This is artwork done through the use of Arduino or Processing (the program).
"Rain" was my first project for my Interactive Digital Multimedia class.
It was coded entirely in Processing with the art imported from Paint Tool Sai.
"Rain" encourages users who open the application to hold down the mouse over the city, changing the text from "Please Hold On" to "Keep Going, We Love You." The color of the rain also changes from green (acid rain) to blue (pure water).
Thematically, I wanted to emphasize my personal struggle "holding on" for the sake of others whenever I went through particularly bad times. The program reminds us that it requires EFFORT to inspire change; and that’s when you press down on the mouse and let it rain. Of course, NO ONE can hold down on the mouse indefinitely; in fact, some days it’s okay to have a mix of acid and normal rain. Eventually, both kinds of rain can be appreciated.
"Dark Box" was my Final Project for my Interactive Digital Multimedia class at Smith College.
It was made using a Arduino Uno kit and a basic Force Sensitive Resistor with one LED light. This was set up with the theme/idea of nightmares and fear in mind. Some instructions are left in the form of a note attached to the front of the box, and I told people to enter a dark bathroom with those in mind. People inside could only turn on the lights if they had already opened it. If the box was opened in the dark, you can see the monster with a glowing eye. When the lights are on, the monster is gone and the light turns into a nightlight. I wanted to make a piece that not only scared the viewer a bit (they had to enter their own dark room in order to experience the fear), but once the lights were on, both the bathroom and the inside of the box were illuminated and revealed that there wasn't much to fear after all. If participants chose to shake the hand of the monster, his eyes would blink.