Cloud

Aki Ishida and Ivica Ico Bukvic

The first weekend in October, a constellation of fifty light- and sound-emitting “cloudlets” will fill the central space of Welburn Square. This networked sculpture will begin as an interactive project, built and programmed in community workshops led by the artist team. After it is installed, it will take on a life of its own as the “cloudlets” communicate with each other by exchanging messages of light and sound.

The project will begin with hour-long workshops in which small teams will use hardware, software and special tools specifically designed for this project to build the cloudlets. Each team will also decide how to program how its cloudlet to accept and receive message, so that each of the fifty cloudlets will have its unique way of interacting with each other and the surrounding activity. The animation of the Cloud will grow cumulatively as more people participate in its making and activation.

The Ballston BID is partnering with the Virginia Tech Research Center on this bringing this project to life. People who live or work in the Ballston area are invited to participate in the community-building workshops that will construct the Cloud. The work will be located in Welburn Square, a public park in Ballston, and culminate in an outdoor public event of light and sound on the evenings of October 2 and 3, and will then be displayed in the lobby of Virginia Tech National Capital Region building on Glebe Road until the end of October.

We are seeking 50 teams of 2-4 people to join us on Thursday, October 2nd in the lobby of 4245 Fairfax Drive to create your own cloudlet under the artists' guidance. No previous technical experience or knowledge is required to participate. As part of a 75-minute workshop and under artists' guidance, each team will be given an opportunity to program the Raspberry Pi microcomputer located inside their assigned cloudlet and by doing so shape its light and sound output, as well as its response to the light and sound stimuli emanating from its nearby environment.  If you are interested in participating in this community-building workshop on October 2nd to construct the Cloud, please contact us at allie@ballstonbid.com or call 703-664-1194.

The ensuing Cloud will stand as a testament to the community that built it. Come participate, and be a part of your community and its reflection through this unique community-based art piece.

Design Co-Directors:
Ivica Ico Bukvic
Aki Ishida

Design Team:
Suzanne Berry, Ciara Bucci, Hyun-Jun Cho, Corey Crist, Luke Dale, Zihan Hafiz, Zichun Huang, Christina LoConte, Runyu Ma, Siyu Zhang, Ge Zhou (All Architecture undergraduate students)
Zachary Miller (Engineering Science and Mechanics undergraduate student)
Omavi Walker (Computer Science undergraduate student)

Support Team:
Alex Cleveland (Engineering alumnus)
Spencer Lee (Computer Science PhD student)

Materials: 
Metal, LED lights, raspberry-pi processors, sensors, speakers
Dates: 
October 2nd-3rd 2014 (at Welburn Square) & October 4th- TBD 2014 (at Virginia Tech-900 N Glebe Road)
Location: 
Welburn Square (for inclement weather, 4250 N Fairfax Drive); Virginia Tech- 900 N Glebe Road
Ivica Ico Bukvic

The art of multisensory artist Ivica Ico Bukvic is driven by ubiquitous interactivity. Bukvic’s output encompasses aural, visual, acoustic, electronic, performances, installations, technologies, research publications, presentations, grants, and awards. His most recent work focuses on communal interaction, integrating contemplative practice, and improving health through innovative approaches to the arts and technology. Dr. Bukvic is currently an associate professor in music technology, the founder and director of the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio and the Linux Laptop Orchestra, studio head in Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction. He holds D.M.A. in Composition from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Aki Ishida

Aki Ishida is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Virginia Tech, core faculty member of Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and founder of Aki Ishida Architect PLLC. Ishida’s work is a synthesis of her interests in spatial uses of light and active public engagement of space. Prior to forming her firm, Aki worked at James Carpenter Design Associates, Rafael Vinoly Architects, and I.M. Pei Architect. She led the installation at the Smithsonian, Lantern Field, which one of a dozen international projects to win a 2013 A|L Architectural Lighting Award. Her project received Runner-Up in 2014 Core77 Design Awards. She holds Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.

