LAVA at Live Performers Meeting

This January LAVA ( went to Mexico City for the LPM festival (, a three-day multimedia event featuring audiovisual performances, VJing, workshops, panel discussion, product showcases presented by hundreds of VJs, audiovisual artists, new media professionals and thinkers from around the world.

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On Thursday, January 24th, Eric Medine, Cristina Fuentes, and Tim Abad performed “8-Bit Palimpsest”, an AV set of chiptune audio (made using GameBoy Color/ LSDJ/ Korg DS-10/ Korg MS2000B) accompanied by visuals generated using hacked NES (Nintendo) game systems and kinect video game controllers to alter the shape and appearance of the performers.

Preview of our set, live at Basswerks in Los Angeles:

Eric Medine presented a workshop “Processing for iOS”, a demonstration of how to build a standard, standalone Processing application and compile it to run directly on an iPad or even iPhone, using a combination of Processing for JS, XCODE, and HTML5 to iOS compilers. Programming environment is Mac OSX, Processing for Eclipse, and XCODE with the PhoneGap/Cordova HTML5 compiler.
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On Friday and Saturday, January 25th and 26th, Eric Medine presented “Black Swans”, an installation that uses Twitter searches to power generative video. A custom-built software program runs a Twitter search of a keyword (“beautiful”, “space”, “electric”, “numbers”, etc) as its source and creates shapes based on the the resulting Tweets– length of the text, number of friends associated with the tweet, how many times it’s been re-tweeted, etc.
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