Words That Stick


Words That Stick from Oriana Neidecker on Vimeo.

(Rough draft video, final to come with full working suit)

After countless hours spent soldering and coding the final version of our Pcomp/ICM interactive bodysuit is ready.  I have to admit I was nervous about how the project would end up looking but Elizabeth dances so beautifully she really brought everything together.  Tomorrow we present our interactive performance piece.



We wanted to create a piece that comments on the unique lexicon that has been cultivated and utilized specifically towards WOMEN & those who experience misogyny, and explore the violent and prohibitive effect it has on their often marginalized or reduced roll in society.

We wanted to focus on the language used during the election (by our President Elect, Donald Trump).  For our project we had a plethora of sound bites to draw from.

In the performance a dancer is lit up and is dancing.  The user has a controller with four buttons that when pressed release Trump sound bites and controls the dance.  In the end the dancer is slumped over on the floor unable to move, before she rises up of her own volition and is no longer affected by the actions of the user.

The Audience members/users are responsible for pressing buttons, which have an immediate impact on the dance. However the dancer is responsible for a fifth button “clear”, that triggers a new set of empowering words by iconic women.



We used four neopixel strips, one for each limb that is remotely controlled by a controller that we made and powered by an arduino. There’s a button associated with each neopixel strip and limb.  The strips all start out as blue and then with each button press that strip turns red and then finally turns off.  We achieved this by making a toggle in the arduino code so each button state cycled between colors. screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-1-45-28-am

With each change of the color of a strip the performance is affected.  At blue the dancer has full movement, at red her limb stiffens and she no longer has a range of motion and when turned off it falls limp and is unusable.  When a button is pressed it also serially communicates with p5 and releases a Trump soundbite.

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There is a secret 5th button, the override button, this button (which will ideally be on the dancer herself) repowers all of the strips with white light and renders the other four buttons useless.  With this the dancer regains her agency and ability to dance.






ICM Final

I want to continue upon the idea of the nude and it’s viewer.  I’ve been thinking a lot of the different ways a nude can be shot, and interpreted.  The gaze of a voyeur, a lover, a compatriot, or a family member and how these have evolved and changed over time.


                The Venus of Urbino by Titian


Olympia by Manet


Grand Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and by Lalla Essaydi

woodman_untitled_providence_p064-web– Francesca Woodman


– Sally Mann


-Les Krims


-Flor Garduño


-Mona Kuhn


-Lucien Clergue

I want to make an interactive piece where the viewer can change various photographic nudes.  I want to take pieces of some of my favorite photographs and make them features which can be added to other photos.

  • The viewer can add props to the photos to make them more humorous, surreal, sexual or somber.


  • The viewer can overlay filters: color tints, shadows, fractals and lace.

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  • The viewer can include themselves in the photo (create capture video) in different ways.  They can add their head to the body (similar to the Francesca Woodman image)
  • The viewer can have a caption.

This will allow the viewer to make the frame in which they see the image known (if they wish) or allow them to change the frame in which they see it.

Surreal? Add a fish on their head.  Sexual? Add



Men act and women appear. Men look at women.  Women watch themselves being looked at.”                   – John Berger, Ways of Seeing

“She is not naked as she is.  She is naked as the spectator sees her.”                                                                     –  John Berger, Ways of Seeing

“To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognized for oneself.  A naked body has to be seen as an object in order to become a nude.  Nakedness reveals itself.  Nudity is placed on display.”                                                                               – John Berger, Ways of Seeing

“Not to say that the artist’s work — similar to pornography isn’t also evocative.  But unlike, pornography, it doesn’t appeal exclusively to our senses or carnal appetites.  It also engages our aesthetic judgement about how this or that figure illustrates and ideal of human beauty.”          – Leon F Seltzer, Psychologist

“The aim of the pornographer is hardly to help his or her (most likely his) audience rejoice in the human form — or in some way honor physical intimacy, or the joys of the flesh.  Rather, the objective (typically leaving little or nothing to the imagination is to “turn on” the viewer…. Admittedly the erotic might end up having the same effect.  Still, the ideal behind erotica is to transcend its literally provocative subject  –to add a third dimension if you will.  In aspiring to celebrate the varieties of sexual bliss, and the universal desire for carnal union (which, deep within, might just carry hints of the divine).”                                                            – Leon F Seltzer, Psychologist




I’ve alway been in love with the nude.  The nude photo is so much more than a nude photo because of all of the associations the viewer brings in the way they perceive it.  For some people nudes are pornographic, for others a celebration of natural beauty and femininity, for me they are more of a representation of freedom.


