The show airs on Feb. 14 2009 on public television, all across America. Here’s the video….
Sample Works by Ali Momeni
- Smoke and Hot Air (2008)
in collaboration with Robin Mandel
Installation for smoke-ring quartet, synthesized voice, electronics and microcontroller
- Table Settings (2008)
in collaboration with David Bithell
Live table-top musical theater performance
- For Air, For Water (2008)
in collaboration with Da Wei Xu
- Animal Warmth (#28, Now is the Time) (2008)
Installation for carbon filament light bulbs, electronics and real-time software
- Minneapolis Art on Wheels (2008)
Public Arts Collective formed and led by Ali Momeni
See this page for the "About Us" information, or explore the MAW site.
- Wall Whisperer (2008)
- Eyes and Ears and the Truth it self (No People Allowed) (2008)
In collaboration with Jenny Schmid
- What Paint Doesn’t (2007-8)
Sample Course Syllabi and Student work by Ali Momeni
I am committed to using technology in my teaching. With the help of the pedagogic tools available at the University of Minnesota, I have conducted all of my courses thus-far in a mostly paper-free manner. All course syllabi, reading assignments, references and student works are on-line. Below you will find directed links to my course materials; please use the digital copy of this document with a computer connected to the internet.
- COLA 1521/3521/4521 Collaboratory I: Collaborative Research Laboratory (Fall 2008)
- COLA 1001: The Art of Collaboration (Fall 2008)
Class Blog and Course Information/Syllabus
- ARTS 5670: Interdisciplinary New Media Collaborations: Teating Time (Spring 2008)
Class Blog and Course Information/Syllabus
- COLA 3950/5950: Art for the People, Art on Wheels (Spring 2008)
Class Blog and Course Information/Syllabus
Some Sample Student Works
- ARTS 3603/5630: Experimental Video (Fall 2007)
Class Blog and Course Information/Syllabus
Some Sample Student Works
While spending pre-thanks giving night, pre-into-birthday night-morning at Kitchen Budapest, things are looking up on the Dzeny Shoot out front. Here’s a lil demo of: iPhone’s accelerometers into ali’s parameter spaces, implemented in max/msp into kibu’s Animata into Jenski‘s big headed people.
As a founding faculty member of the Collaborative Arts program, my colleagues and I have devised the major/minor requirements, established the core curriculum, created the fundamental COLA 1001 course, as well as a number of to-be-permanent course, currently offered as workshops (among the Art for the People/Art on Wheels, the precursor to MAW.
Spring 2008, Fall 2008
Together with the two other core faculty of COLA, Michael Sommers and Guerino Mazzola, and our director Michael Cherlin, we finalized and submitted the following:
1) Requirements for a COLA major in the CLA
2) Description of the COLA Fundamentals course (i.e. COLA 1001, The Art of Collaboration). The course is approved, and will be co-taught by all COLA core faculty.
Fall 2008: After a convincing argument to the department, delivered by myself and Jenski at the faculty retreat in Feb. 2007, I was appointed chair of the Public Image/Web Presence committee.
The College of liberal arts has approved (and funded) a major update of the West Bank Arts Quarter (including Arts, Music, Theater and Dance, and Collaborative Arts). The college has hired the services of bswing to evaluate the usage and needs of the arts departments websites.
I met with bswing on a number of occasions for interviews and discussions. They seem to be asking the right questions, though their focus seems to be the West Bank Arts Quarter, as opposed to the departments that make up the WBAQ.
According to the presentation on bswing on Dec. 4, 2008, the WBAQ remains only a geographical indication, while the needs of the websites for independent departments remain many, diverse and sometimes overlapping. The next stage will be a graphical presentation of a web-site by bswing to the WBAQ-wide committee to which I am the Art Department representative.
Supporting Materials are here.
The wonderful new Minneapolis arts organization Norther Lights is beginning to take off.
Working with Motors:
Excellent stepper motor:
Source for premade driver boards:
Futurlec Electronics (Thailand)
Basic Electronics Resources
ITP (Tom Igoe) Sensor Reports – plus implementation code for PIC microcontrollers
Protolab Sensor Tutorial – uses arduino microcontrollers for examples
Electronics Retailers and Surplus
Fall 2008: I served on the Curriculum Committee in the department of art. Our main considerations were:
1) re-evaluation of major project for the BFA track; after consideration of all feedback from students and instructors, we decided to recommend to the department to break the class into a number of options: 1st, an “Art and Life” course, much in the style of the present “Art in the Twin Cities” course; as many of the BFAs do not go on to pursue careers in the arts, a fitting cap-stone course would be to assure that the know their local art world well and have experienced it aesthetically and critically. Another option would be an advanced studio; most BFAs do not get a lot of studio experience in our department (more than P are transfer students). An additional upper level studio would allow them valuable time to develop their voice
2) re-consideration of the Public Spaces position for grads: the last three graduate students have quit this position due to its unrealistic demands. A potential solution can be to make the BFA show juried, and therefore smaller.
