The gBikes crew added a new feature to the Black Ghost the other night. We had bought a strand of addressable LEDs a while back. These easily ALEDs are easily controlled from our Rasperry Pi mini Linux computer. One of the cool things you can do with them is light painting where by using long exposure photography you can reveal an image that is displayed one column of pixels at a time. We used these instructions on light painting with the raspberry pi and got some pretty awesome results. We’re looking at making this into a interactive type setup via a simple wifi drawing app. See below for a video of the photo session as it happened. Special thanks to Kiki Falconer for the opening animation and you also might recognize the music by Ben Abraham from our very first bike car video. Bryant Deroy photo, Mike Rogers video.
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Early this January, core crews from the creative teams behind The Mondo Spider and Titanoboa set out over the treacherous, snowy southern California mountains to deploy at the worlds largest consumer electronics show, CES, in Las Vegas. The two machines were brought down to spread our message of rethinking energy through art in place where tech is king.
The machines were stationed at by the Lenovo booth, and even amidst the latest, biggest transparent televisions and blaring tech gadgetry, Spider and the Snake still captured peoples imaginations. The crowds and media were stunned and thrilled to see what could be done with the creative application of engineering and what you could run off modern battery technology. Over the 3 day deployment we had coverage from Popular Mechanics, BBC World, c|net and made the IGN top 10.
The folks at IGN were so excited by the machines that they did a separate interview with Mondo Spider co-creator Jonathan Tippett about his next project, Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot, which he is building in the eatART Laboratory.
And as if the media adulation and crowd wowing were not enough, the week was topped of with a moment that could only take place in Vegas: The King himself, Elvis, came back from the grave just to ride the Spider!
As final bonus Ryan Johnston and Jonathan Tippett got a ride in the worlds first electric DeLorean, and guess what? It ran on the same batteries as The Mondo Spider! Now that’s the future!
eatART invites you to dive into a visual extravaganza with their 5th annual Wavelength party, themed Water: from Reverence to Revelry.
Experience an abstract journey from a time when we worshiped water to today, when we largely take it for granted. The visuals will delight and amaze while the music will rock your pants, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Council of Canadians’ campaigns for sustainable water management and water rights in Canada.
Sublight is partnering with eatART to create a visual smorgasbord sure to bring out your inner water god or goddess, and costumes are encouraged. Stunning interactive projections will immerse you in an aquatic utopia of running rivers, crashing ocean surf, and maybe even a water fight or two, so be prepared to get wet ‘n wild. Click “more…” for ticket information, a look at Dallyn Rule’s incredible poster and more details about the event. (more…)
New Forms Festival is coming to GNWC: Sept 13-16, 2012
eatART is excited to be a partnering organization in this years New Forms Festival. Two of our sponsored projects will be exhibited – Jonathan Tippett’s work in progress ‘Prosthesis’ will be on display along with the Black Ghost by the gBikes team, which will be on the move during the event. The eatART lab will also be hosting visual and musical artists for performances on Friday September 14th & Saturday September 15th.
New Forms Media Society is a non-profit society and media arts organization founded in 2000 that nurtures and connects local and international arts, science and grassroots communities through the annual New Forms Festival.
By promoting Canadian Artists in collaboration with the international arts and technology world, the NFF facilitates multimodal art works and engages in discussion on their role in our cultural environment. Since its inception, an integral element of the NFF is the recognition of independent and groundbreaking artists; the NFF aims to showcase and increase awareness of these artists and their work within our community and beyond by promoting them within a larger milieu.
The NFF is part of a larger, international, multi-media festival movement, which explores the ever changing and evolving world of art and creates a platform for artistic growth. The society wishes to make new media art, music, film, technology based installation and performance accessible to a wider audience.
2012 marks the twelfth year of New Forms Festival. From Sept 13-16, NFF12 will be taking over the Masters of Digital Media building at the Centre for Digital Media campus on 577 Great Northern Way, as well as the Waldorf Hotel and New Brighton Special at New Brighton Park. This year, as part of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) initiative, exhibition artists will address the theme of ‘Living Labs’
eatART cordially invites you to the 4th annual eatART: Power the VAG on Saturday July 28th from 11am to 5pm.
The Annual Energy Awareness Art Party takes place in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery and includes a pedal powered sound system and an unforgettable outdoor dance party!
The event will showcase our giant zero emissions kinetic sculptures.
Pedal power will be generated by teams of “watt-riders” who will power the event by pedalling with their back wheels resting on a spinning mini generator that is connected to the sound system. The riders will collect “energy pledges” that coincide with the amount of “watts raised,” with all proceeds going to the eatART Foundation. In tandem with this pedal-powered energy source, an array of solar panels will be powering the tents and info booth.
For more information and to become a Watt Rider, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The gBikes team newest creation, “Black Ghost” the energy generating bike-car, has been popping up at all of the other eatART Beakerhead deployments here in Calgary. They zoom in and zoom out, bringing the “creature investigators” to the scenes of Titanoboa, Daisy and Mondospider sightings.
They’re nimble, speedy and most important of all, zero-emissions.
live from Calgary Beakerhead kickoff 2012: we’re coming for you.
The Giant Snake lives! Titanoboa was first sighted today by Jay Ingram and the Black Ghost (by gBike team) team at the Glenmore reservoir in Calgary. As a part of the Beakerhead kickoff year, a number of the eatART projects have been rumoured to make appearances across the Calgary area in the week leading to the 2012 Calgary Stempede.
Today Titanoboa made 2 sightings at the Canoe Club and at Heritage Park, both along side a killer street percussion group and to the awe of the unsuspecting public.
Who knows what the following days will bring?
After six months of designing, fabricating, and tinkering we finally have the Black Ghost Bike Car up and rolling! On Friday night we decided to get the Black Ghost out of the shop and onto the streets at the 2nd Annual Vancouver Bike Rave. At 14 kilometers, it was a fairly brave endeavor considering this was really only the second time we have ridden the bike car. We are still in the process of getting the electrical/battery systems working, so we did the journey under full pedal power! The trip took us from the eatART lab on Great Northern Way to Crab Park, where the over 1,500 bike ravers met up. We synchronized the music mix that participants pre-downloaded prior to the event and began the journey. From Crab Park we circumnavigated the entirety of downtown Vancouver and made it back to the eatART lab with only a couple of minor technical difficulties. We brought along a strobe light, black lights, and a giant speaker to make sure that there was sufficient bass for all to enjoy. Few were disappointed.
Next stop for the Black Ghost Electric Bike Car will be at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, SEE YOU THERE!
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For a second year running, Daisy (our giant, solar powered tricycle) was invited to join the Whistler Street Entertainment activities in Whistler Village for the 2012 May long weekend. Escorted by a crack team of eatART vollunteers (Jon, Cole, Chelsea, Chris, Andrea and Brandon) Daisy rolled up and down the main Village Stroll for five days: a long deployment by any measure. Faced with weather conditions all over the spectrum, the gentle giant always managed to push on through and brought smiles to faces of the young and old. We gave rides to tons of kids, families and excited adults as well as managed to team up with some of the other street entertainment teams for some sweet photo ops (The Alice in Wonderland team loved riding on Daisy).