Ithaca Generator has joined the elite group of organizations that host First Friday Gallery Night, a “monthly walkable tour of downtown Ithaca galleries and art houses”. Next Friday May 3rd promises to be a doozy, as our Press Bay Alley is also hosting the annual art book and eating expo known at The Arcades Project. We expect hundreds, maybe even thousands of intelligentsia to swarm Press Bay Alley. This is an event not to be missed.
Our own contribution to Gallery Night is of course digital and interactive. We’ll be featuring a new piece by W. Michelle Harris titled Studying Lydia from Birth (2013). Harris is an Artist and Associate Professor of Interactive Games and Media at Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition to Harris’ installation, we plan to display a series of informal and possibly titillating interactive pieces. Students of my Drawing by Programming class will create the pieces using open source programming languages such as Scratch, Context Free, and Processing. The pieces will be displayed on computer monitors mounted on a 6′ x 6′ Art Rack; the Art Rack was created by my welding students. Come check it out!
It’s not hard to create your own interactive and mathematical artwork using the Scratch programming language. Here are some handouts from my class if you want to explore further.