Hannah Wolfe

 

Dates: 06/26/2018-07/07/2018

Project: Island Caterpillar

Bio:  Hannah Wolfe is a media artist and PhD candidate in Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She earned a B.A. in Visual Arts from Bennington College (2009) and both an M.S. in Media Arts and Technology (2016) and an M.S. in Computer Science (2017) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has been shown at international art exhibitions and published in academic journals.  Her artwork focuses on the relationship between body and technology, giving computers and robots biological qualities. Her research interests include human robot interaction, affective computing, virtual reality, and computational creativity.

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Palm Reading :: Jessica + Sebastian

June 18 – July 1 

PROJECT  //  Palm Reading  //  generating visual art in Unity from the action potential measured from a palm tree on Koh Lon island using the Plant Spiker Box.

BIO  //  Sebastian + Jessica make digital art together at their studio called Into Outof in Atlanta  [[  online presence forthcoming ]]
Sebastian has an MS in Computer Graphics and makes generative art and interactive art in Unity. Check out his work @smokelore
Jessica has an MS in Digital Media, helps direct the Spelman College Innovation Lab, and tries to keep it real. She claims to be a thinker + maker + designer + lover. That means she’s head-first in concept art, fabricating installation stuff like domes and projection surfaces, designing interactions that are meaningful, and loving with her whole heart. Check out Jessica’s work jessicology.com

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We were inspired by @DrBeef on twitter //

https://twitter.com/DrBeef_/status/965796672943964167

We’re inspired by the bio-diversity on the island, and how different tropical plants might express themselves through the patterns in their electrical activity.

To understand how to get the most accurate measurements, we used non-invasive extracellular recording using Backyard Brains’ Plant Spiker Box.

We're using this thread on electronics stackexchange 
to learn about how to measure the electricity from foliage.

https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/85342/
detect-electrical-signals-from-plants
We're also using a paper by Jorg Fromm & Silke Lautner 
"Electrical signals and their physiological significance 
in plants" (2006) 
to learn about plant bioelectricity.

 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-3040.2006.01614.x

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We test the hardware at home. This gives you an idea of what the measurements look like on screen. The output is an audio file.

 

Spiker box prep on site
Waterproofed and ready for monsoon (in a ziploc kind of way). Here, the ground wire is pinned into the trunk and the sensor wire is wrapped around a frond that is lower on the tree. The board is zip-tied to the trunk. We got a good, pretty clean readings from lower, middle, and higher fronds.

We tried recording from the board into a field recorder with an audio cable. That data was way too noisy. We tried recording with the app using my Android phone — not quite readable. Finally, we used the USB to record right into the laptop. This gave the cleanest results.

We wanted to record for days at a time, but the constraints put us at recordings of 3-5 hours at a time.

Because the recording is a wav file, Sebastian parsed the data before we had values that we could use.

Tasneem got a shot of us in the act!

After moving out to the SY Diva Andaman workspace, we were inspired by the movement of the waves in and out, leaving saturated traces, and iterated through a few visual styles.

 

#boatlab @sy_diva_andaman @diva.marine.learning.lab

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These are some of the results, with the plant’s electrical data determining the colors on the first video and color along with more attributes on the second as well as lighting.

18.06.28 color mesh by plants⠀ .⠀ added mesh warping and cloning, lighting and shadows.⠀ .⠀⠀ collaboration with @mommas_momma! the colors in this visualization are determined by a stream of plant action potential data recorded by a Plant Spikerbox. @digital.naturalism.conference @backyardbrains @diva.marine.learning.lab⠀ @sy_diva_andaman⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #dataviz #datavisualization #plant #bioelectricity #DiNaCon #digitalnaturalism #spikerbox #plantspikerbox #madewithunity #unity3d #creativecoding #codeart #computationalart #generative #generativeart #generativedesign #computergraphics #digitalmedia #newmedia #newmediaart #algorithmicart #geometricart #instaart #abstractart #parametric #procedural #livevisuals #realtime #xuxoe #smokeloreportfolio

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This is the final draft (for the moment) —

