past feast projects

FEAST: Pre-figurative structures for social connection
The research project team will create physically and socially intelligent structures that facilitate cooperation and emotional release, while transcending the fixed expectations of architecture and infrastructure, thereby emboldening viewers to become participants.
1001++ (Magical Technologies) is a series of artistic inquiries inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s 3rd law, “[a]ny sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” This lens allows students on this UARTS FEAST project to re-examine folk narratives not as superstitious but to read the ‘magic’ as culturally aspirational desires of applied technologies (e.g., VR, machine learning, robotics, storytelling, choreography).
FEAST: Framing Percussive Sound
This UARTS FEAST project will capture the intricate and fast physical movements required for many percussive techniques in slow motion in order to analyze both the physical conditions and sonic outcomes associated with some of percussion's signature performance demands.
Collaborators and conspirators will explore the structure, philosophy and dance of multiple forms of language, to define language and its use in multiple ways, to discover how it can be activated, (de)constructed and deciphered in relationship to effort, shape, time and space.
FEAST: Lucelegans: interactive worm nervous system
The project is called LuCelegans (Luce: light in latin; Light-up C. elegans), or the Interactive Worm Project. It is about building the first interactive, physical, 3-dimensional prototype of C. elegans nervous system through the efforts of a student research team.
FEAST: Sonic Scenographies: XR Explorations card
Sonic Scenographies is a research program catalyzing experimental collaboration at the intersection of performance, music, theater, dance, architecture, information science, engineering, and digital space. Participating students will experiment with XR tools and gaming engines in Taubman College's new XR lab, and work to develop a virtual platform which interrogates the digital sphere's impact on live performance and audience participation.
FEAST: Haplab a laboratory of horror and possibility
This HAPLAB project aims to understand the relationship between the quality of breathing and exceptional performance. We will use data visualization, sonification, and/or visceralization to communicate breathing back to musical performers.
FEAST: Digital Cities and connected citizens unblinking eyes
The team will explore how pervasive technologies are mediating the way people interact with their cities. The project seeks to make visible and transparent the complex yet critical issues around the use of computer vision and artificial intelligence (as in controversial programs like Detroit’s Project Greenlight and New York’s LinkNYC systems) in public and urban spaces as we build citizen-engaged, physical installations and interventions.
FEAST: Open storm user experience
This project will enable a team of students to learn about environmental sensors, specifically around water and watersheds, and data and create tools and technologies with that data that inform and empower community stakeholders.
FEAST: Learning to code through embodied improv
This team is developing an interactive sound installation that helps users learn the basics of coding. Utilizing research on embodied engagement with sound and critical improvisation studies, this installation will facilitate real-time audio feedback for users’ physical interactions with it. The code that facilitates these interactions will then be displayed, helping users understand the interactive potentials of coding.
FEAST: Anatomy of sound voicebox 3d
This team will receive the anatomical model, then print, patent and market a trio of 3-D polymer objects, representing the already designed Lung/Diaphragm simulator, then print a polymer tongue, and print a voice box/vocal folds simulator. Polymer objects will be reprinted affordably, made available in a "toolbox" style setting for housing the anatomically correct parts, and made available for purchase for artists, academics and physicians.
FEAST: Experiments in animation and storytelling
The project team will work collaboratively on a new multi-media artwork produced through printmaking, animation, and storytelling. The project seeks to visually stretch the boundaries of the analog and digital realms of art-making into a multi-media experience.
FEAST: Space weather sensor packages
Following the inspiration of the meteorology community and Weather Underground that connected backyard weather stations into the global weather system, thistudent team will deploy magnetometers and other sensors everywhere to make a dense distributed array to enable new science and understanding of the Earth’s space environment.
FEAST: Telemann Chorale Project
This student team will work on a new edition of Telemann’s chorale book of his 430 chorales. This will involve developing score recognition technologies to automatically transcribe the 1730 edition into machine code, and a computational model that can generate the four parts of these chorales from that code.
FEAST: Nepalese ceramic water filter
The student team will develop better construction, testing, and shipping methods; create survey instruments and data collection strategies; and develop and test marketing materials for the ceramic water filters. THIS PROJECT WILL BE COMPLETE AT THE END OF FALL 2021.
FEAST: creating high usable and rapidly learnable programming languages
The student team will be tasked with developing and evaluating task-specific programming language prototypes for use in integrating computing into high school and undergraduate classes.
FEAST: Sonification of sleep data
Working with doctors at the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine, the student team will explore the possibilities of creating techno tracks from up to, at least, four data points from raw polysomnogram data (EEG/Pulse/Oxygenation). The goal is to convert sleep data into interesting music to enable sleep diagnostics that would be accurate and fun–for the world.