Jeanne Kelly

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Freedom + Creativity | Eyebeam Benefit 2008

In Spring 2010, Wow on April 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

DATE: Tuesday, May 6, 2008





HONORINGCraig Newmark, Craigslist founder and the Internet’s best known customer service representative.

Join us in honoring craigslist founder Craig Newmark for his commitment to public service and a free Internet! Support Eyebeam’s residencies, fellowships and public programs! Comedy Central’s John Mulaney will cue the night’s laugh track, NYC’s Misshapes will supply the after-party and much, much more!

Drawn & Magical A/V PerformanceZach Lieberman, Eyebeam fellow
Kinetic ShadowAddie Wagenknecht, Eyebeam fellow
Excerpts from The Nebulous Object-Image ArchiveJoe Winter, Eyebeam resident
Fame Game—social network re-invents fame
The Walkman
Hanging SpaceGeraldine Juárez, Eyebeam senior fellow
Live visualsBenton-C Bainbridge, Eyebeam alum
Plus: Special Guests, DJs, VJs, and more

Freedom + Creativity: Eyebeam Benefit 2008 |


Major Studio Narrative | Final Proposal | Public Narrative

In Major Studio Narrative, Spring 2010 on April 23, 2010 at 6:10 am

In choosing the yellow suite at Dubway Studios as my public space I decided to focus on sound as narrative, possibly for the first time.

I began with the concept of changing the acoustics of the space, the main narrative.  I did research on how this is already being accomplished in different ways in the yellow suite.

A variety of baffles are used, from wall traps to ceiling block.

I did some sketches of how I might be able to create other forms of baffles.

Which led to designs that might add sounds to the recordings. Using the sculpture as a form of ambient instrument. The use of beaded curtains was one which might have been interesting.  But untimely I felt it was over stated.  I felt the installation needed to be subtle in it’s effects on the acoustics because of the ability of the equipment to record even the slightest of changes.  Maybe even a baffle tower.

The shape of some of the commercial hanging baffles was inspiring.  They brought to mind a project I did in 1990.  I found a few of the original sketches from that project.  It was a floor to ceiling sheet of tar-paper with all of psalms hand stiched to both sides.  Each page from the bible was overlaped  and stitched from the top only.  The fluttering loose pages created a interesting rustling sound.  I am considering a similar approach with sheet music and voice over scripts.

After more research and sketches, including a sheer black fabric concept inspired by Christo.  Dubway completed the audio for a documentary on Christo.

The final construction will possibly be make from flagging tape …


•  I will temporally alter the acoustics of a acoustically optimized space.

•  I will use a large sculptural installations to achieve this change to the soundscape, to the narrative.

•  I will record sample audio both before the sculpture is installed and after.


•  Sculpture.  Three 32″x32″ foam core boards each containing 16 rows by 16 rows of white or multi colored flag tape.

•  Audio Recordings: Instrumental (possibly piano) Christopher reading “The Room” by John Asbury.  Identical recordings both before and after the installation.

•  Stills and video of the creation and installation process as well as both audio performances

•  Sound wave images mapping the space both before and after the sculpture (the visual record of the    auditory evidence of a physical encounter)

There are may stories happen in Dubway.  At any one time in the yellow suite the story of a singer, a songwriter, a producer, an engineer can all be unfolding.  I want to create another story in that space, but changing the ability of the space to tell the stories it always tells.

A Narrative is Like a Room

In Major Studio Narrative, Narrative & Dynamic Systems, Spring 2010 on April 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm

“A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens.” – John Updike





Design for the Majority | Chronic Disease | Stroke | The Home Kit

In Design for the Majority | Collab, Spring 2010 on April 20, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Here are a few images of the Home Kit prototype:

The kit will include a pamphlet to describe how to make these simple modifications to everyday objects.  These include item that make life easier for stroke survivors and their families.  They are based on products that can be purchased for much more then the average rural Chinese farmer can afford.  The kit will also reminder on how to do the exercise to recovery and to take the lose dose aspirin every day.

The Ark In Space | The Ant With a Door for a Head

In Spring 2010, Wow on April 20, 2010 at 12:27 am

The Ark in Space has an great artical on these very interesting ants.  I’m only posting a small snippet, head over to The Ark in Space for the whole weird.