18.07.09 DiNaCon . had the pleasure of attending the @digital.naturalism.conference in Thailand along with a bunch of brilliant and beautiful people. @mommas_momma and I measured the bioelectricity in a palm plant and used the data to control various parameters of this visualization. the hue, saturation, brightness, radius, and wiggliness of these weird forms is being controlled by that data. the data is played back in real time. . the first visualization is from a lower leaf on the palm, the second is from a higher one, third is a side-by-side comparison. I was excited to see that they each have their own character! I didn't expect two leaves on the same plant to express themselves so differently. 😊 . . . #dataviz #datavisualization #plant #bioelectricity #DiNaCon #digitalnaturalism #spikerbox #plantspikerbox #madewithunity #unity3d #creativecoding #codeart #computationalart #generative #generativeart #generativedesign #computergraphics #digitalmedia #newmedia #newmediaart #algorithmicart #geometricart #instaart #abstractart #parametric #procedural #livevisuals #realtime #xuxoe #smokeloreportfolio

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And the best part is sharing our process, wandering, and inquiry with the creative, intelligent, open-minded fellow DiNasaurs 🙂

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We want to complete the same experiment with a potted palm that lives on our terrace in Midtown Atlanta to compare how a city palm and a jungle palm might differ or resemble one another when their electrical activity is compared using the same parameters.

We want to print these Palm Readings and show them off.

We’d like to use the art prints as a target for an augmented reality component that shows the animating 3 dimensional aspect of the piece. Stay tuned. We’ll be kicking off the urban Palm Reading soon!

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ALTERNATE EQUIPMENT LIST (Peep David Bowen’s project for this hardware set up)

~ Greenlee DM-510A True RMS Professional Plant Digital Multimeter
~ DTECH 10 Feet USB 2.0 to RS232 DB9 Serial Port Adapter Cable with FTDI (10′ wired connection for DMM to PC display — maybe a longer one? wireless?) ~ 4mm Ag/AgCl electrode discs ~ Spectra 360 Electrode Gel

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LET’S TALK!     [email protected]

Marc Huet

Dates : June 18 – July 1

Project : Playable simulation of how plastic waste disrupts ecosystems using the Boids flocking model (cool example here).

Bio : I’m a game developer in Austin. I got Master’s degree in Digital Media and met super cool people at Georgia Tech. I play a lot of video games but as a creator I’m trying to use them as a way to express ideas about myself and the world.

https://marchuetgames.com/

Brian Huang

Dates: June 8 – June 18

Education Engineer / Founding Center Director @HackSchool

My Project:  I have so many ideas!  My project will likely center around data collection and data visualization. As a math / science / engineer, I’m always curious about setting up distributed networks of data sensors. My plan is to create a network of temperature, humidity, pressure, and light sensors to distribute around the jungle and create a data visualization that can become a learning module for my class. I’m also curious about setting up a camera trap to see what kinds of wildlife we can capture. I’ll be bringing our my standard hack-pack of sensors, microcontrollers, etc… If you’re interested in collaborating, let me know!

My Why (About me…): For the past five years, I was the Education Engineer for SparkFun Electronics, an open-source electronics education company. I started my career as an electrical engineer. After 8 years working in the industry, I fell in love with teaching and working with students. I left engineering to pursue a second career as an educator, earned my Masters in Education at CU Boulder, and worked as a high school teacher for 5 years teaching physics, engineering, and mathematics.

My hobbies / interests: I love running, exploring, climbing, baking, gardening, cooking, and just building stuff.

Vanessa Rosa

Dates: June 5 – June 26

Vanessa Rosa is a Brazilian visual artist and art historian. She creates projects that mixtures public art, community activities, technological experiments and historical research, usually having painting as her main medium. Currently she has been developing a research about ethnocomputing/ethnomathematics, studying the algorithms embedded in traditional arts from worldwide cultures. Vanessa has worked as project coordinator for different organizations and is an illustrator and art director for Viajante do Tempo publishing company, being one of the company’s owners. She has done mural paintings, residencies, exhibitions and other projects in different countries across South and North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Rupesh Bhattarai

Dates: June 3rd-June 14th

Project: Rupesh will be working on a children’s’ storybook project. The storybook features true stories of local individuals in Kathmandu working in technology.

