Straight Lines

Straight Lines is a photography project that aims to simplify the structures and the shadows of the structures at New York University Abu Dhabi into simple straight lines. Sometimes playing with the relationship between lights and shadows, sometimes playing with the structural elements themselves, this project takes its audience to a unique and near fantastical journey to the campus of New York University Abu Dhabi. Part of the project is abstract and even unrealistic, which leads its audience to think and imagine, while the other part of the project brings a whole new perspective to some common and almost trivial structures, inviting its audience to appreciate them.

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Dark and Light

Dark and Light is a sculpture that consists of two booths. Each booth has a door with a black curtain. The booth whose door is facing the entrance of the building has three buttons, which are colored red, green and blue, on the upper part of the wall and a speaker on the lower part of the wall and it also has a circular opening on top, which is lit by strong spotlight. The other booth, whose door is facing the wall, the opposite direction as the one mentioned earlier, has a LED on the upper part of the wall and it does not have an opening so as to be dark.

The viewers can truly interact with the sculpture by entering the booths. When a button is pressed, a short piece of music is played and the color of the led changes to the corresponding color.

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Interactive Media Arts Capstone Proposal

Robot Artist: A robot that draws

My project is to build a robot artist that draws with a human drawing instrument on a flat surface it sits on. The chassis of the robot will be circular shape and it will be made with either a laser cutter or a 3D printer. The robot will have four omni wheels so as to be able to move to all directions, which is perfect for drawing. However, my experience tells me it is very hard to make the movement accurate with four omni wheels, which is an issue I need to do more research on. There will be a drawing instrument holder at the center of the robot, the height of which will be controlled by a motor so that the drawing instrument can be lift up and put down. The robot will also have at least four ultrasonic sensors to detect the distances from each side to the wall. Ideally, the robot will be put inside of rectangular space with a wall on each side so that the robot can navigate itself based on its distance to each side. If the robot is put to an open space, or non-rectangular space, it may estimate its position with the turnings of each wheel, which might not be very accurate. Continue reading “Interactive Media Arts Capstone Proposal”