For my final projects at ITP, I combined my assignments for Physical Computation and ICM. This made a lot of sense to me, as I genuinely am more enthusiastic about coding if it is part of a physical piece or installation.
I am not sure if my ideas or feelings towards code have changed. Honestly, I think I’ve always had quite a bit of skepticism related to my personal interests surrounding it and how it could be a tool for me, which started before my ITP journey when thinking of going to coding bootcamp. What drew me to ITP was that there was a world just beyond coding and that if I had to use coding, it could be part of more meaningful projects.
This larger project which I am calling “Black Projections,” is an exploration of how time, space, and current design systems alter our reality, memory, and ability to take control of our future. It specifically focuses on the Black Experience and explores these concepts through blackness.
I am very much a long form thinker which means my sketches tend to be less “efficient” and everything is spelled out. This could lend itself to mistakes, but honestly helps my brain out when I’m exhausted. Notation also helps. For my sketch for my final project, I really learned how to push p5.js limits in terms of it’s storage / photo holding capacity and I was pleasantly surprised. It could hold a lot more images than I thought.
The device I built is a portal mapping device that has 14 node points that are connected to sensors that then trigger images and series of text in p5.js.
I had a few issues with my text disobeying the parameters I thought I had set. There are also a few issues with some of the photo alignment. For taking this further, I would like to explore having more of a collage effect. So when an image is triggered, it stays on the screens and fades away even after the sensor is triggered off. Since, right now the sensor is digital and operating on binary the images now display following that where they are either on the screen or off the screen dependent on the digital read of the sensor. In actuality, the sensor values are oscillating between on and off very fast as they try to navigate the magnetic field, so to accomodate this I lowered the framerate of the sketch to one so the images are not speeding through the sketch very fast.
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