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ROB3115 – A Neuro-Immersive Narrative

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ROB3115 is an interactive graphic novel that is influenced by the reader’s brainwaves. The experience is driven by the reader’s ability to cognitively engage with the story. ROB3115′s narrative and its fundamental interactive mechanic – the reader’s ability to focus – are tightly intertwined by virtue of a philosophical supposition linking consciousness with attention.

ROB3115 explores the intersection of interactive narrative, visual storytelling, and brain-computer interfacing. The experience, designed for an individual, puts the reader in the shoes of a highly intelligent artificial being that begins to perceive a sense of consciousness. By using a NeuroSky brainwave sensor, the reader’s brain activity directly affects the internal dialogue of the main character, in turn, dictating the outcome of his series of psychosomatic realizations. The system is an adaptation of the traditional choose-your-own-adventure. However, instead of actively making decisions at critical points in the narrative, the reader subconsciously affects the story via their level of cognitive engagement. This piece makes use of new media devices while, at the same time, commenting on the seemingly inevitable implications of their introduction into society.

This project was my thesis in graduating from Parsons with an M.F.A. in Design & Technology.

Charcoal Mike

It was my girlfriend’s birthday and she really likes Michael Jackson. I think this is the best charcoal I’ve ever done. 🙂

michael

Dot – Graphic Novel Character Design

Dot is one of the main characters in a sci-fi graphic novel that I’ve been working on as a side project. The story largely inspired my thesis, Rob3115, which is a graphic short story about a robot. The piece is interactive and is affected in real-time by the reader’s brainwaves.

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Demo Reel

DEMO REEL

DEMO REEL BREAKDOWN

DRB

ABC No Rio – An Illustrated Short Story Prototype

I collaborated with two other artists, Tharit Firm Tothong and Giselle Wynn, on the creation of this illustrated short story for a class project. The piece pays tribute to ABC No Rio, an art gallery and concert space in the Lower East Side that has been in operation since the early 80s and was very active politically active during the late 80s and early 90s, acting as a sanctuary for society’s misfit demographics, as well as taking a strong stance of opposition to NYC’s heavy gentrification at the time. The piece speculates a fictional narrative from the point of view of a poor musician living in the slums of an overpopulated and depressed urban setting.

The piece is comprised of unpolished illustrations, done by myself and Giselle, as well as a collection of photographs of authentic artwork from within the walls ABC No Rio itself, taken by Firm. Firm also oversaw the design and layout of the composition.

Bull’s Eye – Hand-drawn Animation

This hand-drawn animation is of an archer readying and firing his bow:

Robot Man


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