Silencing Brain Cells With Yellow and Blue Light

Silencing Brain Cells With Yellow and Blue Light

An exciting article about MIT’s discovery of “super-silencers” a process of using blue and yellow colored light as a method of treatment for abnormal brain activity. The color light manipulates Arch and Mac, light-activated proteins that help organisms make energy.

The three-pound…

The three-pound organ in your skull — with its pink consistency of Jell-o — is an alien kind of computational material. It is composed of miniaturized, self-configuring parts, and it vastly outstrips anything we’ve dreamt of building. So if you ever feel lazy or dull, take heart: you’re the busiest, brightest thing on the planet.

An uplifting quote from author and neuroscientist David Eagleman. The focus of his work is primarily perception and synesthesia. A great mind to look into for the “Perception” group. Kerri, I recommend that you check him out he co-wrote a book called “Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia”.

Class #2 Notes – Groups and Concepts!

So we did lots of work tonight in class –


We learned about the amazing tools at our fingertips through the library with Greg Wallace:

  • drilling down a topic to get more and more specific
  • when searching the web beware top links
  • wikipedia – crowd-sourced, general good start but you need to check refereneces
  • refine web search idea – dream
  • use science books taht have been published in the last 5 years
  • we have access to several databases with massart account – CREDO seemed most useful to us.
  • keep a bibliography of your work!!
  • leonardo online
  • text to speech option!!


Lina Giraldo came in and walked us through the steps we’ll need to take to get this all done. Mood Boards, Story boards, group dynamics, and many examples of BIG screens! She’ll be putting her notes and links up on the site.


We decided on the groups!   and groups scheduled their first meetings.

Creative Process

  • Nicole Dube
  • Nicole Barron
  • Danielle
  • Lila


  • Annalisa
  • Esther
  • Samo
  • Kelsey
  • Jenna
  • Cole

What we don’t know about the Brain 

  • Megan
  • Greg
  • Stephan
  • Kerri
  • Jesslyn
  • Allie


Homework for next week – write a poem to be read in the dome.

See you next class at the MOS at 3!

Game plan


In order to have a successful project we need to follow some simple steps that are going to help us of stay on track given the limited time we have.

In this world, where we are surrounded by digital information, storytelling is a key element for a successful piece. Storytelling helps you reach your audience clearly and understand what are the key elements you need in order to create your piece.

This piece will be designed for the public, so we need to make sure the audience understands what we are trying to say. We need to create a final product that looks polished and compelling. Remember: Keep It Simple!

The group needs to get together, brainstorm, develop their concept, storyboard, plan and create.

You need to get together and make sure everybody in the group knows what are the best skills you have, so every person gives their best.

Example: who is good at editing, writing, special effects, performance, organizing, communication, etc. Every single one of you needs to work in harmony to create a successful piece.

Key points to a good start:

– Contact information

– Work in Google documents

– Contribute to the Blog

– Establish roles (Wrangler, writer, editor, sound, lighting, etc.)


About Me

My name is Lina Maria Giraldo and I’m an interactive media artist and interaction designer. I’m passionate about storytelling, data visualization and doing research on media content. Social and environmental issues inspire me as well as nature. I have fun playing with interactivity in screens both small and large.  Currently I’m learning every day from my 4-month-old daughter.

I did my undergraduate in Mass College of Art where I majored in SIM. I did my master at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University, where I majored in Interactive Telecommunications with in an emphasis in storytelling.

In the last couple of years I was one of the interaction designers, content developer and producer of the website, which obtained two gold awards in education outreach in both the W3 and AAM Awards. I‘ve been selected twice to screen at the Marquee in the Convention Center, where Jared Bowen of WGBH interviewed me on my piece Rain. I just finished installing a solo show at the Hollister Gallery at Babson College.

Please visit my website if you want to know more about my work:

Lets start

As I mentioned before, I’m going to talk about the tools we are going to need to make this process smooth.

– Concept Development

– Mood Board

– Story Board

– Timeline

– Big Screens Inspirations

Concept Development

1. Ask questions that are going to help you tell a story.

What do you want to tell the audience?

What is the best media to express your idea?

Who are your spectators?

What is your goal?

2.Do research, put it together and note down your thoughts.

3.WRITE your conclusions; start sketching your story with words, make a list of keywords.

4. Know your partners’ skills and make a list of the hardware and software you are going to need

Mood Board- Inspiration Boards  

This is a collage of all your inspirations, influences, and dreams. It could be artists, musicians, performances, web artists, concepts, talks, colors, etc.

Why Mood Boards are relevant?

– It saves you time

– You get a feeling of colors and composition

– It complements what are you writing (A picture is worth of thousands words)

– It’s great to establish the aesthetics, looks and feel

– Use the right tool that fits your style

(sample and process mood board)


* Choose the right format for your Mood board: Paper and scissors, video, pinterest, etc.


In form of illustrations or images displaying a sequence with the objective of previewing your project

They are a great tool to develop your ideas and not get caught in the technical challenges.

They are usually drawn by pencil but you can do it with photos, collages or sounds, etc.

Start timing and making a list of your technical needs

Key points:

Write your final story

Lay down your story step by step

Index cards are great to work in group, because you can arrange them and move the story around

Storyboard template

Story Board Samples (word document)


Final Demo

Storyboarding for full dome:

Sample of storyboarding for full dome×2.jpg


Screen shot 2013-01-28 at 11.05.10 PM


Mood Board

Concept Development


Software (after effects, sound 5.1, maya, fcp, sound editing)

Contacts (Eric Freeman , Jason Fletcher, Lina Giraldo)

Hardware (HD Camera, Slow motion Cameras wide lenses 8mm to 10mm,)





Stage manager


Samples of bigscreens/ projections

Performance and video


Immersive experiences

Projection from 2009


Interactive Billboard

Physical computing Interaction

MCCA Marquee

Dream believers harness the power of nightly mind games

Interesting article on dreams, since we discussed it last class. Some people believe our subconscious minds can solve our more conscious problems.

Mysticism and Logic – by Bertrand Russell

“Metaphysics, or the attempt to conceive the world as a whole by means of thought, has been developed, from the first, by the union and conflict of two very different human impulses, the one urging men towards mysticism, the other urging them towards science. Some men have achieved greatness through one of these impulses alone, others through the other alone: in Hume, for example, the scientific impulse reigns quite unchecked, while in Blake a strong hostility to science co-exists with profound mystic insight. But the greatest men who have been philosophers have felt the need both of science and of mysticism: the attempt to harmonize the two was what made their life, and what always must, for all its arduous uncertainty, make philosophy, to some minds, a greater thing than either science or religion.”

One of my favorite collection of essays.
— Jason Fletcher