Joseph Gray
Since 2006
Works in Seattle, Washington United States of America

Joseph Gray is a Seattle based artist and designer. He has taught workshops at 911 Media Arts Center and Metrix Create Space on Processing and Arduino. Joseph earned a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 1999, focusing in video and sculpture. Since then he has worked with digital art and design practices for both artistic projects and commercial design applications. He began learning programming working in the graphic design industry, which quickly led to creating custom software and hardware tools for art installations and visual performances. His sculptural and performance work has been exhibited at Unit B Gallery in San Antonio, TX; Meridian Gallery and The Lab in San Francisco, CA and a multitude of venues in the Pacific Northwest including 911 Media, Bumbershoot and the Seattle Art Museum Gallery. A portfolio of his work can be found at
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Processing and Arduino in Tandem: Video Mixer and Audio Visualizer

Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:00

Seattle, Washington
United States of America

Hi All,
I'm teaching two new classes for O'Reilly at CreativeLive, building off the original 5 session course Processing and Arduino in Tandem.
 These new classes are also about coding interactive motion graphics in Processing with an Arduino-based physical controller.  One is on how to code-up a video mixer, providing an example of how to work with video in Processing to create a stand-alone application for visual performance.
The other is on how to analyze an audio stream for controlling visuals using the Minim library.  The software created during this class will build off of the video mixer, adding live audio as an additional control data stream.
These courses are free while they are being broadcast from CreativeLive in Seattle.  The video mixer class is on February 25, 2011 at 10 a.m. (PST) and the audio visualizer class will be on March 11, 2011 at 10 a.m. (PST).  These are recorded and edited into video download packages for purchase and are bundled with detailed slides, source code and tip sheets. Source code will be available to follow along with the free live broadcasts as well.
Both pieces of software use the projBox as an example of a custom physical computing interface controlling custom software.  You can build your own projBox variant from parts (and a little ingenuity) following the instructions here:
I've also developed a kit that is available for purchase (now on Maker Shed!) with all the parts necessary to follow those assembly instructions.  The projBox kits are "craft manufactured" at Metrix:Create Space in Seattle.  They are aimed at those new to electronics interested in learning, from example, how to create a finished project with Arduino and integrate it with their own custom code.  The kit is available at:
Hope you can attend, and/or if you know someone who may be interested please forward this along!
Joseph Gray


Vito Acconci's 'Seedbed'

oh, that's good. hilarious too.


Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Media Arts for the ICA Web Site

a relevant follow-up to a long-ago thread:

\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_J U A N A L O N SO S T U D I O\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_
Grand Central Arcade - 214 1st Ave S. Suite B15, Seattle, WA 98104

October 10, 2008

To Whom It May Concern,

I feel lucky and blessed to be an artist and have the opportunity to
create for a living. It is part of my philosophy as an artist to give
back to my community, from local to global. In the last18 months I
have sold some and donated over 30 works of art to organizations (some
art related, some not) and fundraisers, and have done so willingly.
That is more work given than work sold. The issue is, and more so now
with the current economic crisis, it seems every organization believes
that artists are the first professional group of people to ask for
donations for their fund-raiser, no matter what the cause is. It has
gotten out of hand. I don’t know of any other business group, as a
lot, that is automatically called when money needs to be raised.
Perhaps there are some out there. Perhaps people raising funds don’t
realize that artists are single-person businesses for the most part
and that as a general rule, artists are on the lower end of the income
levels, and that every piece given away to help a worthy cause is also
income we are not bringing in to our business. Perhaps fund-raising
organizations don’t realize that so far there is no tax incentive for
artists to donate our own work. If another individual donates my work,
they get to deduct it from their taxes. If I donate my work, the only
thing I can deduct is the cost of my materials, which I would do
anyway at the end of the year. Under current laws, our skill, talent
and labor is seen as worthless and it might be a good idea for some of
the organizations asking artists for work to start lobbying
governmental agencies to change their policies. As far as I know,
Artist Trust is the only one doing so. How about artists being able to
deduct a percentage of the price for which the piece sold? How’s that
for determining fair-market value?
Until recently, I gladly gave and even served on acquisition
committees for a couple of art-related organizations. At this point,
however, I’m suspending all donations of my artwork in order to make a
living at my job as an artist. I hope that other artists also realize
that the “exposure” incentive or the 10\% back just doesn’t cut it
anymore. I hope organizations start tapping other, wealthier sources
for enriching themselves and that the IRS finally comes to realize
that artists are assets to the community as a whole.


Juan Alonso

On Oct 10, 2008, at 2:20 PM, Steven Vroom wrote:

Below is an e-mail from artist Juan Alonso. He is now refusing to
donate art work to any charity. There is a letter attached where he
explains why.

Begin forwarded message:

From: Juan Alonso <>
Date: October 10, 2008 10:49:22 AM PDT
To: Juan Alonso <>
Subject: Artist Donations

Attached is a letter I wrote in response to the many requests for
art donations. It is also posted on Regina Hackett's blog
, my facebook page and will be posted on my blog on Monday. Public
comments (pro or con) on any of those blogs are best. Also feel
free to pass it along to anyone you think should read it.

Juan Alonso
Juan Alonso Studio
Grand Central Arcade
214 1st Avenue South, Suite B15
Seattle, Washington 98104
Ph. 206-390-4882 m

<Artist Donations Letter.doc>

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Hand held video projectors

The following are links to a bit of research.

There will be a new generation of hand held video projectors coming
onto the market.
This will change how we deal with video content and where.
I'm psychically predicting some legislation coming soon similar to
noise ordinance laws, except it will have to do with image projection.
Though somehow I don't see this stopping the ad industry from coating
every friggin surface of everything with video ads now.
I also don't see artists being stopped from doing the same thing (art
or ads, whats the diff? I dare you to answer that).
TI says they can manufacture a million of their model by 2010.
The price of these things is supposed to be less than $100.00

Coming soon (2008, they say):


Texas Instruments

Research by some Grad students in Toronto,
(this is the best one by far):

The future was yesterday.



rhiz raw count to 10

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