I grew up in a house surrounded by photographs of nudes.  My dad collects them. When I graduated college I moved back home to organize, archive and manage the collection.  Going through hundreds of nudes I began to recognize reoccurring themes: classic shots, surreal shots, breasts as eyes, torsos, flying, floating, sleeping, but my favorite was the shadows.  The french photographer Lucien Clergue was a master of shadow and light and is one of my top 3 favorite photographers (photos below).

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I recently discovered the artist Dani Oliver, also a Parisian, greatly inspired by Lucien Clergue.  He works with the abstraction of light, shadows and color.  Not only does he creates photographs but he produces hypnotic videos of models moving in light projections. I love them.  I used one of his videos as the background for this piece.

As a woman and a lover of nudes I sometimes struggle with the gap in the reception of the images.  What I can perceive as a symbol of beauty and freedom can be viewed in way that totally objectifies and exploits the woman instead of celebrating her.  For my project I made two versions of a viewer watching a moving nude woman. I overlaid a colored webcam filter over the video of a dancing to represent the different point of views.  One is dark and green the other is colorful and playful.


Synthesis was the marrying of what we’re learning in our Pcomp and ICM classes.  Our task was to get a p5 sketch to respond to a physical interaction.   I partnered with Melissa and we achieved the goal but we were a little disappointed with the extent we were able to run with it. We started out with a potentiometer as our analog input but for some reason it was super glitchy on both of our computers.  Melissa’s flat out stopped working but it had something to do with the software clashing on her computer.  We continued solely on mine and after getting our potentiometer to work, and then it crashing, and getting it to work again, and then it crashing we moved on to using a force sensor instead.




The time lag remained but we were able to move forward with the force sensor.  We made the force sensor affect when ellipses appeared on the screen.  We’d done a few before that just affected the location of the ellipse or the color but we found the amount of ellipses shown in relation to the force more interesting.


Synthesis – Physical Computing & Computational Media from Oriana Neidecker on Vimeo.

The Breakup (Lovers Pt. 2)

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I stuck with my Man Ray inspiration this week and included elements of his other work.  Lee Miller, an amazing artist herself, was a huge source of inspiration for Man Ray.  He painted her lips in The Observatory while they were dating.  He used a photo of her eye for Objects To Be Destroyed when they broke up.  I included sound for the first time in my project

Tasked with making arrays I made multiples of the lips and organized them in a grid moving in different directions.

What it was supposed to look like:



the Code –




The Lovers

This week I was inspired by Man Ray’s Observatory Time – The Lovers.


Our assignment was making functions. I originally wanted to make a lunar series to complement last week’s solar piece.  I scratched that after I found myself wrangling for too long with PI and bezier vortexes.  I made a full screen of ellipses with randomized grey coloring and for some reason suddenly thought LIPS.  I recently read a book on Lee Miller and must have been influenced by that.  I tried to match the color palette of the lips while maintaining the alternating nature random color.

This assignment was about learning the good habit of functions –  the habit of better organizing our code.  Dano described is as almost a Table of Contents for our code.  If it is done correctly, and named well,  you should be able to understand the bulk of what is going on by looking within the draw function.  My draw function:

function draw() {



Full Code-

function preload() {

img = loadImage(‘PM_821183.jpg’);

function setup() {
createCanvas(400, 400);


function draw() {

function panel(){
for(i =0; i < 400; i+= 30){
for (b =0; b<400; b += 30){
circle(i, 15, b);

function circle(x, y, b){
//fill((0,0,random(200,250)), 40, 100);
fill((random(200,250),30,random(20,40)), 60, 100);
function lips(){
if (mouseIsPressed){

image(img, 100, 130, 200, 120);

function theLovers(){

text(“THE”,110, 20,150,100);


In Praise of Loops

This week for Intro to Computational Media I was inspired by a Olafur Eliasson piece that I wanted to very roughly emulate and then build upon. Much of his work is elemental in nature and are large-scale installations and sculptures.  The particular piece that inspired me was The Weather Project.  In the Tate Modern he produced a large installation that replicated the sun.  The colors suggest a sun at sunrise or sunset.  It’s such a powerful piece.  To me there’s always been something  primal  about people gathering together to watch the sun.  Olaf transported that feeling to a place that rarely sees the sun in such intensity, London.


