As a researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, I have dedicated my efforts to the ongoing development of specialized controllers and sensors. These prototypes possess the capability to efficiently collect and relay data while seamlessly interfacing with a diverse range of other technologies. These encompass web-based applications, immersive game engines, and an array of other digital platforms.
More than 10 controllers have been produced utilizing tailor-made PCBs. Initially, we prototyped the boards and tested them extensively. Subsequently, I utilized Fritzing to design the PCBs, ensuring their aesthetic appeal aligns with the intention of showcasing them as artifacts during exhibitions. Following this, all the components were soldered onto the boards, and these finished products were not only presented to students but also actively featured in various exhibitions.
AI systems (Artificial Intelligent System – i.e. computer programs with artificial intelligence) free us from choice. Both from the “agony of choice” between contents and from democratic political choice. How do we deal with such systems? How do we stop being benevolently liberated?
We enter a spatialized labyrinth. We know a mirror cabinet from the Prater in Vienna since childhood. Today we know Face Recognition from everyday life, when opening the smartphone and the banking app. When we apply for a loan, our creditworthiness is checked by AI Statemachines.Neuromatic Game Art – 2023
In a performative game with anti-game mechanics, we demonstrate appropriation, appropriation as one inherent in subversive play with technologies. Form of art. The former Postsparkasse ticket hall becomes Shannon’s labyrinth.
In the situational game with dynamic AI mechanics, we and you enjoy between Board game and artistically situated play distributed in the room: the transparency of the glass house, drones, white rabbits, the interlude in year one Experimental Game Cultures: the one way out/out of the labyrinth of the Savings Bank – in which it is blurred whether we play seriously, train AI or the game plays us…
In this situated game, a „Neuromatic mindobject“ is presented – a non-human actor that draws human input data. 300.000 data points are used to generate a continiously evolving, organic structure via code. The data is from the “player”, him/her/they, recorded with one of our latest mind reading devices – a professional 32-channel EEG as a part of the research project Neuromatic Game Art.
In this project I was responsible for building a web-based 3D experience that takes in pre-recorded brainwave-data to animate 2 “mindworms” that eat away at a building over time. It is currently exhibited in the “Artificial Museum” and accessible via Augmented Reality/Web Browsers.
In a performative card game, we orientate ourselves on a reinterpretation of Dérive and Detournement as a mind game. AI ethics, generative text and performance are grotesquely coupled with an interpassive mind reading device. Using GPT-2 as a poetry game.
We invite you to indulge yourself: the staged generation of artistic research texts, the oracle of neuro interfaces and somatic experience. We play sensory expansion and introspection in the fog of time.
In this project I was responsible for the fine-tuning of a locally hosted GPT-2 model that was trained on data from our artistic manifesto. During the performance, I was editing the lines that were read by the artist and responding to the questions of the second player.
Grounded Birds is a multiplayer RPG about the tragic fate of birds – being robbed of their ability to fly, they become easy prey for other inhabitants of their world.
You join a group of brave hatchlings, as you will take a last stand to save the birds from becoming extinct.
Set in a quirky and playful world, with darker influences from games like Diablo 2.
Move, hop and explore – With your ability to fly taken from you, the main way of getting around is running and hopping on objects in the world. But be wary, as predators are around every corner!
Collect a wide variety of gear and fight – Arm yourself with lots of different gear and protect your feathers from hungry enemies. Magical items grant you special abilities that you can cast!
Level up your character – choose your path and skill up your strength, speed, luck and more. These choices combined with the items you prefer will make you a unique member of your team.
A Leap Forward is a Realtime Strategy game that you play from a First Person perspective. You give tasks, such as “collect wood” to your exceptionally smart rabbits and they figure out the most efficient way to fulfill it. As a player you can help out directly, or provide them with tools and buildings that increase productivity.
As an example, rabbits start by collecting branches from the ground, but by giving them an axe, they will chop down nearby trees instead. By building a sawmill, and providing them with axes, they will automatically chop trees down and refine them at the sawmill, which improves productivity even more.
While you manage your village, hostile foxes will attempt to capture and destroy it and eat the population. You are on the ground with your troops and can interact with them directly or through bulk orders. The goal is to survive several enemy waves and amass as much gold as possible, that can be used to purchase new building blueprints, tools or weapons.
Ruben’s Puppets combines Real Time Strategy elements with Third Person Action gameplay.
Players can traverse, interact and gather within a large scale conflict that is played out by two opposing puppet factions.
Your goal is to fend off the Tin puppets and free the creator of the puppet world who is being held hostage.
Thesis Committee: Richard Lemarchand, Karen McMullan, Carl Schnurr
A Goldrush themed local multiplayer brawler for PC and Mac. Created in collboration with John Billingsley
Play as two competing prospectors trying to fill your safes with precious gold nuggets or other items of value.
Whether it’s in the dusty hills of the Sierra Nevada, the icy peaks of the Klondike, or the burning heat of the desert, it’s your chance to strike it rich!
But beware, competing prospectors abound!
Armed with dynamite and bear traps and no sense of the law.
GOLDRUSHERS will provide fast paced action, wacky antics, and flying horses for your living room.
The goals of this game were to allow the player to explore an intriguing environment that they change through direct and indirect choices and interactions.
Conveying a narrative while giving the player agency was the challenge.
This project was developed in Tracy Fullerton’s “Design for Interactive Media” class at the University Of Southern California.
Developed in collaboration with Gabriela Purri R. Gomes and Stephanie Henderson.
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