The Title! Everybody talk about it!

During the PR Meeting we came up with two options for the title, “Sentient Flow”  and “Sentient”.

Since it was consensus that most people do not know want sentient means, I will give you the definition below, but also propose the idea to have an ink blot test (Rorschach test), which would form an abstracted brian as the background image for the post card/pamflet to further clarify.


[sen-shuhnt] adjective

1.having the power of perception by the senses; conscious.

2.characterized by sensation and consciousness.

3.a person or thing that is sentient.
4.Archaic. the conscious mind.
1595–1605;  < Latin sentient-  (stem of sentiēns,  present participle ofsentīre  to feel), equivalent to senti-  verb stem + -ent-
So tell us how y’all feel in comments or during the next class.

Non-class March 27

So, for those of  you that wanted to meet at 4 this day, what did you want to discuss? Did you want to take a look again at your videos and critique? do research on the your topics? talk about the ticket pricing again?

several students will be meeting with Karina to get going on PR materials. and some will be going to MOS to meet Berred. Who will be left to meet at 4?

Please advise.


Class at MOS – March 20 2013


Testing video drafts in the dome tonight.  You can see the 3 groups in the dome player interface below. Jason has been renaming all the students files in an organized way so that he can keep track of each version. 2 out 3 groups managed to get there files uploaded to the class’ dropbox folder earlier in the day so that Jason could get everything downloaded in time for class.



Class March 20 at the Planetarium!

This wednesday we are meeting at the planetarium at 3:15. Below is the schedule of our evening.

3:15 – 4:15  Meeting with Nita and Karina in the cafeteria

4:15 – 5:45 Groups presentations in the Dome – your video and sound files should be uploaded to the drop box by tomorrow. Please ask if you need help with this!

5:45 – 6:00 Break

6:00 – 6:45 Donald Burgy Talk part 1

6:45 – 7:00 Break

7:00 – 7:45 Donald Burgy Talk part 2

Please read “A Pair of Connected Galaxies” by Donald Burgy in preparation. 

Donald Burgy is an artist in Wellesley, Massachusetts, born in New York City in 1937. He earned a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a MFA from Rutgers University. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller National Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, and Massachusetts Council on the Arts. His work has been exhibited in Information at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Concept Art at Stadtiches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany, and Third Conference on Planetology and Space Mission Planning, New York Academy of Sciences, New York. His work includes a book entitled, Art Ideas for the Year 4000, published by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. Burgy taught in the SIM department at MassArt for many years and was the co-creator of the original “Nature, Science and Art” class at the college.

Hope you all got a bit of rest! Looking forward to reconnecting.

March 6 class!

Greetings all!

you have some homework due tomorrow:

Mid Term Self Evaluation –

Please email me or bring to class by tomorrow.


3:00 – 4:30 i will hand out Burgy reading, collect your evals, and hear about your progress. We will also discuss more some live performative ideas.

4:30 – 5:00 break.

5:00 – 6:00 individual meetings with Lina and myself.

6:00 – 7:30 Jason will be visiting to demo dome filter and other things.


Feb 27 Class at MOS!

Tonight we want to have quicktime mov files to play on the dome! no matter WHAT they look like. square round low res slideshow. whatever. and it would be great to have some audio ideas too – appropriated snippets talking sampled sounds. whatever.  Please let us know if you are are stuck. We want to use our limited time at the MOS well.

Also you will probably have some work time as a group tonight at the MOS so bring your laptops or whatever you might need.

And as Lina suggested we should spend some time talking about the performative aspects of the show too.  We will also discuss PR tonight.

See you later!


Class #4- a few afterthoughts

What an amazing class time with you all tonight!

I had a couple of thoughts that we didn’t address in class which I think are important:

Live Performance -I noticed that most of our discussion tonight seemed to be focused on the dome video production with some discussion of sound – this makes sense as these elements are the most technically daunting. However I encourage you to not forget the power and opportunity of  live action in the audience, in the aisles, in the circular space around the central equipment island, as folks enter the space, as they exit.  These live action elements (spoken word, live sounds, movement, someone rolling across the floor wearing white.. whatever) should be included in your story board. even in the most undeveloped way.

Found Footage – Remember that you don’t have to create all original footage. You can appropriate, borrow, and sample from video sources on dvd and online. Much of the animation intensive representations you are interested in (worm holes!) could be borrowed. just site your sources! look for video footage coming out of science labs studying visual perception and brain science.

Can’t wait to see what is next!