“Re-Defining A Line: Ubiquity” Project at Gallaudet University

The “RE-DEFINING A LINE: UBIQUITY” project is an energetic initiative intended to serve the greater DC, NoMA, and Gallaudet communities as an outpost and destination for events and creative/academic projects in order to attract interest and attention to the NoMA area, as well as serve as an active, creative and academic beacon for multi-disciplinary exploration, investigation, information exchange, social engagement, transmitting information about gatherings, events, research initiatives, and educational achievements regularly via the web, blogs, social networks and other online communities.

With support from JBG and Gallaudet, the assistance of Physics Professor Dr. Henry Dave Snyder (with his NASA Grant for technology), our group (including: Ben Ashworth presently the sculpture studio director at George Mason University and the myriad projects that he has completed (Green Street Labs Bowl, Bridge Spot, to name a few), Dave Mutarelli, independent contractor, as well as Garth Ross, the Vice President for Community Engagement at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Tom Ashcroft, head of the sculpture program and Professor at George Mason University also recently being awarded inaugural Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts at Western Carolina University and founder of the Workingman Artist Collective, Max Kazemzadeh serving as the program director and Associate Professor of Art & Media Design Program at Gallaudet University), Tony Pusan (The Gallaudet Pavilion) is an extremely strong inter-collegiate multi-institution collaboration that can have a wide ranging impact.
Once built behind Union Market in NoMA, the Spring 2016 Gallaudet University course entitled “Skateboarding, Tracking & Data Visualization,” co-taught by Associate Professor Max Kazemzadeh and Physics Professor Dr. Henry Dave Snyder, will hold their classes in physics, art, and computer labs at Gallaudet, and will use the bowl as a field testing lab, testing gyroscopes attached to skateboards to detect complex speed, movement, roll, pitch, altitude and more as well as a camera tracking computer vision software systems in the bowl while people skate in order to capture the widest array of complex movement of each skater. This content is presently being taught to students in the course which also includes fabrication, design, and coding hardware and software tracking systems. The end goal is for each student to be able to design and produce custom, interactive, and data visualization experiences that might be incorporated into the next “Finding A Line” event at the Kennedy Center and other events.

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