This image also evokes ideas of sacrifice to me with all of those people laying on the floor.  It reminds me of old sun worshiping religions.  My mother is a Mexican archaeologist and I grew up learning about the sacrificial traditions of ancient Mexican civilizations.


I used this inspiration to direct my ICM piece.  I wanted something simple, the sun and rain, with a color palette influence by Shigeo Fukada. The scene would then  reveal itself as something much more, a sacrifice with a press of the mouse.   I’ve been While the piece still looks pretty basic I think this was the first time I dedicated enough time to my ICM home and having a goal helped me find and work through various problems.  Something I’ve found myself focusing on in my ICM pieces which was unexpected was colors and their complements.  Using colors to evoke emotions and trying to find just the perfect match.  It has nothing to do with code but I enjoy it so much in the creation process.

I made this in p5 a new software that appears to have some issues with embedded links but here is the site: http://alpha.editor.p5js.org/full/rJeUHMcp

and video of it below:

var a = 0;
var speed = 3;
var on=false;
var redColor = 255;
var R = 69;
var G = 110;
var B= 162;

//var rain =();
function preload() {
img = loadImage(‘glyph45.png’);
function setup() {
createCanvas(400, 400);

function draw() {
for(var i = 0; i < 10; i++){ fill(100); stroke(100); ellipse(i*60,i,20,10); } stroke(255); strokeWeight(4); noFill(); fill(220,174,66); stroke(97,74,23,20); ellipse(200,100,100,100); if(mouseIsPressed){ fill(255); ellipse(200,100,60,60); fill(0); ellipse(200,100,40,40); fill(178,7,7); image(img, 150, 250, 100, 100); on=!on; //R = random(100,255); R=200; B = 0; G= 0; } else { R = 69; G = 110; B= 162; } if (a>height){


for(var i = 0; i < 10; i++){





House of Blue Leaves


Growing up I was very self conscious about my drawing abilities. My drawings never looked like real life.  After 2nd grade I was done.  That was the extent of my visual artistic career until coming to ITP.  I still drew things but I never drew them with intentions.  I’d doodle and find figures that emerged from the ink.  I’ve loosened up since then and accepted that you can be an artist that isn’t an amazing illustrator but in the past two weeks I’ve seen that this tendency to just make things without intention and see what comes out of them has stuck. I just played with this until it felt somewhat finished.  When I was done and I was inspecting it it reminded me of the fight scene in Kill Bill at the House of Blue Leaves where this very blood is spilled on a snowy night.


This week I played around with animation.  We were tasked with  creating a sketch that included :

  • One element controlled by the mouse.
  • One element that changes over time, independently of the mouse.
  • One element that is different every time you run the sketch.

I made the center of the piece controlled by the movement of the mouse from left to right and with a random version of red.  This created a different background geometric shape every time you move the mouse from left to right.  The snow also randomly moved between a shade of light grey to white and was controlled by following the cursor.  Th red border ellipses (or the blood) moved randomly between (-4,4) either up and down and left to right and are also distinct every time the piece is run.  Finally, if you press down you can reset the scene and start all over again.

The code:

var w,h;
var xLoc = 200;
var littleDot = 50;
var yLoc=200;

function setup() {
createCanvas(400, 400);


function draw() {




xLoc+= random(-4,4);



function mousePressed() {





Animating Shapes

This week I explored the random.  With the random function you can set parameters in which a random number is chosen.  In this example I set a small parameter for the color red of the circles and for it’s movement, x for one, y for the other. While random the end product is also inevitable.  The white box will be boxed in by the red circles I also explored cause and effect, the location of the mouse defines the size of the circle.  I love the color contrast of this piece.  It reminds me of that scene in Kill Bill when they fight in the snow.