May 2, 2009
No, people weren’t ticked off – we had a great event full of Processing programming today at MIT, at Processing Time, part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. Update: Screenshot of the winning program from the MIT News Office.
Here are the titles of the pieces presented, and the team names in ALL CAPS, as we saw these pieces presented after an afternoon of coding:
Turquoise Hexagon Processing
COMMON SENSE COMPUTING
Recycled Broken Clocks
THE GOSUB GARAGE
PEANUT BUTTER CODING TIME
Clock Drawing (After Sol LeWitt)
Not Enough Time
Motion Clock, Stillness Clock
It was a great day for participants, audience members, I hope for the many volunteers (thank you!) and definitely for me, the organizer. We programmed clocks or other Processing programs that are displays of time. We saw some amazing stuff that was done during this Saturday afternoon: A display of broken (and stopped) clocks that swelled and diminished to show what the current time is; an extremely elaborate program that sent MIDI signals through a long chain to present an interactive, performing clock; a digital tune transformed into time; a program to catch and release the numbers on an analog clock; a program inspired by the instructions of Sol LeWitt; and much more.
Here are the winners, with the Fame and Wealth prizes picked by the creators of Processing, Casey Reas (appearing via video) and Ben Fry (present in person):
- Fame (display at the MIT Museum for the remainder of the 2009 Cyberarts Festival): Motion Clock, Stillness Clock – by UIMprovers (Eric Rosenbaum & Seth Hunter)
- Wealth ($50 gift certificate to the MIT Press Bookstore): Evolutionary Time – by Zoyble (Chris & Madeleine Ball)
- Audience Award: Motion Clock, Stillness Clock – by UIMprovers (Eric Rosenbaum & Seth Hunter)
- Programmer Prize (voted by participants): Motion Clock, Stillness Clock – by UIMprovers (Eric Rosenbaum & Seth Hunter)
“Motion Clock, Stillness Clock” uses slit scanning to cause one of two clocks to progress: the motion clock, if the image is moving, and the stillness clock, if the image is still.
“Evolutionary Time” gives a view of time on an evolutionary scale, offering the user the ability to browse a tree of organisms.
Congratulations to those who were lauded, but also to everyone who participated, learning more about computation and art while also showing others (including me) the incredible potential of this system.
Thanks to the Festival and George Fifield, to the Center for Advanced Visual Arts and the Program to Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT, and to Leila Kinney and Pardis Parsa and all the others who helped out, including, of course, Ben and Casey, the creators of Processing and the judges of this competition.