3) re-consideration of the 2-year language requirement for BFAs. This question is to be investigated further
Fall 2008: ART 8400: Theoretical Constructions in Contemporary Art
First Year Graduate Seminar
Professors: Ali Momeni, Jenny Schmid
This course focuses on theories of contemporary art and how they have created a foundation for current art practices. In addition to reflecting on theory, this class seeks to collectively explore new paradigms in the ways that artists are working today- through the creation of collectives, the globalized community and artist-as-curator model. Can post-modernism shift to not just operate as a resistance against an historical Western paradigm, but rather formulate new approaches that are based in a globalized, less provincial and more dynamic way of thinking?
Fall 2008: COLA 1001: The Art of Collaboration
Professors: Guerino Mazzola, Ali Momeni, Michael Sommers
This introductory course presents the characteristics and the challenges of collaboration through three representative approaches from the visual arts, music, and theater. The course unfolds around concrete problematic situations arising from the project of a collaborative and multimedia-enhanced project.
The class includes lectures by guest artists as well as exploration of the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities.
Fall 2008: COLA 1521/3521/4521: The Art of Collaboration
Professors or record: Ali Momeni,
Participating professors: Guerino Mazzola, Michael Sommers
A collaborative creative environment where over the course of a semester, students from different disciplines create a installation or performance that expresses their independent and collective talents and interests.
Find more information on the class blog.
An article by Chris Clayton on MAW in the Seattle Business Monthly…
Between July 21-25 of 2008, I taught the 13th annual MaxMSP Night School, hosted by CNMAT. This was the 9th year I taught at the night school, crazy!
I have posted all course material on CNMAT’s 2008 Max/MSP Night School page.
After party for the Minneapolis Bicycle Film Festival, got a few moments to paint the wall with light….
get there at 2pm,
ping pong from 3 to 5pm,
block party ’til 2am:
MAW knows how to make it last…
I was recommended by UMN Vice President Steven Rosenstone to Weismann Art Museum Director Lyndel King to serve on the advisory committee for the museums expansion project.
The project involves the construction of several new gallery spaces, as well as a “Target Collaborative Studio”, on the front side of the museum.
The project should be completed by 2010.
“University of Minnesota professor Ali Momeni and his students are on their way to San Jose’s Zero1 Festival later this week with their mobile projection units. The mobile projection units are GRL-inspired work bikes equipped with a computer, projector, generator and all other necessary gear for outdoor projection mayhem, which will be used during The UnConvention…”
I gave a lecture to a class of bright eyed Carletonites, makes me miss Swarthmore College….
Here is the announcement.
Minneapolis Art on Wheels, people!
I was invited by Vice President for Scholarly and Cultural Affairs, Steven Rosenstone, to be a part of the 6-member technology advisory committee for the ambitious re-design of Northrop Hall, one of the oldest buildings on the UMN Twin Cities Campus.
We collectively came up with a list of wants, needs and ideas; they include: the maximization of public spaces, the allocation of the best spaces in the building to those public spaces, the need for a highly wired building, the possibility to use the outside of the building (e.g. projections) as well as the inside, the possibilities of visualizing the activity inside the space on the outside architecture.
Benjamin M. Johnson has been appointed to the position of Concerts and Lectures at the University of Minnesota, here‘s the announcement.
Minneapolis Art on Wheels, people.
Check us out….
Time to try her out out doors, in this case, on the Barker Center for Dance, with Tyler Hallet’s groovy visuals on the bottom…
I give in.
I’m going to learn Flash.
Not exactly finished but a good start, as well as a good ending considering TV on the Radio just ended, and it’s 4am, people!
I’ve been working on some software and electronics for Robin Mandel in order to realize his Storm. First I made a Arduino-MIDI-output-translator application that converted MIDI out of GarangeBand to on and offs on the Arduino’s Digital Outputs. Then I integrated the MIDI playback into the translator application.
