behaviors.
Disney (and by association Snow White), may have their fair share of poisoned apples, but at heart, the knowledge that one may not be as beautiful as one desires, or believes, is the conspicuous motif despair solicits in the competition for the eye. Vanity is counted as one of the seven deadly sins. But in the context of the Muslim world, the visage is something to protect and discourage viewing of. While it is the golden apple that caused discord amongst the gods of the Ancient Greeks and leads history inexorably to the siege of Troy, the downfall of Paris, and ultimately to the founding of Rome, it is the pride in one's attractiveness that the Fairest of the Fair attempts to play with in this simple interaction.