BYTE ME 2012 - A Showcase of Technological Art

Friday January 6th, 2012
6:00 pm - 12:00 am, FREE
Launch Pad Gallery
534 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214

2012 is a year filled with anticipation... Will our planet come to a sudden end? Will the world economy crumble? Will Obama get re-elected? Who knows? Does anyone care? BYTE ME, 2012 can take your mind off of all these difficult questions and perhaps even answer some of them for you.

The event showcases installations and artwork by Portland artists that highlight the use of technology in different ways.

The centerpiece is the world premiere of the installation T,E.D. (Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction), created by Sean Hathaway, with music by Carlos Severe Marcelin. This large work features 80 customized Teddy Ruxpin dolls wired together, delivering real-time emotional content from the internet based on the Emotion Wheel developed by the psychologist Robert Plutchik. The work uses speech engines and lighting to deliver a seamless and continuous conversation between the animated dolls who have had their mother boards replaced by the custom board designed for this piece by the creator. Interactive real-time input can also be done by the audience through text messaging or an on-site TED software application.

Informational PDF

Musical guests Wave Sauce kick off the premiere
Friday, January 6h at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
The ethereal Theremin, vintage guitar tone, and powerful rhythm give this band a tasty, reverbified edge with its unique originals and creative renditions of traditional surf.

Additional Exhibits:

Reality Bytes, by Libbey White
An interactive augmented reality kiosk projects a unique scene for every block held up to a camera. The virtual scene appears overlaid on a video stream of the block, and responds to movement by changing shape and appearance.

Creeper, by Donald Delmar Davis
A Braitenberg inspired neural network in the form of a wall of disassociated eyes that follow objects in the room. While a single cds cell is not capable of providing meaningful image data, a sufficiently large network of cells should be able to make distinctions. Especially if combined with motion.

Maxwell, by Mark Medonis
A robot head and torso, suspended from the ceiling, watching the crowd. If he detects a face looking at him, he will make it known, he is watching… always watching.

The One-Sided Pendulum, by Donald Delmar Davis
The one sided pendulum is a meditation on American politics since Nixon

The Modern World, a video game by Donald Delmar Davis
In the modern world you use your freedom (tm) controller to move right, left, vote and protest. The object of the game is to prevent the senseless destruction happening right before you.

Paintings with a Bytey theme
Works by Jonas Nash and Cameron Adamez

In addition to the premiere on January 6th, there is another evening showing on:

Saturday, January 28th 4:00pm - 11:00pm

And, the gallery will also be open to the public on the following days and times:

Thursday, January 12th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday, January 13th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, January 14th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, January 19th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday, January 20th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, January 21th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, January 26th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday, January 27th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, January 28th 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Carlos Severe Marcelin
Severe Enterprises
1737 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97214
503.475.9911 USA