The Viz Lab is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.
Recently the Viz Lab along with the UMD Art and Design department set up a green screen room for faculity and art/design students.
Remote sonar drawing device is a project conceived by David Bowen an Assistant Professor in the Art and Design Department. This interactive robotic installation is a collaboration between the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab and Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Universidad Laboral Gijón-Asturias, Spain. The project is included in Nowhere/Now/Here, an exhibition opening October 9th 2008 and running until April 20th 2009 at Laboral Centro. Nowhere/Now/Here, is an exhibition curated by the creative partnership of Roberto Feo and Rosario Hurtado (El Último Grito) and features works that Investigate new lines of enquiry in contemporary design.
This is a multinational tele-presence robotic installation. The piece consists of the drawing arm and sonar sensor array installed at the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab in Duluth and a drawing arm and sonar sensor array installed at Laboral Centro in Gijón-Asturias. Each drawing arm produces gestures based on a participant’s interaction with the sensor arrays. The information gathered by the sensors is sent via the internet to the drawing arm in the opposite location. Therefore, the arm in Spain produces drawings based on the inputs it receives from the sensor array in Minnesota and vise-versa. The public is encouraged to participate at both locations. By moving near to the sensor array you can make gestural drawings halfway around the world.
This project was made possible with the support of:
The University of Minnesota, Grant in Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship
Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Universidad Laboral
Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab, University of Minnesota
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art