Dr. Dale E. Parson (home page, publications, electro-music, & CV)
Highlights page for 2021-2022 Sabbatical Leave Application
    & July 2019 Virginia Tech I4 Residency for Improvisation, Inspiration, Incubation, and Immersion.

Recent juried computer video artwork constructed using my custom software, and related stills.

My interactive, computer-generated media are forms of perceptual art, exploring the boundaries between sensation / perception and cognition / intelligence. I create these media by writing interactive software and then improvising with it as a visual and/or musical instrument. Mechanisms include the following:
assembly of seemingly abstract image components into concrete composites;
feedback of eidetic memory into the sensory canvas;
synesthesia of sight and sound into visual music.

The Eyes of a Fly, Second International Workshop on Computer Vision for Fashion, Art and Design, Seoul, November 2019.

Flaming Beauty, 2019 Art of the State Exhibition at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA.

[De]fragmenting Architecture, First International Workshop on Computer Vision for Fashion, Art and Design, Munich, September 2018.

Triptych planned for submission in 2020, built using my interactive quilting software from 3/2019.
State Game Lands Number 106

Hamburg Reservoir

Collapsing the Wave Function

Video works in progress, some to be submitted in 2020.
From the No World, Movement 1, Dale E. Parson. Feedback derived music 2016, visualization 2018.
This visualization is atop a musical, no-input mixer piece that I composed in 2016.
I have taught no-input mixing as a musical instrument at numerous electronic music conferences.
This video will debut during a concert at the Kutztown University Planetarium in spring 2020 featuring the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk).

Discrete Time Perceptual Reveal is a draft video piece I am revising, based on selective perception.
Virtual Infinity Room #2 is from a draft series inspired by the installations of Yayoi Kusama.

Photosynthesis is a 2019 draft piece based on the macro and quantum-micro dynamics of plants.

A Day on Campus with Lunch is a 2018 study using my draft animated mandala constructor.
Like many of the tools used to create these videos, this one grows out of my preps for multimedia programming courses with my students. Students enhance select portions of these tools.

These two stills come from the software used to create Flaming Beauty and From the No World above.

These three stills come from the software used to create Virtual Infinity Room #2 above.

Related papers
A Circular Planetarium as a Spatial Visual Musical Instrument. This September 2018 white paper was subsequently reviewed and accepted for presentation at the IMERSA 2019 Summit on planetarium and immersive multimedia in Columbus, Ohio, February 2-5, 2019.

Creative Graphical Coding via Pipelined Pixel Manipulation, Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators (PACISE) Shippensburg University of PA, Shippensburg, PA, April 6-7, 2018. This won the Best Faculty Paper award.

In April 2019 I wrote & distributed "Instructions on setting up a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian to act as a dedicated, embedded multimedia processor at boot time with minimal manual interaction" to the Department of Computer Science & Information Technology at Kutztown University. This work is important because it was necessary at that time to configure my video art piece Flaming Beauty, linked near the top of this page, to run uninterrupted for four months at the State Museum in Harrisburg for the Art of the State Exhibition, with minimum support load on the museum staff. This was their first video art exhibit. The exhibition curator, Amy Hammond, and I corresponded extensively about the logistics of staging non-interactive video and sensor-based interactive artwork.
Ms. Hammond wrote to me on July 20, 2019: "I have a few thoughts to add to the discussion of digital media in a gallery.  Unfortunately, we are pretty low-tech at this point. Feel free to over explain.  Your artwork is the first of its kind in Art of the State, so we will learn as we grow. On a very practical level, the staff and I had a discussion about whether or not we could set your device to a timer that would automatically turn off at the end of the day. We abandoned this because it asked more questions than we could answer."
For Flaming Beauty a staff member would turn on a TV monitor at the start of each day, and turn it off at the end. For a summer 2020 submission I plan to design a combination of a timed outlet strip with custom software to ensure that the Raspberry Pi processor shuts down safely before power loss, combined with a TV monitor that goes into power-save mode when the Pi shuts down. Based on the 2019 experience, this work involves several days of hardware and software engineering, followed by several months of continuous testing at home. Ms. Hammond and the State Museum staff will benefit by my unpaid consulting on exhibiting such work, to the benefit of future artists using these media.