volumetric video of a (jazz) performance

For my PhD research, I've been bouncing ideas around for how to volumetrically capture a performance or classroom session in 3D, and then layer on additional contextual data (interactions between participants, connections, info from dramaturgy, info from SoTL, etc.). This NEBULA experimental jazz video by Marcin Nowrotek kind of gets at some of what's in my head. Imagine this, showing a group of students collaborating in an active learning session, and instead of notes/percussion visualizations, some kind of representation of how they are interacting etc… Also, since it's all in 3D, imagine being able to interact with the recording in 3D using fancy goggles....

February 28, 2018 · 1 min

Robocomic – HRI exploration of performance by a robot

OK – this may be a bit out there, but I’ve got an idea for the HRI project, as a way to explore emotional context and connection with an audience. J. Alex Boyd wrote a piece for McSweeney’s back in 2006, “Jokes made by robots, for robots.” Some profoundly unfunny jokes, unless they’re performed by a robot. I’m thinking – I can have a human performer read the jokes as a stand-up comedy act, recording the performance in video....

March 17, 2017 · 2 min

HRI Theme Study – robot performance of emotion in theatre

I presented my HRI theme study to the iLab meeting. We had a really interesting discussion about intentionality of motion, timing, and the uncanny valley. HRI theme study presentation

March 2, 2017 · 1 min

progression of complexity in performance

in order of increasing complexity and unscriptedness / improvisation: monologues dialogues multi-actor performances small group project work multiple group project work Progression from simple, scripted performance to complex, dynamic, unscripted, improvised, open-ended. How does the complexity of a performance affect how it is perceived? Recorded? Interpreted? What role does the portfolio model have in each type of performance? And what kinds of critical reflection can take place? Why start with monologue?...

November 26, 2016 · 1 min

research methods discussion + reflection

Use of theatrical monologue practice as a pilot exploration for recording performance? Highly simplified performance, short duration, self-contained. Sit in on PF’s DRAM 200 monologue class? (not sure how to cram this into my calendar. will try to get creative…) Would need to observe as many monologue sessions as possible, to learn about what a monologue is and how to fully record/document/capture it. Potentially offer to record students to try it out?...

November 21, 2016 · 1 min

manuscripts – the humorous magistrate

English class, studying a play from a manuscript source document. 17th century theatre + literature took 10 years of work to prepare an interpretation of the manuscript to mount a performance Manuscript converted to actor’s script background – all info as context – period info… production analysis of space Dramaturg – text/production experts to support director Designers – set, costumes, props, sound, lighting, music composition, fighting/action, choreography… Maquette – scale model of stage to refine plans....

November 14, 2016 · 1 min

thoughts on documentation and interpretation of an experience/class/session

Are teacher/performer & student/audience synonymous? (How) are all of these data + interpretations to be used to shape the current experience and future ones? (How) can these be generalized to other contexts? So what? Why is this useful? – Not just scholarly navel-gazing?! How do these support meaningful + productive reflection by instructors and students? “meta” layer – pedagogical discussion before/during/after sessions? An audience member’s experience of a performance is a product of the performance itself AND a visceral invocation of cultural and remembered experiences – the current performance is only part of the lived experience, which is why scenographic writing/drawing can be important – to elucidate that internal and personal context....

September 24, 2016 · 2 min

WordPress Super Cache

I've been using the WP-Cache 2 plugin for some time, as it offers pretty effective file-based caching of WordPress pages to help reduce the load on the database server and reduce page generation time. But the plugin has kind of languished without any real updates for months(?) or years(?). Donncha O Caoimh, the WordPress guru who's name I'll never be able to pronounce, released an updated and refined caching plugin called WP-Super-Cache, based on the great start offered by WP-Cache 2....

November 6, 2007 · 3 min

WordPress Performance Tuning

My blog often has fits of sucktacular performance. After digging around, and bugging DreamHost support for some ideas, I've made some progress. I had been running wp-cache to enable file-based caching, thinking that would help optimize performance of the site (fewer database calls should equal better performance) - except that DreamHost apparently uses NFS-mounted storage for accounts. As a result, filesystem access is a bit laggy, so the file-based caching was actually (apparently) slowing the site down (as suggested by 4+1 ways to speed up wordpress)....

May 29, 2007 · 3 min