Marching Cubes @ xMPL

didactic_sat-1October 20-22, 2016. EAD professor Jesse Colin Jackson presented the first interactive installation of Marching Cubes at UCI’s world-class black box theater, the Experimental Media Performance Lab.

Marching Cubes are modular units derived from a historic graphics algorithm of the same name. Marching Cubes units are connected by matching the colored faces. In a completed assembly, the colored faces are all concealed inside. Over the course of the three day performance, visitors were invited to help build one of nine scheduled Marching Cubes test assemblies; during intermissions, they were invited to interact as they saw fit. Members of Jackson’s Speculative Prototyping Lab, who fabricated the units using the lab’s forty 3D printers, were on hand to facilitate. The results of these interactions will be exhibited at Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto November 17, 2016 to January 14, 2017.

Marching Cubes was made possible with support from the Hellman Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the University of California, Irvine. Coding was provided by Luke Stern. Lighting was provided by Sean Deuel. Special thanks to Will Amos and Aldrin Lupisan, managers of the Speculative Prototyping Lab, and their tireless team: Tucker Moody, Ivette Morales, Amihan Amargo, Sharon To, Andrew Hnat, Ian Pareja, Christian Datu, Derek De Los Angeles, and Kaylee Dao.

Please visit Jesse Colin Jackson’s Instagram for images of Marching Cubes in progress.