Dr. Dale E. Parson (home page, publications,
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
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.
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,
Triptych planned for submission in 2020, built
using my interactive quilting software from 3/2019.
State Game Lands Number 106
Collapsing the Wave Function.
Video works in progress, some to be submitted in
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).
Photosynthesis is a
2019 draft piece based on the macro and quantum-micro dynamics
A Day on Campus with
Lunch is a 2018 study using my draft animated mandala
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.
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