Figment 2014 photo galleries

Friends of Bleep (FOB) Keith Simmons (dreamexplorer) and the Real-Time Art Show were at Figment Boston this year, taking great shots of the many art projects dotting the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Thanks to Keith, Jay, Greg, and Chris for sharing their talents, and providing a lasting document of this year’s event.

Video Bleep was featured in a number of shots – you can check out the Bleep-related pictures below, or visit the full Figment galleries:
Real Time Art Show gallery
dreamexplorer gallery


The Rose Kennedy Greenway has posted a nice video recap as well:

Everything is Under Control

As a real-time video art collective, Video Bleep’s work is constantly changing. It’s not an object to be hung on a wall; it is an experience – a process of engagement and exploration. We want our audience to be collaborators; to participate in creating something ephemeral, personal, and unique. We want you to come away from our events saying “I helped create that”.

When you see our live projections, your attention is likely drawn to the canvas – the wall, the screen, the dome – because that’s where the shiny eye candy is. But what about the means of creation? Video Bleep’s interactive controllers – hardware and software; physical and virtual – are the tools that we use to facilitate creative expression. When we’re making real-time visuals, our controllers are front and center.

Originally conceived as a bit of a joke, the Video Bleep joystick is a custom-built, supersized controller that makes it possible to “steer the dome”, moving your visual environment from side to side. Dramamine not included.

Sway, created by Bleeper Jim Ankrom, is an app-free, multi-user, device-agnostic framework that translates sensor data into control data. It turns your smartphone into a visual controller, and makes interacting with large-scale video art as simple as reaching into your pocket.

Game controllers like the Nintendo Wiimote and Microsoft Kinect are affordable, technologically sophisticated, and designed for interactivity and play. In our hands, they are digital paintbrushes; used to engage people in familiar ways, with unexpected results.

FaceOSC, written by Kyle McDonald, is a tool for prototyping face-based interaction. It recognizes facial expressions, and translates them into control data.

touchoscTouchOSC makes it easy to create modular touchscreen interfaces for tablets and phones. Video Bleep has developed custom TouchOSC templates for fingertip control of our visual software.

MIDI controllers like the Korg NanoKontrol, Korg NanoPad, and Novation LaunchPad give us tactile control over virtual environments, and help keep us away from the mouse and keyboard.

Coders, Beamers, and MUM

Over the past couple of months we’ve been making the rounds in Somerville – participating in a number of local events, showing off some of our non-dome related tech, and making new friends.

In late August we were at the Tech Poetics party at Velir in Davis Square – a kind of creative salon for tech artists, organized by Boston Creative Coders. We projection-mapped a set of windows looking out on the square, providing a bit of unexpected color for passers-by.

The very next night, we hopped across town to the Aeronaut Brewing Company for their Bring Your Own Beamer event – a lively free-for-all in which anyone with a projector and an idea could show up and grab some wall space. We passed around MIDI controllers and let people jam on an assortment of video clips.

A couple weeks after that, we were back in action providing visuals at Project MUM, Somerville’s annual space-themed outdoor dance party. Early rainstorms forced us inside the Somerville Arts Council’s MUSCRAT bus, where we amused ourselves with face-warping software while waiting for better weather. Thankfully, clear skies prevailed, and we – along with a bunch of talented DJs, fire spinners, and local artist friends – were finally able to get our dance on.

New screen debuts at Starbase MUM

On Saturday, June 7th, members of Video Bleep provided live visuals for Starbase MUM, a nighttime dance party in the heart of Cambridge. This event was a collaboration with the Cambridge Arts River Festival, an annual arts event celebrating its 35th year.

Starbase MUM marked the public debut of the new Video Bleep screen, a modular array of video-mapped squares designed to be easily reconfigured from one event to the next. We’re all excited to see how this new canvas will spark our imaginations going forward!