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36 Views at Ingenuity Fest – Report

July 14th, 2009

The Artists First off, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support art, music and technology in Cleveland. I feel very proud to have been part of such an event. Not only was the public curious and interested in everything that was going on, even the fellow artists, musicians and technologists were eager to enjoy the whole festival.

But now, down to it.

36 View of a Bridge

The main question everyone had when I got back to work on Monday was, “how did it go?”

It went Awesomely.

Sure, there were a few kinks to work out at first. Two of the videos were still being converted to h.246 compressed videos so they could be played by flash in HD. And the voting on the table had a few bugs because of the missing videos. But Alex and Andy got them wrapped up ASAP and in they went.

Smoooooth sailing from then on, right? Well, not exactly.

The multi-touch table was wrapped in a cloth for appearance sake, and I didn't realize how much heat it would trap in. Within 2 hours, the mirror I was using to reflect the projector slowly started to melt off of the frame that was holding it! Oh boy, quickly I got a block of wood to secure the bottom section and grabbed the duct tape (duct tape is my personal hero in times like this). Mirror is back on track and luckily I never nudged the camera so the calibration was only off by what looked like 1/4 inch—not horrible. And aside from that, only the Flash on the multi-touch table got a little overwhelmed a few times over the course of the weekend.

Saturday morning. Got the iPhone voting functioning—that was yet another highlight of day. People were capable of voting for videos outside of the exhibit if they felt so inclined. And it was cool to see the playlist randomly change order at any given time the table.

On Sunday the entire setup ran error-free for 5 hours and 59 minutes! Not bad for a first time art/tech exhibitor, in my opinion.
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