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Shared Control System: Max/MSP/Jitter, Arduino and Sensors With Blake Carrington
March 4 / 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Gibney Dance 280 Broadway


Blake Carrington will be demonstrating his “Shared Control System”–A body-worn wireless sensor that can use light, sound and movement triggers to manipulate audio and video events in Max/MSP/Jitter. Through a series of hands-on demonstrations, he will demonstrate the system and introduce the class to the basics of the Arduino prototyping platform and it’s uses for live performance.

Blake Carrington (b. 1980) works within the spheres of the sound, visual and performing arts. As a sound artist he writes and performs original audiovisual compositions and has released two full-length albums. Parallel to his work in the experimental/electronic music context, he has had solo visual art exhibitions at VisArts Rockville, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and Central Utah Art Center. These exhibitions feature a range of work from inkjet painting to video installation using custom software systems, all in dialogue with sound in a more conceptual way. Working collaboratively, he has created and performed concert visuals with Patti Smith and Soundwalk Collective, co-founded a platform for contemporary video art projections in public spaces called Urban Video Project that featured the work of Trevor Paglen, Jill Magid and many others, and co-founded a label for silkscreen printmaking called Personal Desire Propaganda that featured the work of 35 artists. In 2013 he received a Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant to study media arts in Japan, and was a 2014-2015 NYFA Fellow in Electronic Arts. Since 2015 he has been Assistant Professor of Interactive Arts in Pratt Institute’s Dept of Digital Arts.

The Digital Technology Initiative has received lead support from the Scherman Foundation’s Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund, support from the Dance and New Media Foundation, and capital equipment funding from The New York City Council & The Honorable Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, The Honorable City Council Member Margaret Chin, The Honorable Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs & The Honorable Tom Finkelpearl. The Digital Technology Initiative is a partnership with New York University’s Dance and New Media Program (Paul Galando, Director), the Dance Films Association and the Dance and New Media Foundation.