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Knight Rider February 1, 2010

Filed under: Research — vanessasorenson @ 1:03 am

So my goal of the project this week is to get the led’s to light up in a row at different intervals depending on the word’s frequencies in the tweets. This will be done either with a for loop (also known as the knight rider according to the arduino site) or with an array. As of now I think the array will be easiest to control.


Exploring Online Exhibition Pages January 26, 2010

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Of the exhibitions provided I have chosen Conflux as an exhibition I find successful and the SFMomma: 010101 exhibition as one that had some issues.

The title of the Conflux festival matches the curatorial focus of the exploration of urban and public space due to the way a city itself is always in conflux. The website is organized in a way that is easily navigable to find the locations where each demonstration/activity occurs. Being involved in preparing for Conflux and being apart of a demonstration I can say that most all of the activities demonstrated urban life and urban space. Many artists focused on ways to change the way a person views urban spaces and communities while also trying to preserve what has already existed.

While the title and website of the 010101 exhibition relates to how people interact and understand contemporary online netart, I find the website so hard to navigate and explore that I believe the design of the website overpowers the context of it. While I believe the intent of the website for the 010101 show is to encourage exploration, clicking through a user manual to find information on any artists involved in the show, takes too much time and I find myself losing interest in any of the netart that the show curated. This exhibition seems aimed more for people who are already emersed within a netart community, and is awfully intimidating to those who are not.


January 21, 2010

Filed under: Research — vanessasorenson @ 1:42 am

Hasn’t really helped me in configuring mine but has helped in understanding more on how the xbee works. Definitely worth a watch. 

Xbee Configuration Tutorial from Tellart on Vimeo.



Twitter4J exercises November 16, 2009

Filed under: Research — vanessasorenson @ 11:35 pm

The first exercise I’ve been trying is to gather info from a search query through Twitter.(I searched my own username.) The results are printed on the bottom of the processing sketch. I have deleted my password for privacy’s sake, but here’s the coding/progress thus far!


Twitter4J November 15, 2009

Filed under: Research — vanessasorenson @ 2:05 pm

Since I’m putting the XBee communication on hold while I save up money to buy another shield, I have been doing research on Twitter libraries to use to communicate with Processing and my project. It seems so far that the best library for Processing is Twitter4J. Right now I have been experimenting with how to use the library to extract data from Twitter. It seems like the Twitter API is pretty easy to work with since it’s still open source. Im continuing to work on my Twitter data experiments and will hopefully be able to extract the words I want to make some sort of drawing sketch in Processing by the end of November. This sketch will act as a practice run for the project which will need to extract data to make the lights turn on instead of having Processing draw data visualization sketches. (Although, I have thought about using these sketches I create in my installation to create more content than just the Tweet Sleeve.)


Progress November 5, 2009

Filed under: Research — vanessasorenson @ 2:03 am

So far finding tutorials for the XBee Series 2 has been proven to be very difficult. I found some tutorials which allow the XBee’s to communicate with one another through two Arduino’s and two XBee Arduino Shields. However, I am trying to find a way how to use only one Arduino XBee Shield/Arduino and an XBee pad for the LilyPad Arduino. It’s proving to be difficult. Each of the XBee’s seem to have the correct coding uploaded to the board but cannot communicate with one another. (Even with help from Joe! Ahh!) Hopefully, during the weekend I can figure out how to configure the XBee’s to communicate with one another as it is an essential part of having the Twitter updates effect the LED’s color.

In the meantime I plan on looking for Twitter libraries for Processing and figuring out how to extract data from Twitter and bring it into Processing/Arduino


Outline October 28, 2009

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Vanessa Sorenson
Senior Seminar I
October 27th, 2009

Thesis: To examine how the culture we were raised in effects the way we divulge our emotions in a social networking space, while bringing these emotions from the virtual space of Twitter back into a public and physical space.[
I. Introduction
A. Social Networking Today
1. Socialism in networking
a. Sharing
i. Photos, map locations, status updates via MySpace, Twitter, Facebook
ii. Review sites like Yelp, Loopt, Delicious.
b. Cooperation/Collaboration
c. Collectivism
2. Old socialism vs. new socialism chart (Kelly, 121)
B. Purpose of Social Networking
1. Easier to find groups of tailored interests online than in the real world. (Shirky, 196)
2. Different communities on the internet
C. Emotions
1. How we determine how to react to situations ( Turner, 11)
2. Emotions and relationship to culture (Gordon, 32)
II. Heiferman and MeetUp in Relation with Twitter
A. MeetUp
1. Created by Scoot Heiferman along with principles of networking.
2. Matched group of people by affinity and proximity to find each other. (Shirky, 196)
3. Groups wanted to get together if coordination problem was solved. (Shirky, 196)
4. Large number of users required, the harder it is to get going. (Shirky, 263)
B. Twitter
1. Limited to sharing 140 characters used for staying connected not necessarily networked.
2. Users defined Twitter, not Twitter defining users (Levy, 149).
a. Relationship to socialism
b. Relationship to networking fundamentals
3. Twitter opened up to software developers which allowed people to build their own applications and services (Levy, 149).
a. Outsiders enhanced Twitter by linking to pictures or video (Levy, 149).
b. Twitter led to a boom in URL shortening services (Levy, 149).
c. Twitter’s continued success and relationship to Heiferman’s principles
1. Twitter still remains personal through open source and created content.
2. Building off of Heiferman and Shirky’s theories on networking.
3. Re-defining what people want in networking today.
III. Origins of Emotions in Culture
A.Members of a society learn from others vocabulary, responses, and relationships (Gordon, 31).
1.Emotions arise not only from immediacy of a situation but also from history of interaction as evolved in the past and from perceived concepts of the future (Gordon, 31).
2.Sociological approach sees both psychological forces (inner experience and feelings) and social forces (culture) (Gordon, 31).
Relate to why we post certain feeling online to receive some sort of reaction.
B. Orientations of Emotion in Culture
1. Institutional
a. Peoples sense of who they are becomes evident in actions calculated to be in conformity with norms (Gordon, 32).
b. Emotions where the person in full control of their feelings and expression and behaves in ways that satisfies the norms (Gordon, 32).
2. Impulsive
a. Persons see self as revealed in more spontaneous actions that may disregard normative expectations (Gordon, 32).
b. Uninhibited expressions of emotion that are free of institutional norms and conventions (Gordon, 32).
3. Chart that explains difference between impulsive and institutional emotions (Gordon, 33).
4. Controlling whether we display our impulsive or institutional emotions can veal one’s true self (Gordon,34).
IV. Similar Artists and Inspiration
A. Jonathan Harris – “We Feel Fine”
1. Project harvests the phrase “I Feel” or “I am feeling” from internet blogs which saves them in a database, then run in a Java applet online.
a. Each dot represents a single person’s feelings.
b. Color of the dot relates to type of feeling (happy/sad).
c. Diameter of the dot is the length of the phrase.
2. Explores human emotion based on demographic, age, gender, and weather.
3. Visual aides.
B. Aram Bartholl and V2_Labs –“Loud Tweets”
1. One project in a series of four wearable speech bubbles.
2. Investigates the deeper role in the absence of physical proximity between exchanges of Twitter users.
3. LED name badge programmed by three buttons to display 255 characters as a scrolling message.
4. Through Arduino, the display receives the latest Twitter message of the user.
5. Visual aides.
C. Leah Buechley-“Turn Signal Jacket”
1. Tutorial on how to create a jacket with turn signals that blink like a turn signal on a car.
2. Using a LilyPad Arduino, conductive thread, and LilyPad LED’s, user has a wearable e-textile for everyday use.
3. Visual aides.