In November 2012 German artist Sebastian Denz was giving another 3D workshop at Merz Akademie. Students explored the field of stereo photography and learned how to compose high quality stereoscopic pictures. For the presentation they combined the static pictures with our immersive virtual reality system.
In November 2013 Sebastian Denz was giving another 3D workshop at Merz Akademie. Students explored the field of spatial media and learned how to compose high quality stereoscopic photographs and renderings, Phantograms, 3D web applications and more. Back to the roots – for the presentation they exhibited their 3D experiments in a space installation.
On Saturday our second semester visited the famous group bitnik at Stadtbücherei Stuttgart. At the workshop Carmen Weisskopf told us about bitniks motivations and strategies.
Our 2 Semesters computational design course developed different apps. Take a look!
In our New Media virtual reality (VR) introduction we realized some interesting spatial interactions. The goal was to learn how to work with tracked immersive environments. Students developed and implemented different interaction techniques that are realizable within their first VR course.
With FoodU students of the Merz-Akademie can check out the daily menu of Merz-Cafeteria and DaCapo Restaurant in one simple Android-Application.
Don’t Hassel the WWW is a new project by three brave students of last semester’s project “Timeline”, guided by Olia Lialina. Darja Daut, Susanne Müller and Lisa Hofmann staged the history of David Hasselhoff’s personal webpage.
Denis Hofmann and Thomas Notschka put together detailed tutorial to help you make proper 3D plots with the Makterbot.
Two recent projects that could make us revise “Computer Power and Human Reason”
If you are into music, adventure and file sharing, you should definitely try http://www.audiochopsuey.com by Oliver Rübener, a new platform to exchange audio files.
Daraja Daut’s work in last semester’s Magic Paper group was centered around scrollbars: their invention and acceptance, their metamorphoses through time and operating systems and their gradual disappearance from interfaces in the last couple of years.
Happy Graphics Interchange is a perfect tool to make your own Animated GIF party. It helps you to find GIFs. Then it provides an interface to collage them, to scale and rotate. The next step you get an HTML code to paste wherever you find appropriate. The Disco section inspires you with the examples of what is possible.
Some wise and spectacular typography projects made during “Typography in Interactive and Dynamic Environments” course by Lutz Eberle last year.
The processes of transfering money and virtual goods over the Internet was the main focus of the winter 2010/2011 semester’s project. Using Paypal, Flattr and more obscure mechanisms, students had to actually make money. Whoever would earn the most would be awarded with a T-Shirt from our idol Money Boy http://moneyboy.at/
Obtaining and using software is a story by itself; commerce and its circumvention through piracy is an engaging experience. While big software companies like Apple and Google are trying to unify these narratives to controlled, boring AppStores, individual exchange of monetary values, brought forward by Paypal or flattr, is certainly a form of communication. And how can you connect deeper with somebody than by debugging and cracking their software? Now you can get all this from the same person at www.lostdoor.com: An browser version, shareware, and instructions how to crack the binary.
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When Google released Street View in Germany the world was shocked. Because it looked like Germans wash outside. Wherever you look there would be a huge shower cabin in the street. Well, the reality is not so exciting. The milk glass constructions are just houses, blurred by Google on request of the house owners who think that exposing their facades on the Internet can harm their privacy.
The latest project of former NM student Sebastian Schmieg — Last Midi Background (http://www.kingcosmonaut.de/lmb/) got a the 1st prize for Online works at the 23rd Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival. No wonder. LMB is a beautiful and very alive archive of MIDI music. Like Animated GIFs formed the WWW’s look, MIDI files gave to the WWW its special sound.
This semesters’ physical computing workshop was held by Yunchul Kim. The students produced an sound installation called “Unisphere” that can generate sound and light events, out of the weight changes of objects placed on the Unisphere platform. The whole project was technically realized with Arduino and Max/Msp.
This semesters’ creating virtual worlds workshop “Raumgenerator” was held by Tracy Krüger and Gabriele Bingula. The architects working in the field of digital content creation and virtual reality adressed two main topics: space as programmable mode and filters as structural elements of space. Some results of “Raumgenerator” can be found here: http://www.newmediaproject.de/facade/
Human attention equates to a form of inter-instance, through which contents become perceivable. Yet attention itself usually stays invisible. According to this, mediareception can be both, the immersion in contents and the attentivness on the materiality of medial surfaces. The installation intends to create a permanent shift between media transparency and media consciousness, respectively to cause a possible scrutinizing of habits of perception and reception. Just as well it is one goal of the diploma project to point out the individual potential of everyone to intentionally influence ...
