While we’re still wrapping the final presents at bigfug HQ, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your kind support over the 12 months.
It’s been a full and exciting year (albeit with a few weird bumps along the road (am still sad about Bowie!)) and I’m looking forward to working on some great projects and releasing some very exciting features for Fugio and Painting With Light in 2017.
Do keep your comments, suggestions, and bug reports coming in. They’re invaluable to helping me make the software even better.
This week I’ve been hanging around the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge, where my partner Anna has been doing a week residency with the scientists here. I’ve been exploring the nearby nature reserve, watching the squirrels and geese, and catching up with emails and threads of projects.
I’ve been looking at the way that Fugio is installed on OS X (now macOS), and I’m not entirely satisfied with the process that one has to go through, especially for the initial installation. I’m experimenting with Homebrew casks, that facilitate installing applications such as Fugio through the same simple command line interface that Homebrew uses to install the libraries that we already use.
Packaging Fugio as a cask would mean installation would comprise of installing Homebrew, then typing “brew cask install fugio” into a Terminal to install the application and all its dependencies. Much cleaner! What do you think?
If I do go down this route, it will make releasing some new plugins somewhat easier…
On November 15th I’ll be giving a LASER talk (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendevous) at Westminster University in Harrow about my art practice and Fugio. There’s no link for it yet but I’ll post it up when there is, if you fancy coming along and saying hello!
Have a good week, and as ever, let me know any questions and suggestions you may have.
This last week I went down to Cornwall for a meeting at Eden Project that I am one of several artists and many scientists who are were called on for some advice for a large project they’re working on.
It was also a great opportunity to check on the status of the interactive Fugio powered installation “The Human Super Organism” that I installed as part of their Invisible You permanent exhibition.
Eden Project gets around one million visitors a year, so it’s an amazing opportunity to see how Fugio copes with that level of activity. I’m happy to report, other than someone managing to steal the Leap Motion sensor (we’ve locked it down now!), the installation has run perfectly since it was installed, so I’m chuffed about that!
As well as giving a talk about my art practise and Fugio as part of Lewes Light last week, it’s been a busy week with no time for programming, so no Fugio updates this week. I’m off to Cambridge next week and should have some time for something new…
This week I’ve been in Los Angeles and Irvine. The opening of the Embodied Encounters exhibition went really well, with Shadows of Light (my interactive, Fugio based installation) having lots of attention.
Today we have two new plugins that enable Fugio to talk to hardware that uses a serial port interface, which includes the Arduino range of open source hardware (like the Arduino Uno above), which means that we can control LED lights, motors, servos, and use sensors for touch, magnetism, temperature, and many more!
The serial plugin handles the raw data communication between the Arduino and Fugio, and can be used to implement any kind of custom protocol between the two, but we can go one further and use the rather nice Firmata plugin to talk directly to the Arduino pins without writing any Arduino code at all.