Creative Technology Consulting
MMO for children
Artist Cai Guo-Qiang wanted to create an online world where the children of East Asia could meet, play and learn together. For this he brought me on to help direct the project.
I had the opportunity to help develop the initial proposal, produce promotional videos, recruit and then direct the development team.
The game is a workshop-based world where children can meet, explore, chat, and make artistic creations.
This project had an interesting challenge, we wanted the children to relate to each other without having nationality or geography being part of the relationship. So we developed an iconic language so that the children could chat with each other without being mediated by local languages.
The world is expansive, and will keep growing as new workshops are added to it over time, mostly coinciding with different museum shows.
Conservation and restoration of a new media art piece.
Artist Paul Ramirez Jonashis piece in 2003.
The piece itself is described as a computer generated video signal on three identical monitors depicting the countdown to the next sunrise for 90 cities around the world, modeled after arrival and departure displays from airports and train stations.
Interactive system design, live generated images for the Opera
Spoleto May 2015
This opera blends Western and Chinese traditions in a poetic story that evokes both the stories of the Garden of Eden and the Peony Pavillion. The Opera, composed by Huang Ruo, directed and designed by Jennifer Wen Ma and with librettos by Ji Chao, follows a woman whose voice activates a world where her search for an unattainable ideal takes place.
Custom software development, custom video player for the Window Installation at the New York Mikimoto store during the 2014 Holiday Season
Fireflies dance over a paper garden creating an illusion of an underwater fairy tale.
Jennifer Wen Ma was tasked with creating the Holiday display for the Mikimoto store as a part of a larger partnership Mikimoto maintains with the Asian Cultural Council. We took inspiration from the installation Opera Paradise Interrupted we were working on. I used a version of Cocuyo, the software I created for the Opera, to generate the fireflies that we then projected on to the paper garden. I also designed the projection system and created a tiny video player to project these videos from a very small space within the wall.
Installation -Guangzhou December 2013
6 hanging scrolls, video projection, ipad dock
A piece made for Audi during the Audi Innovation for Future Mobility in Guangzhou, China with Jennifer Wen Ma.
The piece is a projection on six hanging scrolls. Users approach a console with two ipads
Workshop and performance
Performa Institute - November 2013
Paradise Interrupted is an opera in development that presents a world activated by a lone voice in search of an unattainable ideal. For Performa this opera was presented as a workshop in which Jennifer Wen Ma created a large-scale three-dimensional wall garden in paper, had a public workshop of the opera in progress and concluded with a couple of performances by Qian Yi set within the paper garden and interactive projections on the garden.
Large Scale Installation
National Aquatics Stadium, Beijing, China
This is a great project I worked on by Jennifer Wen Ma ( I did the creative technology direction )
We are controlling the individual "bubbles" surrounding the structure. Each day has it's own different animation based on the I-ching, modified by the mood of the day on Weibo, the Chinese twitter.