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Video bits

Some experimental videos I produced last year in which the content is altered algorithmically.

Lightning: all lightning strikes from a 15-minute period are condensed into one loop, the brightness of which is controlled by the rumbling of distant thunder.

Sundrome: the progression of time is controlled by the throb of cicadas.

Waves: waves from an Oregon beach are graphically quantized according to detail.


Cloud, for the 516 fundraiser

Cloud, 2011.
Mixed electronics, test tubes, microcontroller.

This was a kind of one-off for an fundraiser benefitting 516 Arts in downtown Albuquerque ahead of ISEA 2012. The lights flicker, flash, pulse, speed up and so on.

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Another distress beacon

This one was sold at the graduate art association’s annual silent auction fundraiser at SCA contemporary.

Unlike the first one, the design is just monochrome, but MUCH brighter. One power MOSFET controls all the lamps. That low-gauge copper wire that forms the cathode also acts as the heatsink for the piece. Also addressed in this design is that the temperature sensor is now attached to the metal jar lid via heatsink paste so that it’s less affected by the heat given off by the other electronics.

Total power consumption is one watt. :)

DIY S.O.S. Beacon for Everyday Use

I recently sat down with a friend to discuss plans for an Infobox at his art space near downtown Albuquerque. You know, a free sort of box in which to put zines, audio cassettes, revolutionary materials, or whatever, all for 24-hour public access. During this process I began to wonder about a kind of universal symbol or beacon that might be co-opted by other likeminded individuals concerned about the state of affairs in our nation and abroad. Jokingly, I suggested an SOS beacon — we could just leave it on perpetually, signifying a constant state of distress. Well, here we go.

It’s mostly made out of free or garden-variety radioshack parts, which should make the thrifty happy. For the sake of variety it uses multicolored lights and varies its speed with the ambient temperature. The housing is from a blown lightbulb, the power supply’s from a junk cellphone charger, and the whole thing’s held together with hot glue! Complete details after the jump.
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Pdromes (2011) from conorpeterson on Vimeo.

My video for Michael Cook’s Nature and Technology course for Spring 2011.

Two weeks of hiking around, scrambling up mesas, investigating prehistoric pueblos, surveying the vast basin that contains Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, wade through Baudrillard and Camille Paglia … and make video art? Err, okay.

The video and sound was processed in max/msp and grafted together in aftereffects.