Cephalotes is a broad genus of ants.  They are heavily armoured – it makes you wonder just how formidalble they would look if we were the same size. The amazing thing about many of them is the head – used to plug a gap as it were.

The ants live in trees in the forest areas of the new world tropics and the subtropics.  Some Cephalotes species can even glide back to the tree if they are knocked from it.   Most of them are what is known as polymorphic which means that they have various castes that have a specific use and purpose in the colony. Above is an example of Cephalotes varians, also known as the turtle ant.

They are afraid they cannot tell us for sure why this one has wings – perhaps when a new colony is being formed?

The Ark In Space: The Ant With a Door for a Head.

Narrative and Dynamic Systems | Creating a MadLib

In Narrative & Dynamic Systems, Spring 2010 on April 19, 2010 at 11:40 pm

So here is my first attempt at a MadLib in about 25 years.  I use to do these a lot when I was a little girl.

First let me give you the list:

1)        adjective
2)        noun
3)        last name
4)        place
5)        measurement
6)        measurement
7)        number
8)        noun
9)        adjective
10)     noun
11)     noun
12)     noun
13)     noun
14)     verb/past tense
15)     noun
16)     active verb
17)     noun
18)     number
19)     adjective
20)     adjective

Now here is the body, but it’s in white, so you have to highlight the paragragh below to see how you’re words fill in the MadLib.

Don’t read further if you haven’t played yet and you want to.  Below is a complete spolier to the MadLib above.

I work this and posted it on facebook.  I figured I should test it out before turning it into Nick.  A friend and fellow classmate, Astra Wijaya beat everyone to the punch and here is the Mad Lib completed with his answers:

A Rare Antique for Sale.
This is a rare vintage sad toy window made by Kelly Toy Mfg. Co. in Africa.  The toy measures 3 feet by 2 cm and boasts a whopping 100 wooden shoes.  Overall this is in petrified condition, with no damage to the cable.  It has still has the original CD and paper but is unfortunately missing the bottle.  The game can still be sneaked, but a lamp must be jumping out of an old piece of paper bag.  I’m only asking 666 dollars (or best offer) for a toy that is bound to bring you clean hours of bloody enjoyment.  Please email for pictures.

Major Studio | Mini Thesis | Public Narratives

In Major Studio Narrative, Spring 2010 on April 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Altering the Narrative of a Public Space

Since first hearing about the assignment,   I have been looking at the spaces and environments around me in a different light; breaking down the narratives of the hallways and elevators, the subway cars and sidewalks.  However; in considering an interesting public space to examine and alter for the final, I found thoughts returning over and over again to one particular location.  I visit this place often, and it is an important public space, although the general public seldom sees it.  The public space I have chosen to be the subject of my mini thesis is the yellow suite at Dubway Studio.

Located on the second floor of 135 West 26th Street, New York New York, Dubway Studio is full service audio recording studio.  In their own words Dubway’s …

“High ceilings, sleek architectural design, and contemporary original art on display give an airy, open feel to the facilities. It is a bright and engaging place to work. Easily accessible, the studio is located in Chelsea, New York’s multimedia center, and has been newly renovated to reflect Dubway’s continued expansion into audio for visual media”

Dubway actually houses four separate studios of varying sizes and complexities to accommodate a variety of client and engineers needs.  These studios are identified and mapped by color; there is the red suite, the blue suite, the green suite, and the yellow suite.  In all of studios the space is divided in to two or more areas.  Additionally, every studio has a double paned glass wall, window or door between the control room and the live room.

The control room is where the engineers, producers, musicians and others record, observe, critique and adjust what’s going on in the live room.  It’s the knobs, switches and hard drives of the recording and broadcast industry.  In most of the control rooms speaker inhabit a significant amount of space in the control room and there is usually 3 or more monitors.  These rooms are made for business and many hours of it.  They are made to document anything and everything going on in the live room.  The live rooms are all about the sound, whether it’s a single voice whispering the lines of a poems or a full band with accompanying piano.  The rooms where designed and built by “master studio builder Chris Bowman of CHBO, Inc. along with architect John Storyk.”

They are acoustically balanced and designed for optimal clarity in recoding.