Christopher Heller, Michael Ruß and Theo Seemann finished their portation of Marioland on a 3D environment with real intuitive input devices – your own feet! The main aim was to produce a super natural interface. Thus the application, made in Jörg Frohnmayer’s VR-seminar with TCL and Lightning, uses tracking of your feet while you’re walking in front of a 3D Powerwall. Project Natal go home -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Natal
Once upon a time people had to spend from 10 to 22 seconds to design flyers for their parties. They had to take a skyline, a siluet of a dancing girl, crazy fonts and paint splashes, and put it all together.
Denis Knopf’s final project –Youtube channel Bootyclipse, got the Prize for Online Art at the 22nd Filmwinter Festival 2009. No wonder, Bootyclipse is one of the most interesting web project of our time, a beautiful statement on current video culture, amateur aesthetics and an answer to the question “What is net art today?” Read more in the Infinite Seance article by OL.
On December 7th, 2008, Marc Grimm’s Happy Real got TWO (!) prizes at the DIY festival in Zurich. Both awards are in the category of DIY Ingeneering. Happy Real was Marc’s final project: a self-built and self-programmed arcade that questions ego shooter behavior and ethics.
Tobias Leingrueber is a master of Firefox Add-ons. His recent one — China Channel — he developed together with the great media artists Aram Bartholl and Evan Roth.
Emolator by Florian Kroener and Benjamin Walter went online in July 2008 and got a lot of attention through the summer. Not everybody wants to be an Emo, but everyone wants to know “How would I look if I’d be one”. Templates are constantly updated.
StudiVZ is Germany’s most popular social network for students. Michael Ruß created a service that builds 1990s-style amateur home pages from StudiVZ profile pages and weaves them together in a new old web that is a joy to surf through.
After two and a half days in Johannes p Osterhoff’s seminar “The Final Frontier“, second semester students came up with the most radical presentation ever seen in the walls of Merz Akademie. Six minutes video of outer space wallpapers and screensavers: starring mondaufgang.jpg, cosmos07.jpg, cosmos04.jpg and many others, known from different times and systems.
Among the online projects made last semester is a nameless but precious googlemaps-photo-service by David Ikuye, Christoph Brandin and Paul Steinhilber.
Alexander Schlegel, author of the 2007 hit Pixel Art released his new entertainment for the online community and game fans — Street Fighters: Relations between Characters Diagram.
Time and again Florian Dusch had to find out how to set up another model of alarm clock, until once he got the idea of Universal Remote. It is supposed to simplify our relations with the everyday electronic house equipment: TV sets, microwaves, vacuum cleaners and of course alarm clocks. A mock up of the Remote — Florian presented it as a practical part of his final project research — fits well into the hand and the pocket of a bathrobe.
If the interfaces of everyday equipment would be unified and moved to the remote, all buttons and switches would vanish.
Alice with Diamonds is one of the generative graphics projects made last semester in the processing course given by Mona Mahall and Asli Serbest. Helene Dams and Stefanie Rückert combined processing techniques with the greatest glitter graphics of all times. Looks weird. To start the show you have to press glitter buttons on the modified glitter keyboard!
Warius Watz, the prominent Norwegian artist working with generative systems, spent last week in Stuttgart, teaching New Media students the principles of generative systems. He was showing how they can be used both as pragmatic tools and a conceptual frameworks for creative work. For 5 days students were programming in Processing and managed to achieve results that made themselves and their teacher happy. He even promised to come back!
The 1st semester in New Media (2nd semester of studies) is the time when students come up with their first web project. After HTML, CSS, PHP training with Dragan Espenschied, Action Script classes given by Alexander Götz and an Interface seminar by Johannes Osterhoff, students are free to develop their own ideas. Then they make it happen with help of designer, programmer and musician Dragan Espenschied.
Students of the summer semester project Standarts and Revolutions had to came up with the projects that would show that they understand and respect the laws of webdesign. Tobias Leingruber went further and made a work that is full of love to WWW and its pioneers.