Brian Crabtree (who performs under the name tehn) and his partner Kelli Cain are collectively known as monome. They design what they call adaptable, minimalist interfaces. The musical instrument industry calls them alternate controllers. There are currently three models that interface with a computer. There is no hard-wired functionality; interaction between the keys and lights is determined by the application (such as Max/MSP) running on the computer. Basically the monome units can do whatever you program them to do and serve as alternate controllers for not just music but games, lights, video etc. Monome is fantastically successful. I found their story inspiring and exciting -- they represent a new breed of creative entrepreneurs who are environmentally and socially conscious.
North Pitney: Making the virtual space real.
Performance and Installation Using the Lady's Glove to build relationships.
Controlling a Media Facade: The Bix Simulator and VJ software ES-X. Watch John's video.
Installation and Performance Fabricating the interfaced machine. Watch Barney's video.
Barney has been working in the fields of reactive installation and invasive media for 10 years.
I've been thinking about the Xu Bing exhibition on and off--more specifically, I've been thinking not about the large installation, or even the calligraphy lesson, but rather the large ink paintings whose "brushstrokes", on closer inspection, turn out to be calligraphic narratives or comments on the image itself.
I spent a pleasant afternoon at the museum, checking out a new installation by the Chinese artist Xu Bing.