Two works by Sean Hathaway

Maker Faire 2013

The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth

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Severe Enterprises is proud to be part of two exhibits which have been selected for this years Bay Area Maker Faire on May 18th and 19th at the San Mateo County Events Center, San Mateo, CA.

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The selected exhibits are:
This thing was a smash at its debut last year in Portland. T,E.D. is a large, wall-based installation consisting of an array of up to 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls that speak emotional content gathered from the web via synthetic speech with animated mouths. The speaking of the emotional content is accompanied by one of twenty-four musical vignettes written by Carlos Severe Marcelin that have been paired to the emotional content being spoken. Each vignette, representing one of twenty-four subtle variants of human emotion, have been composed in such a way that the beginnings and ends of the short pieces will seamlessly dogleg in any possible configuration and stream endlessly as a unified whole. The installation is allowed to drift about freely through the emotional landscape being driven only by those who are contributing content to the piece whether unwittingly or consciously. As such, the overall presentation of the piece can vary greatly based on external conditions such as seasons, world events and even time of day. The instantaneous emotional pulse of the internet, this collective pulse, like a human pulse, varies over time.

Watch the T,E.D. Promo Video on YouTube-

The second piece is Volume and Noise. Volume And Noise is the latest device in Sean's series of interactive, social media scraping art pieces. It is a contraption that reads tweets based on a set of user defined search terms in real time. For the premiere at AFRU Gallery in Portland, Oregon last November, all of the search terms were political in nature for an election timed political art show. The search terms could however be any combination of ideas desired and easily changed by the user on the fly. The piece is built into the chassis of an antique 1930’s era Philco radio and includes updates such as a modern amp, an Arduino microcontroller and a highly modified antique meter which now presents the user with the Tweets per Minute (T.P.M.) count of the piece with a period appropriate custom face. All of the audio including the radio static, tuning sounds and filtering to produce the antique sound of the radio is all happening through digital processing in real time.

Watch the Volume and Noise Promo Video on Vimeo-


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  1. San Mateo County Event Center
    2495 S Delaware St, San Mateo, CA