and the wind was like the regret for what is no more. by Joao Costa

Earlier this week was the annual winter exhibition of completed and works-in-progress projects by graduate students of NYU’s ITP program.

The slideshow below is only a snapshot of the projects, objects, and displays that were on view. A total of 125 projects (by more than 200 students, by my estimate) dotted an entire floor and the lobby of the Tisch School of the Arts. It was especially welcome to see projects in the lobby — typically this space goes unused, which is surprising given that everyone in the building has to pass through and public passersby on the street can peer in too.

Which is to say the show is very fluid these days. It’s easy to flow from one space to another and to keep engaging something interesting. So for those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s a recap:

Projects not pictured but of note include:

  • ITP Camp, the Un-University
  • Mantis, a “Mutally Adaptive Neuro-Tonal Interface System”
  • Stitching Stories” by Sweta Mohapatra & Sisa Holguin, that turned a ’90s era game controller into a “choose your own” video narrative with a social commentary twist embedded in one of the controllers
  • Ross Goodwin’s “Fiction Generator,” a computational novel-writing program that generates a story based on slider inputs and emails you the PDF. Go here to make your own.
  • VJenerate, an overwhelming music video generator that sources your SoundCloud account for data
  • Music Bench, a set of “musical chairs” and the one piece in the lobby that seemed to take advantage of the notion of a lobby
  • Postural Awareness – Social Experiment which turns game-playing into a medical evaluation process
  • Explorer, an “orbital mechanics” learning tool
  • MyoBlaster: Sonify Meat DNA combines two cDNA sequences to create a musical beat and visual representation.

Kudos to the organizers for making links to all the projects now available online — go here for a complete listing of all 100-plus projects.

PS — more puppets please! I can’t get enough of puppets (with tech)!