GVU Center Brown Bag, Mary Ann Weitnauer: Raise Your Hand – An Electrical Engineer’s First Effort at Interactive Multimedia Digital Art
The Raise Your Hand exhibit, shown in the lobby of the Ferst Center on 1-14 November, 2022, used LIDAR and camera-based pose detection from participants to control parameters in Arduino-controlled mechatronics and in original music and video. The combination of interactive mechatronics along with interactive music and video distinguish this exhibit different from many other reported interactive art installations in recent years. The purpose of the exhibit was to entertain participants and to investigate what aspects of the exhibit were most effective. The talk will describe the exhibit and the results collected from four focus groups and 200+ online survey responses.
Mary Ann Weitnauer has been a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech since 1989 and was Senior Associate Chair there from 2016-2021. After decades of wireless communication research and some teaching of design courses, often involving art, she decided in 2021 to begin, with Tom Martin of GTRI, the Electronic ARTrium VIP team, and shifted her focus to interactive digital art with mechatronics, music, and video.