Event

This assignment is Due Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the beginning of class. Please be prepared to present your project in a 6-minute spoken presentation, from your blog post, during class.


Premise

Consider the apparatus which Eadweard Muybridge needed to develop (1877) in order to test his hypothesis that there was a moment at which all four of a running horse’s hooves leave the ground:

Assignment

You are asked to capture an event, and re-present it in a media object.

Your subject could be an unpredictable event, or an event caused and orchestrated by you. It could be a natural occurrence, a fight, a breath, a parade, a ritual, a fart, a conversation, a party, a magic trick, a stillness, a micro-expression, or something fleeting and ephemeral. This list is not exclusive or exhaustive.

Regarding your capture process:  Capturing your event will almost certainly require that you research, devise, and/or customize a capture process or apparatus. You may use equipment such as our high speed camera, thermal cameras, 360º cameras, motion capture systems, 3D/RGBD capture systems, and/or robot arm. You can explore backwards time, looping time, slow-motion, time-lapse, multi-perspective capture, or stroboscopy. This list is not exclusive or exhaustive.

Regarding your media object, your project might take the form of one or more of the following (this is not a comprehensive list):

  • A video
  • An animated GIF
  • An immersive experience (e.g. VR, game…)
  • A still image or sequence of still images
  • A 2D image or 3D form representing a trace over time

Deliverables

Please be sure to complete all of the requirements below.

  • Create a blog post on this WordPress site, in which you will document your project.
  • Title your blog post: authorsNickname-event. For example, my blog post would be entitled, golan-event.
  • Categorize your blog post with the WordPress category, Event. This helps make it easy to find your project later.
  • In your blog post, write approximately 300 words (a page) discussing your process and results. Be sure to address the questions below.
    • What event (or situations) did you choose to capture? Discuss: why did you select this subject (what opportunities did it present)?
    • Please include a citation and image of at least one piece of prior work that inspired you, or which you see as related to your project.
    • Discuss the system you developed to capture this event. Describe your workflow or pipeline in detail, including diagrams if necessary. Why did you develop or select this specific process? What were your inspirations in creating this system?
    • Discuss the form of the media object you created to present your findings. (Is it a map? a collection? an immersive VR? an animated GIF?) Why did you select this form?
    • Evaluate your project. What findings does it make clear? That is, what aspects of your event does your process help reveal?
  • Embed an image of your event in the blog post. This might be a screenshot, photo, CGI rendering, etc. Preferably more than one!
  • Include a scan or photo of any relevant notebook sketches you made, if possible.
  • If your media object is interactive and time-based (such as an interactive VR), be sure to create a video to document it. Upload this video to YouTube or Vimeo. (If you would prefer that this video were uploaded to an online account that preserves your anonymity, please speak to the Professor.) Embed this video in your blog post.
  • Create a brief animated GIF of your project, no larger than 800 pixels wide, and ideally under 5MB. Make sure your GIF is set to loop infinitely. Embed this animated GIF at original resolution (a WordPress option) in your blog post. Be sure to preview your blog post to make sure that your GIF plays correctly.
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