Mid-Term Collaborative Project

For the Midterm project, we may try to get a site through the Starling Project, which aims to activate the University Avenue corridor that is being hit hard by light rail construction.

I am now in contact with this group and they have two (possible) sites, which I have made a google map of. Check out the street view and see what you think!

I am looking for sites where we can either project from the inside onto a clean bank of windows at street level or project out to a darkly lite abandoned wall or building, preferably light colored. We hope to have the space for the week of Feb. 21 and 23 and to publicize this event. If you have a chance, please go over there this weekend and take a look at the sites. Starling people are saying we might have a few options and there might be an open house next Thursday, tentatively 4-6. I will let you know. -Jenny

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Daniel Dean & Ben Moren


For this project, Ben and I are proposing to collaborate on an installation that will include both video projection, sound amplification and sculpture. Inside of an empty store will be a lone model railroad track with a circling locomotive moving across a finite landscape. Cameras will encircle this scene, capturing miniature but dramatic angles of the train's movements. These live camera feeds will go through Max/MSP and be feed as large scale, randomzed projections onto the storefronts windows. The projections will randomly swap between scenes allowing for dramatic, large-scale entrances and exits of the train across the window/screen of the storefront. With this project, are thinking about the nature of the impact that the construction of the commuter Light Rail is having on this particular thoroughfare and the historical relationship to commercial shipping via railroad. Additionally, we will explore creating part of the "set" to mimic the historical context of commuter rail traffic in the Twin Cities, like the original streetcars the residents enjoyed before they were hustled by the city transportation manager and Standard Oil, perhaps recreating a scene of the "glory days" of rail in the TC.

Equipment Needed:
Computer running Max
4-6 firewire cameras
4-6 usb cords
4-6 magic arms or similar
frosted mylar or sheer fabric

Team: Rachael, Aran, Joe, Andrew & Jane

We spent our class time on Tuesday night brain-storming ideas. We talked about doing a mix of projections that reflected utopian and dystopian urban settings. Viewers could add word and image content using livedraw. We then considered shifting to projections that reflected the historic past along University Ave. and have viewers add word and image content about the changes and possible future livability of this area. For this, we considered doing some short interviews with remaining tenants along the Avenue and historical research. Rachael mentioned that the one business shown on google maps seems to have been a bookstore or frameshop. We thought about projecting a small shelf of books with titles related to the history of the area. A person could point to a book and the shelf would fade out and an open book would fade in. The open book would serve as a template form for a video clip. On a different tack, we talked about using projections to create a game space on the sidewalk or inside a building.

These began to very loosely coalesce into a theme and some format structures. I'll get this blog going with my take on what was formulating as the project. Rachael, Aran, Joe and Andrew add your takes.

Using projections of images from the 1800’s to present we would create different home “tableaus”, ie., a room by a fireplace. A viewer could be pre-recorded and “entered” into the scene as a short loop. Paper dolls and simple cardboard furniture could be added to fill in the scene. Using cartoon balloons conversational exchanges between the viewer and the paper doll characters happen.

Group: Ashley, Nicola, Maddy, Shannon, Sarah

Concepts: We want to work with the ideas of connection, transportation, construction, maps, and the area where the building is located. We also want to use the ideas of exposing technology and the images/ lingo used in computers, iphones, and other technologies. We want to use time-lapse, screen-shots, computer windows, grids, and audience participation. We also might want to have tea lights with lanterns outside of the building.

Place: We have been talking about being inside the space in a 10'x10'x10' cube made out of fabric or using a space around the corner (Alchemy Architecture building).

We want to use 2-4 projectors and magic arms (2 for alchemy, 4 for cube) and maybe some ipod touches

Group: Ashley, Nicola, Maddy, Shannon, Sarah

Concepts: We want to work with the ideas of connection, transportation, construction, maps, and the area where the building is located. We also want to use the ideas of exposing technology and the images/ lingo used in computers, iphones, and other technologies. We want to use time-lapse, screen-shots, computer windows, grids, and audience participation. We also might want to have tea lights with lanterns outside of the building.

Place: We have been talking about being inside the space in a 10'x10'x10' cube made out of fabric or using a space around the corner (Alchemy Architecture building).

We want to use 2-4 projectors and magic arms (2 for alchemy, 4 for cube) and maybe some ipod touches

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