This project's funding goal was not reached on June 3, 2012.
About this project
There will be three phases of the Dynamic Symbolism Project. This Kickstarter campaign will fund the First Edition. Any contributions that exceed $5,000 will be put towards funding the Second Edition.
You can participate in the creation of a new art form using my original paintings and touch screen technology. People look at my Dynamic Symbolism paintings and see different symbols, some which are new even to me. The Dynamic Symbolism Project is aimed at exploring human perception. Where do these images come from? Why do you perceive something different from what I see when we look at the same shapes? How do culture and personal experiences influence our senses?
Dynamic Symbolism Project, First Edition: iPad app
We will develop a multitouch screen web-based application that allows viewers to look at a Dynamic Symbolism painting, touch on shapes and highlight an image they recognize. The viewers can then name their image, for example: butterfly or horse, and type a comment related to the image. The highlighted images and comments are saved to an online database. Once they are done, viewers can scroll through images that other people have seen using either a menu list or a carousel view with right and left arrow buttons. This first edition of the app will be available for iPad users to investigate. It is also a tool for the artist to demonstrate the idea to museum curators and gallery owners interested in creating large touch screen art installations. (See phase 3). The first edition of the Dynamic Symbolism Project will include one painting, Fertility by Sally Rayn.
Information about the Technology:I will be working with app developer Benjamin Pender at Madrone Studios in San Francisco. Divisions in the paintings will be defined by vector mapping each painting. Zoom in and out will use the native pinch/zoom on small touch screen devices. Programming code and design will adhere to HTML5/CSS standards that will be optimized and thoroughly commented for programming future editions. Data created by this program will be stored on a webserver using mysql databases. No user personal information is gathered. The app will be transferable with minor modifications to use on other touch screen tablets and platforms like the large screen formats imagined for the museum installations.
Dynamic Symbolism Project, Second Edition:
Add more paintings to interact with and more features to explore on a variety of tablets
The artist will organize the database to display a chosen variety of people’s selections and create short 2D and 3D animations and video using the painting ideas gathered in the database. Links to the online video library will be reached by touching the highlighted images from the “What others see” menu. Local musicians will be featured in the video clips. More paintings with the associated vector overlays for the touch screen will be included with the app and an opening menu to choose between paintings will be added.
Project, Phase 3:
Museum/Gallery Installation: Interaction using large touch screens
Museum installations will be created using the interactive Dynamic Symbolism touch screen applications modified to fit on large wall mounted screens. You will see the physical painting on the wall and a large touch screen next to it where you can touch and record symbols you see, explore what others have discovered and watch art videos that the artist develops using your input. Longer videos about the paintings created using input from the viewers will be part of the installation display.
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