Assignment 03 – “Happy Disaster” Introductions For this assignment I decided to mix two poems from the Brazilian concretist poet Ferreira Gullar. I chose his works because of it’s descriptive and originally deconstructed structure. Also, I’ve been always curious how his poems are surrounded by “objects”: his words are “stand alone” object waiting to be categorized, making them an interesting choice for playing with them in Python. The theme of “happiness” and “disaster” also resonates with my “brazilian soul” and my current longing for the particular kind of “strangeness” of my native land. Even calling Brazil a “native land” seems very strange; a result of distance, I suppose; of “saudade”: the portuguese word for missing something so much it becomes […]
Assignment 02 – my first Electronic Poem Introductions For this assignment, I had to create my own electronic poem using some of the classical examples given. I decide to use “Toroko Gorge” by Nick Monfort, because of the way it generated a scenario where the reader could roam through. My poem “Sole to Heart” was then generated using only words found on the NIKE.com website – including the title. I was curious about what kind of environment the bombardment of marketing call-to-actions would create. Maybe in the future, this same code could generate virtual reality environmental poems. Will we live in virtual corporate worlds? Are we already there? What’s the landscape that marketing call-to-action “salesspeak” that’s being generated in our […]
Assignment 01 – Transcription LINK TO TRANSCRIPTION FILE HERE The goal for this first assignment of the Reading and Writing Electronic Text, was to transcribe something, anything that wasn’t already available as electronic text. I have chosen to transcribe the following youtube video from a lecture I gave in 2014, together with Franey Nogueira, about this (not so) new thing called Virtual Reality about the Video The lecture took place at the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro, where every week experts in different fields would talk about the latest and most pressing issues. That year, the Oculus Rift headset was just released for developers and researcher, and I took it to myself to spread the word […]
For this assignment I had to use two different materials – plywood and acrylic excluded – using fasteners. Since first class I wanted to combine metal with wood. I believe these very basic materials can bring sophistication to any project: what If I stretched this relationship to its bare minimum? Designer bags, as wonderfully crafted that they are, still have most of its value related to its branding. I bought several different fasteners, ropes and chains – but chains prevailed.
My social tree project is now fully functional: the wood sculpture with the solenoid was sanded and the interface with the Facebook API worked. If the Social Tree Facebook page doesn’t get a new like after some pre-determined time, a signal is sent and the flower attachment drops. But I wanted a way to show the user how long until the drop, as well as giving some feedback from receiving new “likes”. So the “Like Timer” was developed. The timer consists of a servo motor housed inside a wooden container. A dial shows how close to the “drop” the Social Tree sculpture is. For finished I applied soft fabric, using glue. The Social Tree Sculpture fully functional. The rough shape […]
Yesterday was the first day of the ITP summer Camp 2016! I have the great pleasure and honor of being invited as an Instigator and session leader. After just a couple of hours with my future camper colleagues and counselors I came out with the feeling of being in the Fantastic Chocolate Factory of interesting people. Trying to keep up with everything that’s going on will be neigh impossible but I was already advised to let it go and dive into it. Keeping this website update will be even more difficult, but who knows? Maybe I can do it.
O Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade disponibilizou a palestra que Franey Nogueira e eu, Gabriel Brasil, realizamos no mês passado. A bate papo foi incrível, onde conseguimos abordar a Realidade Virtual para muito além do “oba-oba” tecnológico, apresentando um panorama amplo e crítico de como essa mídia irá transformar nossas vidas. Novamente gostaria de agradecer Alexandre Roldão, que mediou a palestra com bom humor e conhecimento, levantando questões importantes. Abaixo, a introdução do ITS para a palestra. “Já usou o Oculus Rift? Ele consiste no visor, recentemente adquirido pelo Facebook, que transporta o usuário para um ambiente imersivo de realidade virtual. Descrito pela revista “Wired” como “tão revolucionário quanto o iPhone ou o iPad”, o Oculus Rift já está se […]
O Oculus Connect 2014 reuniu os criadores do Oculus Rift com desenvolvedores e entusiastas, não só para celebrar a revolução da Realidade Virtual, mas para chamar a comunidade para buscar soluções para os muitos desafios que essa nova mídia apresenta. Durante o principal painel do Oculus Connect 2014, encontro internacional organizado pela OculusVR, um ouvinte fez a pergunta sobre “ o que poderia fazer com que a realidade virtual falhasse dessa vez?”: “Bem, pra começar evitamos pegar o mesmo avião!” A resposta de Palmer Luckey, jovem fundador da empresa, não poderia estar mais correta. Além do garoto de 24 anos, estavam ali presentes o CEO Brendan Iribe, o cientista chefe Michael Abrash e o guru da computação gráfica para games […]
O BrasilVr foi convidado pelo Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade (ITS) para mais uma apresentação de Realidade Virtual. O encontrou rendeu tanto que fomos convidados para levar o Oculus Rift para participar do programa Navegador da Globo News! Quando consegui a licença para o developers kit do Oculus Rift, minha intensão e da artista visual Franey Nogueira era mais do que criar e experimentar essa nova onda da realidade virtual. Tão fascinante quanto usar esse tipo de aparelho é poder observar outras pessoas balançando com o Oculus na cabeça e as discussões que um simples passeio de montanha russa digital pode suscitar. Qual foi minha surpresa quando fomos convidados (graças ao intermédio de Anitta Boavida do Parque Lage) para encontrar […]