I decided to focus on one studio within Dubway, the yellow suite.  It is not surprising that the yellow suite has fascinated me for some time now.  The tremendous control console is nothing if not impressive and the width and angle of the nearly floor to ceiling clear glass wall that separates the control room from the live room create an intriguing interface for not only the recorder, but for the performer and observers as well.  The use of antique theater seats for observers in the control room adds a sense of history and richness to the experience of the space.  Dubway describes the room on their website as …

“Dubway’s largest room, the Yellow Room, is one of NY’s most attractive & functional recording environments. Designed by legendary studio architect John Storyk, the Yellow Room boasts a large, highly ambient recording area with natural light & hardwood floors, and a beautiful Yamaha C5 grand piano. The large analog console & extensive outboard processing allows for tracking of large ensembles, as well as a variety of approaches to mixing.”

The all encompassing narrative of the yellow suite at Dubway Studio is this:  It is a place where the public can go to record and capture sonic information, sound in all it’s forms, with the help of professionals trained in audio engineering and sound design.

The goal of my project will be to alter the narrative within the space of the yellow rooms themselves.  By physically changing the acoustic space of the live room with the addition of an unknown element I hope to alter the auditory narrative of control room.  I want to expand on the narrative, leaving room for the original narrative of clearly recording sound, but changing it to alter the ability to visually communicate between the control room and the live room and creating a space in which sound can not be recorded without unwanted noise interfering with the fidelity of the original sound.  My goal is to change the narrative in the described way by introducing a sculptural element to the live room.

Click on this image of the final paper to download a copy.  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Design for the Majority | Chronic Disease | Stroke

In Design for the Majority | Collab, Spring 2010 on April 15, 2010 at 3:33 am

Concept Precentation to IDEO Shanghai.

This is a very fast video (due to upload limitations) of our presentation.  You can press pause to examine each slide.

360° Light Field Display

In CG Modeling, Spring 2010, Wow on April 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm

The Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California has come up with a cheap way to create images in 3D space (as opposed to planar space) by using a spinning mirror called a light-field display. Basically high speed video is projected onto a quickly spinning mirror, which then “reflects a different and accurate image to each potential viewer.” The system uses an algorithm to figure out the correct shading and occlusion for the image. via-

Major Studio | Who ~ What ~ Where | Modern Ruins 4

In Major Studio Narrative, Spring 2010 on April 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm

The Final Iteration

or “As far as I can take it this time.”

So I’ve rewritten the narrative to incorporate the new limitations and to include the future of the structure and what it will be for those who will visit.  Not having access to the structure itself leaves me to drawing what I can to animate the narrative.

I decided to us a voiceover to guild us through the history and let the visuals be absorbed in suport of the narrative.  I wrote a simple script highlighting the key points in the history of the Smallpox Hospital and better half, Christopher Abell did the voice over and recording with me.  He has a much richer voice then I do and it fit perfectly with the subject of the piece.

I organized the transitions according to the narration, using text to create the flow in the animation between the different stages of the hospital.  In my research I found an old Smallpox Hospital opening announcement which I really liked the look of (the grid of this is really great).

I used this as a template to create a similar sign for the Renwick Smallpox Hospital.  It was interesting to disassemble this peice and realize that a lot of the look I that I appreciate in this “poster” is the spacing and clustering of the individual words.  In reproducing this I had to “set” each word (sometimes a group of words) in the line.  The uniform spacing of the computer destroys this feel and the rhythm it generates.(using the information from the Smallpox hospital.

I did some research and gave a lot of thought to the font styles and really wanted the different type fit the change in the history of the building.  These are the fonts I chose for the transitions:

Oldnewspaper Type – 1850’s

CrappyGothic – 1850’s

Chelsea – 1900’s

Yoxall – 1950’s

TRASHED – 1975

Helvetica Neue – 2009

Animation Stills

Final thoughts:

I had a lot of problems with importing the layers into After Effects. And I had to finally create the animation in Photoshop instead, which meant I presented without the audio.  The timing was also thrown off in the conversion to photoshop; what was once a smooth flowing animation turned into a very choppy studdering work.

It does have a kind of stop-motion feel to it, but not what I had intended.  What I presented was only a pale comparison to what my original final intent was.   This is what was presented:

Renwick Smallpox Hospital from Jeanne Kelly on Vimeo.