Bio: Rupesh is an educator and a writer living in Kathmandu.
A primary school classroom is one of his most favorite places to be in. Rupesh started reading child magazines in kindergarten, developed a love for writing in the second grade, an unquenchable awe and enthusiasm to learn science when he was a fourth grader.
His interests have pushed him to become an educator working to foster modern thinking skills in his students through STEAM education, with “Karkhana”.
He is a part of the “Word Warriors”, a local spoken word poetry community in Kathmandu. He performs in local poetry gigs, and experiments with different aspects of poetry with “Kavindrapur”, a little poetry collaborative that he co-founded.

Erik Zepka

Erik Zepka has a wide field of interests, with having previous experience as a lab biologist, artist, media creator, writer, and hacker. He is open to all of DINACONs  themes, with a slight preference for creating an art project while being here on the island, throwing his background in the mix.  With this, he will attempt to create ‘ science fictional environments’  for the viewer, that will combine critique of bureaucratized science, open research speculation and play, taking advantage of what the immediate environment best affords.

 

Shreyasi Kar

Dates- 29th May to 5th June

Project(s)- Interspecies communication with plants and collaborative mapping of Dinacon.

Hi! I am Shreyasi, an artist from Bangalore, India. I study New Media Design at Media Lab Helsinki, Aalto University and live in Helsinki, Finland.  Some of the projects I am currently working on are – robot petting zoo, ecosystem songs, interspecies communication.

During my my time at DiNaCon, I want to set up a communication network between Tree 0 (in Helsinki ) and Tree 1 (on Koh Lon). Over time, I am hoping that this communication will reveal to us how trees/plants sense and respond to their environment and changes within it.

I would also like to make a collaborative map of DiNaCon. The map is in 2 parts, one which is bound by the geography of Koh Lon based on peoples experiences at DiNaCon and the other, a map of the network and collaborations that arise out of DiNaCon. Ideally this will be online and searchable and will have all kinds of amazing filtering possible but maybe an analog mapping workshop will be a good place to begin from 🙂

Some of my work can be found on http://shreyasi.in/.

Pearl Ryder

Dates: May 27 – June 7

Project: Island edible plant survey and documentation in collaboration with Craig Durkin.

Side hustle: interviewing the cool people at DinaCon and creating podcasts focused on the wonderful weird world of how we find our way in the professional world

Huiying Ng

Dates: 13-20 June 2018

Email: [email protected]

Project:

What I’m doing

Using the geospatial map as a point of departure, I’ll be planning and making a database and map of edible plants on the island that can reflect as many categories of functionality as possible for DINACON participants.

I’ll be doing some walks around the island with people, exploring digital map interfaces but also working with paper-based maps. In my free time I’ll be working on a soil testing kit!

I need your help for the edible plant map! I want to know:

  • What will people do or want to do with local plants?
  • What will people use them for (or be used by plants for?)
  • Are there specific things you are looking out for in the plant varieties on the island? In ways related to your project, or even just for food/medicine?
  • What sort of natural remedies would you be interested in trying? (I am not a trained physician, this is just for fun.)
  • Are you looking for a certain kind of ecological habitat?

 

Some ideas I’m having about functions and categories for this map. Get in touch if you wanna work on something together!

 

e.g. of functions:

– food

– structures based on the material, durability, tensile strength of the plant etc

– structures based on the lifespan of the plant

– shelter for animals

– for soil: nitrogen-fixing properties, long roots aerating soil

 

e.g. of categories:

– ecological function it contributes to island’s flora: structure (for height, tall plants), bush, water catchment area…

– Temporality: plant’s growth rate

– Function for DINACON participants: e.g. food, ecology, structure

– Input needs by humans or animals e.g. reproduction through seed dispersal, reproduction through planting

 

Bio:

Huiying explores links between urban agriculture, new imaginations of urban life and socio-technical transitions, and community resilience. She is completing a thesis on agroecological learning assemblages  in Southeast Asia at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. She is a founding member of the Foodscape Collective, a citizen research collective in Singapore that aims to expand a knowing of foodscapes by reading and walking them differently, and a part of TANAH. She has presented a mixture of individual and collective work on commons and food in the Netherlands, Canada, and the Substation and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore. She shares her work here.