Aaron Koblin  
 
Unnumbered Sparks
Unnumbered Sparks    
   

A monumental interactive sculpture in the sky. Choreographed by visitors in real time through their mobile devices, the sculpture is a crowd-controlled visual artwork on a giant, floating canvas. A collaboration with Janet Echelman premiered at the TED conference in 2014.

   
     
Light Echoes
Light Echoes    
   

Traces of light are broadcast onto landscapes by a laser aboard a moving train. Space and time are collapsed into images which document the historical pulses of data in the form of light reflecting off earth and matter. A collaboration with Ben Tricklebank and part of Doug Aitken's Station to Station.

   
     
Just a Reflektor
Just a Reflektor    
   

An interactive short film combining physical control via mobile device and hardware accelerated video effects. Set to Arcade Fire's song "Reflektor," the experience takes place across multiple devices and utilizes many modern browser features. A collaborative effort with Google Creative Lab and Vincent Morisset.

   
     
This Exquisite Forest
This Exquisite Forest    
   

An online collaborative art project that lets users create short animations which build off one another as they explore a specific theme. The result is a collection of branching narratives. A collaboration with Chris Milk, The Tate Modern, and Google Creative Lab. Presented at the Tate Modern in 2012.

   
     
This Exquisite Forest
The Single Lane Superhighway    
   

An experiment in communal creativity. In The Single Lane Superhighway a simple browser-based drawing tool tempted visitors to draw a car facing to the right. The project was completed upon reaching 50,000 hand-drawn cars which continue to drive in a never-ending parade.

   
     
3 Dreams Of Black
3 Dreams Of Black    
   

An interactive WebGL film featuring the song "Black" by Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi, Jack White, and Norah Jones. A collaborative effort with Google Creative Lab and Chris Milk.

   
     
The Wilderness Downtown
The Wilderness Downtown    
   

An interactive HTML5 short created with data and images around the neighborhood you grew up in. Set to Arcade Fire's song "We Used to Wait," the experience takes place through choreographed browser windows and utilizes many modern browser features. A collaborative effort with Google Creative Lab and Chris Milk.

   
     
The Johnny Cash Project
The Johnny Cash Project    
    Participants are invited to create a drawing that is woven into a collective tribute to Johnny Cash, set to his song "Ain't No Grave." The project was inspired by the song's central lyric, "ain't no grave gonna hold my body down," and represents Cash's continued existence, even after his death, through his music and his fans. The work continues to grow and evolve as more people participate. A collaboration with director Chris Milk.
   
     
Bicycle Built for Two Thousand
Bicycle Built for Two Thousand    
    2,088 voice recordings collected from online workers assembled into the song "Daisy Bell" - the first example of computer synthesized vocals. Each individual was prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard without knowledge of the final task. A collaboration with Daniel Massey.
   
     
Radiohead House of Cards
House of Cards    
    Lasers and sensors were used to scan the band Radiohead into a three-dimensional particle-driven data experience. The code and data are available on Google Code as an open source "music video without video" project.
   
 
ten thousand cents
Ten Thousand Cents    
    Ten Thousand Cents is a digital artwork that creates a representation of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill without knowledge of the overall task. Workers were paid one cent each via Amazon's Mechanical Turk distributed labor tool. The total labor cost to create the bill, the artwork being created, and the reproductions available for purchase are all $100. The work is presented as an interactive/video piece with all 10,000 parts being drawn simultaneously. The project explores the circumstances we live in, a new and uncharted combination of digital labor markets, "crowdsourcing," "virtual economies," and digital reproduction. A collaboration with Takashi Kawashima.
   
 
eCloud
eCloud    
    A dynamic sculpture inspired by the volume and behavior of an idealized cloud. Made from polycarbonate tiles that can fade between transparent and opaque states, its patterns are transformed periodically by real time weather data from around the world. An installation in the San José International Airport with collaborators Dan Goods of NASA's JPL, and Nik Hafermaas of Art Center College of Design.
   
 
NYTE
New York Talk Exchange    
   

Visualizations for the New York Talk Exchange, a project by the Senseable City Lab at MIT for the MoMA.
New York Talk Exchange illustrates the global exchange of information in real time by visualizing volumes of AT&T long distance telephone and IP (Internet Protocol) data flowing between New York and cities around the world.

   
 
the sheep market
The Sheep Market    
   

The Sheep Market is a collection of 10,000 sheep made by workers on Amazon's Mechanical Turk.
Workers were paid 0.02 ($USD) to "draw a sheep facing to the left." Animations of each sheep's creation may be viewed at TheSheepMarket.com

   
 
Flight Patterns
Flight Patterns    
   

Data from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration processed to create animations of flight traffic patterns and density.

   
 

 

 

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