Attended NYU ITP Winter Show at 721 Broadway

I attended the Winter Show yesterday at NYU of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), along with Niu Maio, one of the sculpture students from the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing who attended my 3 week interactive installation workshop with Arduino & Processing there in May/June 2009 and 2010, and is presently pursuing a second MFA at RISD in Digital Media. Niu introduced me to Kurt Ralske when we arrived, but it was difficult to stay in a group since there were so many people there, and there were so many interactive works to participate in.
As one would expect this ITP show was an evolution from when I would attend them around 2000, before Daniel Shiffman’s Big Screens course, when Arduino, Processing, and openFrameworks were still glimmers in the eyes of Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, Casey Reas, Ben Fry, Zach Lieberman and Theo Watson. This year the sheer density of the works on view, spanning the simplest gear-building projects built using the wood laser cutter, to projects that incorporated Arduino and Processing with XBee extensions, and possibly openFrameworks or Cinder, was quite daunting. Since this was a midyear Winter show, there were quite a few first year students that had only been at ITP for a semester and were exhibiting projects, which were (I think) sprinkled into second year student projects (necessary to not segment out first from second years for fear that a second year area might dominate visitor attention). I need to revisit the map. The show was fun, but with all student groups you get the one’s that are able to think in the material that they are using and others that just can’t seem to make it fit. I must say though that there were many works that show potential for further development, and many of the students seem to have invested enough in their projects to possibly continue with them in the future. I’m uploading some photos but will be including videos soon.


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