But ultimately, best if the Arduino simply did it all, this way the Storm installation can run without a computer. The latest implementation does just that: first you translate the midi-file to a text format; then you load it on the the arduino as a part of a sketch; the sketch also integrates a potentiometer for setting the threshold of the light-sensor, and an LEd on pin 13 that gives visual feed-back about passing the threshold.
There are a couple of ingredients:
-A Stand-alone application that converts MIDI to a peculiar text file format. Get it here.
-An Arduino Sketch that takes care of the playback from the score, as well as the triggering using a light-sensor. Get that here.
Here’s a video:
and here’s the circuit, close up.
An arrangement for Arduino MaxMSP circuit so that blocking the light will turn on the storm. With the new MaxMSP patch, a photosensitive resistor is used to start/stop playback of a MIDI file that is a composition for Robin‘s electro-mechanical storm machine.
Here’s the circuit….
I have been invited by Steve Dietz, Director of the festival, to take the Minneapolis Art on Wheels posse to the 2008 ZERO1 Festival. The 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge will take place in San Jose, Cali, between June 4 and June 8.
Peter, TJ, Tyler and myself will trek west in a big truck and be there for the festivities. Along the way, we’ll make 10 or so stops in natural, rustic, sub-urban and urban settings to make some projections.
Plan is to leave around May 27, 2008, and return by around June 11th….
Mount Rushmore, here we come…
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So i’m teaching this class where we built a bunch of fancy mobile projection unites.
Check us out at our first official outing during the 2008 Spark Festival .
Had many many troubles with this “programmer not responding” bull shit, but got it going eventually… still doesn’t exactly stay up for hours.
(i.e. get in touch if you’re one of the other brave few trying it!)
Video documentaiton of a panel discussion on Feb. 13, 2:30-4:30pm, in Regis Art Center’s In-flux space.
The participants were the following:
-Mary Altman, Minneapolis Art Commission Public Arts Coordinator (confirmed)
-Mike Hoyt, Director of Kulture Klub (confirmed)
-Nora Paul, Director of the Institute for New Media Studiesat the U of M (confirmed)
-Jim Nystrom, UMN Police officer responsible for West Bank and Athletic Facilities (confirmed)
-Tracy Smith, UMN General Council Attorney in charge of student activities (confirmed)
-Steve Johnson, UMPD Deputy Chief
I acted as a moderator for the first segment of the panel discussion (about one hour); we then open the discussion to questions and answers for another hour.
Here’s a video of a lecture by me (now at the Interdisciplinary Program for Collaborative Arts at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis), where I gave an overview of my work. Lots of interesting things!
I was invited to give a lecture on my work as a part of the UMN Electrical and Computer Engineering Department‘s colloquia series.
Below, a video recording of the lecture….
This track is a good representation of how we roll here at the south shores, people.
The editable MaxMSP patch (and many more things) are a part of aLib. You will find the patch in the “for controllers” folder, within the “Arduino” section.
Many thanks to Nick Mariette for his help…
I’m teaching a course along with Professor Doug Geers from the School of Music, on the topic of treating time. The course is titled Interdisciplinary Media Collaborations: Treating Time and here is the course description.
I received a grant from University of Minnesota’s CLA-OIT to support a course I devised inspired by Graffiti Research Lab. The course is titled Art for the people/Art on Wheels here’s the course description.
I am immeasurably excited about the possibilities of the course…
At last, thanks to my main man Mark Knierim, a map of this incredible facility call Regis Art Center.
Mark also told me about the Four Gates of Speech among his many wise words…
Here is the full size image.
Some cats coming to the 2008 Spark Festival have been asking about the spaces we have available. Here are a few panoramics of the performance and installation spaces around the West Bank Arts Quarter. Look at the full size picture for a description of the location.
Some panoramics from the recent trip to Guatemala and Columbia.
The”main instructor” refers to you Ali Momeni, whereas the guest lecturers refer to the invitees who began the classes and presented on Friday night.
Most questions are to be answered on a scale of 1 to 7; unless otherwise noted, 1 represents the worst rating and 7 the best. Ideally you should leave no questions unanswered!
Click here for the evaluation results.
A library of abstractions and java scripts for Max/MSP; part of my doctoral dissertation from UC Berkeley. aLib is organized by category and folders and contains many help-files as documentation. aLib is currently under beta testing. Please forward all comments to Ali. Update 06.2009: new slim and friendly aLib; many things removed, the best kept; includes latest pattr space interpolation work…