Material Engagements is a new exhibition curated by Harmony Hammond that will be run from October 27 – December 30th at Redline. I created a new augmented reality installation called Goldman Sachs where a user can point their device at a wall drawing to see what the hidden agenda is.
The app is available for Android and iOS and is called “Giant Blood Sucking Squid” in reference to my wall drawing.
Friday Oct. 26th and 27th will be the premiere of a new collaborative piece between myself and Abby Man-Yee Chan, choreographer and dancer Cai Ying at the Atlas Center in Boulder, CO. Denver artist Nichole Hongchang and I worked together for additional video footage of her ink drawings on rice paper.
Abby and Cai Ying have spent the last few weeks here in Denver planning the project and working with me to write software for the performance. We are working on some interesting ideas about childhood, modern life and technology. I’ve designed a playable Chinese board game that can be played by moving around on a floor projected image of the board. In addition, we will have a kinect controlled musical instrument that the dancers can control by their body motions. The choreography is amazing and our rehearsals at Redline and Workspace have been very productive. Looking forward to seeing this at the wonderful facilities of the Atlas Center.
Atlas Center Events Link
I created a new Apple and Android App for the Blacktop Festival here in Denver Sep. 29th. The piece is an augmented reality app that requires the viewer to point their phone/camera at a person wearing a t-shirt. The app will determine if that person is good or bad and display the results.
From the organizers:
You can hear live music or make your own art or watch a performance or run around in the grass. You can play an interactive video game or listen to a mini opera. You can buy your vegetables for the week, get your bike fixed, or read a magazine. Best part is, tickets are free (in fact, there arent any tickets).
Here are some pictures from my recent installation at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. This was an entry in the ArtPrize 2012 competition. The whole city is transformed for two weeks during ArtPrize as hundreds of artists create installations and show their work. A very fun atmosphere and event. My piece is the final installation of my Message in a Bottle concept proposal. More documentation photos will be available soon.
‘Virtual Instrument’ is going to be presented as an installation at the La Napoule’s Art Foundation show in Denver. Visitors can wave their hands and play music in front of a screen, or use an Android tablet to generate the same kind of sounds. Here is how the Foundation has described the exhibition:
Sponsored by La Napoule Art Foundation, Do You See What I See? is an exhibition and community outreach program that offers children and their families a dynamic and immersive arts experience through exposure, education, and experiential art-making.
The exhibition celebrates artwork by renowned local and national artists that is engaging, interactive, and inspiring for children. Featured work meets the standards of fine art and explores the many perspectives that inform our experience of art, asking children and adults alike “Do You See What I See?”
The exhibition will be curated to connect with a younger audience as well as adults – work w…See More
Opens Thursday, September 13, 2012
Dates: September 13-October 14, 2012
Faith Ringgold (LNAF Alum, 1990)
Will Clift (LNAF Alum, 2011)
Kate Doyle (LNAF Alum, 2009)/Andrew Binkley/Brad Gordon
Michael Gadlin (LNAF Resident, Fall 2012)
Join me for a 75 minute workshop presentation on 3D interactive design at the Colorado Creative Festival. I will go over creating 3D assets for gaming and then bringing the assets into a video game engine.
Download the lesson files here : WorkshopFiles.zip
Screen shot of BaseLayer three as used on my home page
I’ve been developing a new version of my wordpress theme for quite a while now and finally have it to a point that I like and have installed it on my site (you’re looking at it right now). There are a few artists using the theme already, and I worked with a design friend to come up with a nice, flexible overall layout. It has a stronger grid than my last design, and many more typography tools that are accessible within the WordPress admin area.
I’m giving away the theme for free and will be gradually updating the documentation to explain what it can do. For example, I personally don’t use pop-up galleries, but a lot of people use them so I have several versions of Colorbox built into the theme. Simply typing in the shortcode
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Uncategorized will be Bryan Leister’s first solo exhibition in Denver since relocating here from the Washington DC area. The exhibit will be at Ironton Gallery April 8 – May 15. The installation will include in transit, an interactive installation exhibited at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2010 which includes sensor-driven video, drawings on paper, digitally created sculptures and a new figurative painting. Large-scale prints and a new interactive work (screen shot above) created for this exhibition will explore the topic of perception and our relationship to digitally created forms.
Leister’s work covers a broad range of media, reflecting his background in design and digital art. “Uncategorized” explores organic structures and questions the classification of the organic/manufactured through procedurally generated forms and user interactions. Ernst Haeckel, in Art Forms of Nature, implied that a designed aesthetic was at work in living organisms. Many of the forms in “Uncategorized” are generated through systems of mathematics and repetition, with the resulting form becoming living and manufactured simultaneously.
When: April 8th thru May 14th, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th , 6-10 pm
Open First Friday May 6th, 7-10 pm
Where: Ironton Studios and Gallery
Denver, Co 80216
Very cool! Unity now adds Flash export to the platforms it will support. This is great news for Unity developers and should allow the production of gpu-driven Flash games. Just having the ability to code in C# and deploy to Flash is going to be super-cool!
A game-driven visual that I designed will be part of Jane Franklin’s dance performance this Wednesday at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage. You can view the performance in person or through the Kennedy Center live feed at 6PM EST. My animations are stylized Black and White children’s book looking artwork originally created for the Mouse of Amherst.