This year’s annual New Media Night celebrates a society that is increasingly in motion and showcases new technologies to help it stay connected on the go.
The proliferation of smartphones and tablets have replaced desktops as the world’s default computing platform, while GPS, fitness trackers, and drones are pushing athletes, tourists, and movie-makers to explore new horizons. On May 5th, this exhibition at the new Innovative Media Research and Commercialization center (IMRC) features inventive new applications created by New Media seniors for runners, cyclists, and skiers. Also on view are interactive films shot by drones, sites that help travelers find out-of-the-way destinations or hypoallergenic restaurants, and dance music composed with artificial intelligence.
Connected mobility is the theme for capstones such as GhostRide, a mobile app that lets cyclists track their times against rivals who have raced that course before, and Visualize Maine, a mobile friendly website that offers a dynamic view of Maine’s tourist destinations.
The moving image is moving more than ever, as evidenced by capstones that live-stream interviews and use drone footage to teach skiing lessons. A simulation game whose users control the branching of a tree’s roots shows that even plants are mobile. The exhibition also includes mobile apps that let users share music from phone to phone or spot yard sales and lost pets displayed on a map.
Items that may have previously been owned individually now more easily move from place-to-place and hand-to-hand thanks to the sharing economy. The exhibition will include a platform for sharing high-tech equipment and a textbook resale site to help college students defray expenses.
Also on display are capstones that illustrate the range of potential applications of new media, from interactive animations controlled with a stylus to a social media campaign for athletic wear. A world with proliferating screens can require paying attention to more than one at a time, as viewers are challenged to do by a multi-channel music video and an interactive autobiographical film.
Directions at http://www.imrccenter.com/find-us. For more information, contact Velma Figgins on First Class or 207 581-4390.
(Shown: GhostRide by Will McEnery, Electronic Music Improvisor by Patrick Menard, Buzzards by Zack Davis and Shannon Meserve, Quipura by Nicolette Hashey and James Levasseur, and Invisible Ink by Adam Paul.)