Author Options:

Programmers can you help me? Answered

Programmer for an art project? I can give you an excellent opportunity to learn some things about insect detectors, and to challenge your creativity! I need a some help from a programmer/ technical person for my art project (immediately)- Short about the project: The Project is planned for the end exam exhibition at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, June/ July 2008, but might also be shown at later occasions. The work is an installation with video projections, machines and live insects. A box is located on the top of a pedestal. The box contains crane flies, which will be seen through a small window. The crane fly's movements are intercepted by sensors which translates the movements to commands for a machine. The walls in the room are covered by video projections. By means of wires, the machine can move around in the whole room. Technically what I need is: Through an actometer (insect movement detector) the electric impulses created by the movement of the insects, can be viewed in a software on a computer. What i need to do is to use the graph of movements in the software to send output commands to a machine (made by me, controlled by Remote controlls). I am not sure of how this can be done in the best way possible, but I have some suggestions which I can explain more precisely later on. I am looking for someone who have knowledge in terms of programming, and could be able to come up with a good solution, as well as maybe collaborating/ helping me out with my project. Please let me know if you are interested, know someone or know where I should go to meet the right people here in amsterdam. All answers are appreciated! Thank you in advance Andrea


The forums are retiring in 2021 and are now closed for new topics and comments.

12 years ago

Your project is quite intriguing, yet I fear it's hardware is so very specific that it's difficult to help you. More information might shake some ideas loose: -- What do actometer graphs look like? -- Single or multiple actometers? -- One insect, or several? -- Is there a "raw format" for the data? (ungraphed) -- Preferred programming language? -- Interfaces (actometer->computer->controls)? -- Is the actometer tied to specific software? Perhaps most import: -- Have you made any comparison benchmarks? As in: quantity of insects, amount of activity, etc? And how that effects the data? Without details, it's pretty tough to speculate...