Sponsors: 
Hilton Arlington
Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Ballston
Partners: 
Virginia Tech
Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Cloud

Aki Ishida and Ivica Ico Bukvic

The first weekend in October, a constellation of fifty light- and sound-emitting “cloudlets” will fill the central space of Welburn Square. This networked sculpture will begin as an interactive project, built and programmed in community workshops led by the artist team. After it is installed, it will take on a life of its own as the “cloudlets” communicate with each other by exchanging messages of light and sound.

The project will begin with hour-long workshops in which small teams will use hardware, software and special tools specifically designed for this project to build the cloudlets. Each team will also decide how to program how its cloudlet to accept and receive message, so that each of the fifty cloudlets will have its unique way of interacting with each other and the surrounding activity. The animation of the Cloud will grow cumulatively as more people participate in its making and activation.

The Ballston BID is partnering with the Virginia Tech Research Center on this bringing this project to life. People who live or work in the Ballston area are invited to participate in the community-building workshops that will construct the Cloud. The work will be located in Welburn Square, a public park in Ballston, and culminate in an outdoor public event of light and sound on the evenings of October 2 and 3, and will then be displayed in the lobby of Virginia Tech National Capital Region building on Glebe Road until the end of October.

We are seeking 50 teams of 2-4 people to join us on Thursday, October 2nd in the lobby of 4245 Fairfax Drive to create your own cloudlet under the artists' guidance. No previous technical experience or knowledge is required to participate. As part of a 75-minute workshop and under artists' guidance, each team will be given an opportunity to program the Raspberry Pi microcomputer located inside their assigned cloudlet and by doing so shape its light and sound output, as well as its response to the light and sound stimuli emanating from its nearby environment.  If you are interested in participating in this community-building workshop on October 2nd to construct the Cloud, please contact us at allie@ballstonbid.com or call 703-664-1194.

The ensuing Cloud will stand as a testament to the community that built it. Come participate, and be a part of your community and its reflection through this unique community-based art piece.

Design Co-Directors:
Ivica Ico Bukvic
Aki Ishida

Design Team:
Suzanne Berry, Ciara Bucci, Hyun-Jun Cho, Corey Crist, Luke Dale, Zihan Hafiz, Zichun Huang, Christina LoConte, Runyu Ma, Siyu Zhang, Ge Zhou (All Architecture undergraduate students)
Zachary Miller (Engineering Science and Mechanics undergraduate student)
Omavi Walker (Computer Science undergraduate student)

Support Team:
Alex Cleveland (Engineering alumnus)
Spencer Lee (Computer Science PhD student)

Information:

Materials: Metal, LED lights, raspberry-pi processors, sensors, speakers

Dates: October 2nd-3rd 2014 (at Welburn Square) & October 4th- TBD 2014 (at Virginia Tech-900 N Glebe Road)

Location: Welburn Square (for inclement weather, 4250 N Fairfax Drive); Virginia Tech- 900 N Glebe Road

Sponsors and Partners:

Sponsors: Hilton Arlington, Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Ballston

Partners: Virginia Tech, Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Meet the Artists:

Ivica Ico Bukvic

The art of multisensory artist Ivica Ico Bukvic is driven by ubiquitous interactivity. Bukvic’s output encompasses aural, visual, acoustic, electronic, performances, installations, technologies, research publications, presentations, grants, and awards. His most recent work focuses on communal interaction, integrating contemplative practice, and improving health through innovative approaches to the arts and technology. Dr. Bukvic is currently an associate professor in music technology, the founder and director of the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio and the Linux Laptop Orchestra, studio head in Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction. He holds D.M.A. in Composition from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Aki Ishida

Aki Ishida is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Virginia Tech, core faculty member of Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and founder of Aki Ishida Architect PLLC. Ishida’s work is a synthesis of her interests in spatial uses of light and active public engagement of space. Prior to forming her firm, Aki worked at James Carpenter Design Associates, Rafael Vinoly Architects, and I.M. Pei Architect. She led the installation at the Smithsonian, Lantern Field, which one of a dozen international projects to win a 2013 A|L Architectural Lighting Award. Her project received Runner-Up in 2014 Core77 Design Awards. She holds Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.