ZIM.DOC

a multi platform interactive web-documentary about contemporary zimbabwe through the eyes of women
zim.doc
description
ZIM.DOC is a cross-platform documentary project that consists of an interactive web-documentary and a real-space exhibition. The project is born from the collaboration of women filmmakers, programmers, painters, and graphic artists. The zim.doc celebrates the creative exploration of the documentary form, collaborative filmmaking and provides a unique vision of Zimbabwe’s past and present through the eyes of women.

The interactive web-documentary unfolds in chapters with two story worlds; the Surface Layer set in the present and the Inner Layer set in the past; and an interactive interview archive called The Interview Mosaic.

The Surface Layer narrative traces the journey of this group of women as they embark in an experimental documentary project, revealing aspects of their lives and a personal vision of contemporary Zimbabwe. It is the collective process that is the catalyst of this story: we start in the present, trying to march forward and yet we often find interrelated circumstances that complicate our journey. In intimate interviews, found in the Interview Mosaic, authors/protagonists explore these subjects and reveal thoughts about their process. And in the Inner Layer story world the artists offer a poetic interpretation of Zimbabwe’s past – keys to understanding the present.

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direction: Rabia Williams
software: Maíra Sala
technologies: HTML5, Javascript, CSS

DOCUMENTA

Creating multimidia presentations in a grid

description
Documenta is an online software for multimidia creation. The platform allows users to create presentations from a simple but flexible grid.

The main idea is to facilitate the usage of different kinds of media (video, audio, image, text or animation) creating easily creative presentations focusing on their content, not media formats. As users can merge an tint cells, projects can get as complete as webpages.

Projects can be visited by non-members and resources can be shared in the Documenta community.

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concept: Cristina Casanova & Andrea Corinto
front-end software development: Maíra Sala, ZGuille & Sergi Porter
technologies: Flash & PHP
www.mydocumenta.com (explanation)
www.mydocumenta.com (project)

MATHMUSIC

Tool for musical sensitization

description
A random music generator based in probabilities.

The user controls some direct parameters like scale tone (do, do#, re, re#, and on) and the type of scale (major, harmonic minor, pentatonic major, etc) and the probability of some others. This last include tipes of chords (majors, minors, augmented or diminuted), belonging notes from the given scale and tempos.

It’s idea is to play with different combinations and perceive how this aspects (tone, type of scale, chords) completely change the emotion in music. And to call the attention to the fact that this emotions are being affected by algorithms.

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concept: Maíra Sala
software: Maíra Sala
technologies: Pure Data

ADAMACHINE EXPERIMENT #1

performance

description
The performance is part of the ADA MACHINE project, in which a collective of artists discuss the presence of women in arts and in technology. This was the result of this group first encounter in which the subject was presence X virtual presence.

The performance consisted in the following:
4 actors in 4 different cities stream their videos through a custom software. The audience, in a 5th place (the action room) see their videos on a wall. The performers interact with each other and with the public, as the action room is streamed back to the actors. A VJ manipulates, transforms and controls the performers videos on the action room wall. It’s all live and online.

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concept: Ada Machine Group
software: Maíra Sala
technologies: PixelBender, Flash & PHP
cinthia.mobi/adamachine

VIDEOMOSAICS

online mosaics with videos

description
Net-art collaborative project in which visitors can create or contribute in initiated mosaics with Tetris shaped videos.

The mosaics base is a 10×10 grid. The user should choose one of the available tetris-shapes to mask a video, being able to rotate and displace the form over the image. Than, the visitor can place the video on the grid in a fitting free area. He can start or enlarge an intialized mosaic.

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concept: Maíra Sala
software: Maíra Sala
technologies: Flash & PHP
www.mairasala.com/videomosaicos

SPROCKET

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a multi-touch screen interface for live cinema editing, intended for the manipulation of narrative films.

description
SPROCKET is a physical interface for live-cinema performances. It was originally developed for narrative feature films edition in real time, in movie theatres. The idea is to control what is been shown in the big screen through the interface. It was originally developed for the feature-film RESSACA, a Bruno Vianna’s project. He would be present in every performance and edit his narrative film live.

The interface allows elements of the movie to be manipulated with the fingers. As this screen has a one meter of diameter and is positioned next to the theater’s main screen, the public can follow the whole editing process. The interface created allows the visualization of the whole material and its organization, through the creation of links which define the scene order. Besides, it is possible to manipulate every shot of every sequence, changing its position within the movie.

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concept: Maíra Sala & Bruno Vianna
software: Maíra Sala
hardware: Maíra Sala, Gunter Geigger & Bruno Vianna
technologies: Pure Data, Processing & Reactivision
geral.etc.br/engranaje
ressaca.net