Playing with Mud: Discovering Human + Computer Interaction

Processing, Programming Language and Environment developed by Ben Fry and Casey Reas helped create Mud Tub

The past couple of weeks have been a great introduction into Processing. Processing is the programming language developed by Ben Fry and Casey Reas. Being the complete novice, it has been quite the experience. What’s even more exciting than learning a new language is seeing designers, artists, engineers, architects, educators, and so many different creative minds (some with very little to no programming experience – I fall into this category) learn the language and create interactive works that will astonish you. Going through the Processing exhibition page, I had to share my latest discovery – Mud Tub! Please click on the image above to see how this artist and his team utilize open source programming for this phenomenal experiment in human and computer interaction

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

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