City Built

City Built by Andrew Ringler; adapted from code by Luca Sassone Schizzo Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike, October 2nd, 2010

City Built is an algorithmically generated line-drawn city skyline created in the Processing language. City Built was shown as a projection on a building facade most evenings from 5—9pm November 15th 2019 through February 2020 in Union Square, Somerville Massachusetts. City Built is supported by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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můj-emoji, by: Alyssa Ringler + Andrew Ringler. Photograph by Alyssa Ringler
Valašské Meziříčí, Česká republika: Festival Světlo Valmez | Valmez Festival of Lights + Music September 6-7, 2019

Collaboration with Alyssa Ringler

můj-emoji was created by Alyssa Ringler and Andrew Ringler and was installed from September 6-7, 2019 at the Valmez Festival of Lights in Valašské Meziříčí, Česká republika: Festival Světlo Valmez | Valmez Festival of Lights. It was funded through a grant by the U.S. Embassy Prague, Office of Public Affairs Small Grants Program with additional sponsorship from Festival Světlo Valmez.

Artist Statement

můj-emoji​ is a public dialogue and conversation projected large, on a building facade. A question is posed in emoji, perhaps `​❤?`​ (what do you love?). Anyone nearby may open their phone, launch our custom mobile friendly web-app, using only emoji, respond to the question, or respond to the unfolding public conversation. Every few minutes a new question is posed, changing the course of the dialogue.

The entire set of emojis is custom designed by Alyssa and Andrew Ringler. Through our emoji design we are able to loosely influence the course of conversations, while leaving a tremendous depth of creative options for participants. Inspired by personal and current events we will pose questions (using emoji) on topics such as technology, communication, human rights, immigration, disinformation, gender, and more. Yet, through our use of emoji and absence of polarizing words, topics that are traditionally difficult to converse about respectfully and meaningfully, become increasingly accessible, through the ambiguity and abstraction of emoji. Our emoji gives people an expressive voice for conversation, yet are designed to be visually appropriate to an audience of all ages projected in public view.

Emoji are pictograms used in digital conversation. They first appeared digitally in 1999 on the Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo. Since then, they have become an indispensable tool for self expression appearing on all digital communication platforms. Over the past 100 years global communication has become increasingly easier with the invention of the radio, the telephone, and the Internet. What will communication look like in the next 100 years; will icons (or emoji), continue to be such an integral part of it? Will icons allow greater communication across the globe between people with differing languages?

Preparing a message with emoji requires creativity, flexibility, iteration and patience. The resulting messages will often be more abstract and open to interpretation than a message written in english (or čeština) would be. Forming messages out of such a restrictive set of icons is a challenge that becomes fun, engaging and rewarding. Similarly, interpreting messages left by others can be a fun and social challenge.

můj-emoji web-app user interface on a phone


Child drawing custom icons during můj-emoji festival workshop. Photo by Alyssa Ringler.

Slightly Structured Visual Noise

Visuals by Andrew Ringler mimic-ing the Cirque Noir Elephant on Ball logo reacting to sounds by Know Thyself by Aphrohead and Clarian from Founders of Filth Volume One Felix Da Housecat

“Slightly Structured Visual Noise” is a constantly evolving visual experience running throughout the evening at Cirque Noir X Houston X Scorpion (November 10th 2018) reacting to the DJ’s music live. “Slightly Structured Visual Noise” runs unattended as an autonomous agent-based model taking cues from the DJ’s sound in addition to following beautiful semi-harmonious gradient noise spaces like ridged multifractal, Perlin, Voronoi and spherical.

I created a set of sound-reactive Processing sketches that played throughout the evening generating unique and ever-changing visuals on multiple screens, walls and surfaces always reacting to the ever changing DJ’s beats.

Video-2-Slit-Scan App

Video-2-Slit-Scan Quick Demo.

Video-2-Slit-Scan is an App I created that allows you to create a slit-scan image from a video. It provides a graphical interface for adjusting slit position and size. Video-2-Slit-Scan can support very large videos with modest RAM since it streams in the input video and writes out the output image to disk in chunks.

Download on Github.

wellspring fords slit scan image

Photo Slices App

Photo Slices App Walk-through.

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Fruit Beets

visitors play with fruit on table

Fruit Beets is a collaboration between myself and Philip Gedarovich. Fruit Beets is an interactive sound and visual experience activated by the fruit and vegetables of festival visitors. Installed on a banquet table inside a white tent at the Somerville Agricultural Festival on October 2nd 2016. Continue reading

Tangible Programming

The Tangible Programming project was created as the result of a collaboration between Anthony Baker (Harvard Graduate School of Education), Scott Penman (MIT Architecture Design + Computation), and myself during Hiroshi Ishii’s Tangible Interface course at MIT in the Fall of 2015. We decided to use the already existing Transform table Ishii’s lab had already built to create a tactile programming language. Website Site Walkthrough.

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