Wednesday, November 11, 2009
If you missed the event and would like to know how it sounded, here is a sample interaction.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
What this (dress rehearsal) means for us is the actual installation. Looking forward to seeing how the piece works in situ, with all the components working together including image analysis for floor location and accelerometer data live. Just in case this doesn't work for some reason (like Accel. sensitivity, for eg.), we have 4 versions of the piece with varying capabilities that we can swap in, including a pre-recorded, non-interactive recording of 9:30 min. that can just be looped. Although if the computer itself fails, we will need something to play that on.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
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and here is the flowchart logic:
Saturday, August 29, 2009
We now have six populated content areas (Fiction, History, Law&Order, Medical, Performing Arts, and Self Help) for each paradigm (Disability Consciousness, Medical/Media). Background sound will be provided in each case by repetitive phrases or sounds – in the case of Disability Consciousness, the voices of demonstrators chanting, in Medical/Media, the sound of medical/hospital equipment. The basic premise for the work is encapsulated in a phrase rendered from text by AT&T’s text to speech on line tool:
Which makes it clear that for some, disability is the problem, while for others, the problem is the way disability is viewed and responded to.
There are lots of terrific resources on line. One great series of articles including history and some basics,
Another about the MDA telethon,
A good article articulating points of view on the Clint Eastwood film “Million Dollar Baby” (which we quote from),
And the organization that has helped organize persons with disability and helped articulate their point of view, ADAPT.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Here's the patch I made for this test using Hans-Christoph Steiner's Pduino object/firmware and Chris McCormick's [s-totalrecall] PD abstraction to record the data.
My other thought for detecting elevator position and movement is to optically read the display inside the cab. A combination of techniques may be necessary. More on that in a future post. - Drew
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Mike positioned the elevator so we could see exactly what was above the canopy and above the elevator cab. As he climbed on top of the elevator cab it looked like a scene from Die Hard. He showed us the hatch doors where we could run power down into the cab. I really hope I never have to be hauled out of a stuck elevator - there are many obstacles - not sure how it could be done.
Unfortunately there was very little room above the canopy inside the elevator so Mike suggested installing the equipment above the cab. The problem with that is we would only be able to access the equipment with his help and we need unlimited access for development and troubleshooting. However, Mike was very helpful in finding a solution within the cab. He showed us a small but adequate space behind a wall panel. Perfect! We will have an accessible and secure location for the installation.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
This lived experience is the basis for “Elevator Music,” which raises the issue of disability in the context of identity. In a setting that not coincidentally provides vertical access to the multi-story building, a mix of sound files determined by the elevator’s position (which floor it is on or headed for) is heard by the passenger. One side of the elevator plays sounds that center around disability consciousness – interviews with and excerpts from writings by persons with disability, sound from demonstrations – and on the other side, one hears writings by those looking at disability from the outside, from the medical model (centered around the notion of cure as the ultimate good) or the pity model (think Jerry Lewis and the MDA telethons).
These sounds fall into categories traditionally adopted by libraries and booksellers such as Fiction, History, Self-Help, Law & Order, etc., recalling the former function of the Cultural Center as Chicago’s main library.
Finally, although music in elevators is not so common anymore, it is nevertheless an interesting phenomenon in public places where it IS quite common such as shopping malls and grocery stores; or while on hold on the telephone. It is typically intended to soothe or entertain, but in either case to remain in the background of one’s conscious perception. Our elevator music cloaks sometimes aggressive and (for some) disturbing statements in a palatable, musical form.
Disclaimer: as almost everyone knows, sometimes what you have in your head is not what actually occurs. Changes in design, organization, expression, methodology, technology may take this piece in a different direction. The only way to know for sure what it will be like is to come see (hear) it!