AZ Labs @ O Espaço do Tempo

AZ Residency 2012


The AZ Labs resi­dency at Espaço do Tempo in Mon­te­mor-o-Novo is sadly over for now. Folks have been wor­king hard to finish things up for the proto exhi­bi­tion of pro­jects we had on Satur­day.

A few pro­jects were shel­ved or aban­do­ned for dif­fe­rent rea­sons. Not sta­ble enough, not enough time, no right mate­ri­als, not enough beer. In the end were left with 9 pro­jects.

AR Cubes — André Sier deve­lo­ped a few expe­ri­ments with cubes glued with prin­ted aug­men­ted rea­lity fidu­cial mar­kers. Dif­fe­rent mar­kers trig­ger dif­fe­rent effects. You can play with them to make dif­fe­rent com­bi­na­ti­ons of objects and lines inte­rac­ting with each other.


Trac­king Head — Tiago Serra, Andrea Ino­cên­cio and Mau­ri­cio Mar­tins wor­ked on a mane­quin head res­cued during a dumps­ter diving ses­sion. They equip­ped a box with IR leds and use a camera with fil­ters to track the move­ment of the box. With these values they send rota­tion infor­ma­tion to a servo motor equi­ped in the base of the mane­quin head. The same values are also sent to a soft­ware that selects a cor­res­pon­ding angle photo which is pro­jec­ted in the mane­quin. This sys­tem makes the fre­aky mane­quin head rotate in the direc­tion of the object.

Tal­king Head — Next to the Trac­king Head we have a spe­a­ker box equip­ped wih an arduino, an ir recei­ver and a wave shi­eld. When the box han­dled by the user aims at the spe­a­ker box it trig­gers ran­dom sam­ples from a sam­ple pool, giving the illu­sion that the head itself is tal­king. Mau­ri­cio, André, Filipe, João and Rita wor­ked on this pro­ject.

Trac­king Boids — The floor of the Trac­king Head space is cove­red with small light spots flying around. These boids, pro­gram­med by André Sier may look like ran­dom disco lights on first glance but when some­one moves into the camera they flock towards the user.


Micro CNC — Tiago Rorke had been wor­king on a Micro CNC pro­ject, pie­ces prin­ted with the Maker­bot. Tereza Car­doso gave him a hand making a pro­ject out of it by taking pho­tos of the atten­ders of the resi­dency, down­gra­ding them to vec­tor for­mat and having the micro cnc sketch them. They are drawn on the walls of the resi­dency itself, along with qr code lin­king to video inter­vi­ews tal­king about each per­sons invol­ve­ment with the dif­fe­rent pro­jects.

Paint Video Sig­nals — Andrea Ino­cên­cio recor­ded some short videos of red blue and black paint being applied to dif­fe­rent mediums (water, paper, table). Filipe Cruz did a lit­tle pro­ces­sing sketch to extract midi values from a grid of pixels in the video and send them to reak­tor. Some gene­ra­tive sound tests were recor­ded and mixed into a video dvd.

Blip Blop Blir Boxes — André Sier and Mau­ri­cio Mar­tins wor­ked on a few small boxes pac­ked with an Arduino, IR sen­sors, LEDs and spe­a­kers. Boxes poin­ting to each other make the LEDs change their color. A third box poin­ted to the pre­vi­ous boxes makes them give out some blips and blops sounds.


O mundo é em cada ins­tante o que ele não pode não ser.” — A pro­ject con­cei­ved by Patri­cia Pro­ença con­sis­ting of a hand drawn ani­ma­tion of a tree growing being pro­jec­ted into a wall. The ani­ma­tion is trig­ge­red when a wate­ring can equi­ped with a cellphone is til­ted into an alien plant object. Tiago Serra gave her a hand with the tech­ni­cal imple­men­ta­tion.

Trail­chi — Gui­lherme Car­taxo and Sónia Mala­quias been wor­king for while on their pro­ject invol­ving long expo­si­ons to tai chi ses­si­ons per­for­med in the dark with a sword and suit equip­ped with 12 LEDs. The cap­tu­red ani­ma­ti­ons makes some beau­ti­ful light trails art. Also helps analyse the motion of the ses­sion.