Isadora Art Gallery Interactive.

I have been working on a nice little project at work. I’d rather not say too much about it just yet as it’s a bit of a secret.

But it’s basically a push button interactive that will use a webcam and Isadora. Its stand alone and fully automated. Here is a glimpse of it from the back – if you are a techy like me then you always like to see the ‘guts’ of the piece.

A 32″ samsung LED TV has been used. A standard 2015 mac mini, a HD Logitec webcam, the amazing Makey Makey original board with a commercial grade push button. All houses in a custom made frame.

I will take some more pictures and probably some video once the project is complete.

Here are a few images!
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LUX Helsinki Gallery

Lots of images and screenshots from the LUX, Helsinki Event.

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‘Reveal’ Report Part.2 [LUX – Helsinki]

If you haven’t already, please read Part 1 [HERE]

So, after about a year of planning I flew out to join Dan and two of his third year students from Guild Hall School of Drama (London) in Helsinki. The first thing that hit me was the weather; it took your breath away it was that cold. I arrived about 11:30,  after a beer I went straight to bed… but the next day we got up and went straight to the cabin.


We had a porta-cabin upon which all the computer hardware was kept. (We where lucky as some people had tents!) And this was pretty much my view for the next 6 days…

Lots of coffee cups lying about!


The first two days we had to set up, test and check the system. Then LUX was officially open and the public could all the pieces in full glory. Public viewing times where 4:00 PM until 10:00PM

We spent two days fine tuning and making the Isadora patch perfect. The sun went down about 3 so we had a short while to preview the images properly… this was from day one…

Sorry for image quality I was shaking holding my phone!

Day One

We attracted a lot of attention! So much so that people where blocking the pathway and filling up on the stairs in the image above!

People going about their daily business walking or cycling home had to stop and ask people to move out of the way. It was great to see so early on.

It became clear after only a few hours that children understood it straight away and some of the elder people took a little longer to figure out the concept and interaction. We found that a lot of people didn’t want to interact with the piece and just wanted to watch. But the flow of people made it work anyway. As people walked directly up to the cameras they soon realised that they where blocking the cameras and revealing more of the wall. We had a few dogs sniff the cameras and push buggies also looked good interacting with the wall images as they rolled by.

Some interesting observations for me including a guy swinging a white plastic bag around his head for about half an hour, a man and woman dancing like robots and a small child physically touching the wall and projected light thinking that it was somehow physically interactive.

The first night went really quick and some of the patches didn’t look as good as expected. But overall we where happy…. we then went for a beer and didn’t get home until 4 in the morning! The guys at sun effects looked after us and it was all networking (of course!).


This is just a simple technical diagram to show the workflow.

It’s not the best diagram but it gives you an idea of the layout

Mark Coniglio wins World Technology Awards 2012

I have been meaning to post this for a few weeks now; sorry for the delay but it’s still a bit talking point on the Isadora forum!

Mark Coniglio (Isadora creator)  was put forward as a candidate for the 2012 World Technology Award under The Arts category. He was up against some stiff competition. Last years winner was Marco Tempest who is famous for is magic illusions using digital/interactive media.

Myself and the rest of the Isadora users are delighted to say a huge congratulations to Mark for winning this award!

Here are some comments from Isadora users, from off the forum;

“Mark, we’ve had this discussion personally before. But I don’t separate your artistic work from isadora. Isadora is an artwork per se. Its generosity, flexibility, it’s welcoming attitude, it is a blessing for many Persons.

I’ve found a wonderful definition of what an artwork purpose is. Alain Robbe Grillet, french novelist, said that an artwork is not the defense of an idea or the desire to spread a purpose eve if it is a good one). It is simply the capacity it has to make a spectator ask him(her)self a question he didn’t know he(she) had. Before. isadora make me do this all the time. So it is an artwork. it changed me. Forever. So, of course you continue to do music and dance projects, but Isadora is Inside this production and not outside. At least for me. Techne in greek means art after all…..” (Armado)
“Congrats Mark! Well deserved! On tour everyone is always curious and impressed with what I do and its generally Isadora based. Great to hear you are getting such wonderful recognition!” (PacoTheCharm)
“A huge congrats to you, Mark! you totally deserve this. I’m so glad that the world hasn’t underestimate the amount of contribution and inspiration you’ve been bringing into the world of innovative technology in interactive/performance arts. You’ve indeed totally change the way I create art and opened up so much possibilities as an artist/collaborator. I can’t tell the world enough about how amazing this has been, yet this award speaks louder than anything that I can say. I’m so happy that this is happening and hope the isadora community will continue to grow, and I really cannot live without this software! haha.” (chimerik)
“Fantastic news!
Mark you were willing to take a chance on me, and I in turn have tried to play a positive role, supporting and promoting Izzy.
Its this down to earth, fair and human element you have brought to Isadora, and the community behind it, that makes it truly unique.
At times I feel like we are all working together.” (DusX)
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