Last Thursday I had the pleasure of joining a thesis workshop at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program to see and respond to students’ works in progress. I had spoken earlier with Morgen Fleisig about his intentions to visualize, or materialize, the relays — all the invisible acts of translation — in the digital communication process (drawing a little inspiration from Tim Hawkinson), so I was quite excited to hear how his thesis is evolving.
I’ve been to a few ITP thesis shows before, and I’m always amazed (if at times a little perplexed) by the students’ projects. This time, I was particularly taken by the work of Don Miller, who does amazing things with light for bit music (or chipglitch, or whatever they’re calling the genre these days). Don’s worked with Anamanaguchi, whom I’ve seen play a couple times; I might’ve seen Don’s work live and not known it.
I was also super-impressed by Rune Madsen’s work. I came across the above video a while ago, and I was excited to discover that the person behind it is doing such fantastic interaction and data visualization work. I mean, just look at this: