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Arts Technology Program Partners With Children’s Discovery Museum – News


The College of Fine Arts (ATK) Arts Technology Program hosted an Arts Technology Day on April 23 at Children’s Discovery Museum. ATK undergraduates presented interactive exhibits created as part of their Computer Arts Performance (ATK 260) course to children visiting the museum. Exhibits included light and sound exploration, a projection of celestial bodies, a jungle-themed musical fresco, and an infinite mirror foosball table.

the Audio-ocular echo The exhibit used Max / MSP, a webcam, and a laser-cut acrylic box to allow users to slide colorful panels past a white light. When a new color was picked up by the webcam, a corresponding video and audio component began to play. The creators of this project were Daniel Bennett, Ian Dierks, Austin Hart, Kevin Head, Rachel Herrman and Michael Richards.

the Exploration of the solar system The exhibit used a projector and a Leap Motion to allow users to browse images and information about each planet. Using a circular motion with their pointed finger, users popped one planet off the screen and another took its place. The creators of this project were Tim Bakke, Kyle Downey, Michael Genson, Eric Jordan, Lauren Kapraun, Ion Taflan and School of Music graduate student Mario Silva.

the Jungle boogie The exhibit used Processing and a MakeyMakey to allow users to activate different music tracks by pressing buttons embedded in a mural of a jungle scene. Each music track incorporated the sound and characteristics of its corresponding animal. The creators of this project were Brendan Antonacci, Chase Granat, Rachel Koesser, Emma Lefley, Matthew Limon, Timothy Recio, Nathan Schiavone, Hillary Ulman and Alex Zarek.

the Fuzeball The exhibit was a foosball table that incorporated Arduino-controlled LED strips and laser-cut space-themed players – astronauts versus aliens. The table is surrounded by two large acrylic sheets with a unidirectional film on the inner side of each, causing an “infinite mirror” effect with the LED strips and the LED table football. The creators of this project were Cullen Coursey, Ernie Gardner, Hayden Hanson, Ryan Interrante, Andrew Jacobs and Prince Rana.

The event marked the start of a collaborative effort between the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Arts Technology Program, making interactive technology accessible to children.