in the ks it says you were a part of a museum installation? tell us about that!
I’ll gladly elaborate! This is kind of an interesting bit of TJ lore haha.
There’s a modern art museum in St. Louis called the Pulitzer, and I was involved in their exhibit called Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art. Kota are ancient African reliquary figures created to watch over and protect the sacred physical remains of ancestors. There are about ~2000 of them still in existence, and what is known about them is very limited. A mathematician named Frederick Cloth came up with an algorithm to collect and sort the data that is known about the Kota that have been preserved.
Back in 2015, when I was still working with Rampant Interactive, I was the lead programmer on a project to create an interactive digital component to the exhibit involving Unity3D, a huge 50-inch touchscreen, and four projectors to shine images on all four walls of the exhibit room. The aim of the installation was to tie the physical objects together with the data that is known about the reliquary figures. Viewers of the exhibit can use the touch screen to visualize the data, compare and contrast the Kota, and draw their own conclusions about the correlations between the Kota’s distinct physical appearance and the data collected about them.
I’m actually in this pic to the center left. This was when I was first starting to grow out my locks haha.
Look at baby me, it’s hard to believe this was 2 years ago! Anyways, you can read more about my involvement with the project here; and you can see my post with more pictures of the project here.
I loved working on this project because things like this really help bridge the gap between contemporary art and videogames, and I think museums should work with game developers a lot more often.
Thank you for asking about this, it was great to reminisce!