Vikram Tank

Vikram Tank is a second year master’s candidate at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is a photographer by trade and is currently working in creating computer art and interactive sculpture.

Robot Chef Show

Today Anderson Miller and I took on the task of creating a cooking show based on recipes created by Robot Chef. Robot Chef is a program that Andy wrote in our Programming A to Z class which read all the recipes from three recipe web sites. The program then computes the probablity of ingedients to appear together in recipes. For example it will look at all the recipes and then see how many times for avocados and limes appear together, and then calculate a percentage based on the total number of times that avocados appear that limes appear with them. Robot Chef uses this data to generate recipes. Sometimes the recipes are absolutley disgusting sounding…venison and sugar anyone? Sometimes the results are suprisingly good. On the final day of A to Z Andy brought in some Tequila cake and it was actually pretty great.

For today’s project we made a cooking show with one of the Robot Chef recipes which we called Cashew Suprise Cake. Enjoy.

Robot Chef Cooking Show from Anderson Miller on Vimeo.

| August 1st, 2008

DIY Audiobook

For today’s project i recorded an audio book. I love listening to children’s stories on audio book, and thought it would be fun to make one on my own. I recorded Beverly Cleary’s Otis Spofford. It was actually one fo the more difficult projects I’ve done. I realized that spending 7 hours in a 2 by 3 foot padded room reading into a microphone is hard work. I did enjoy it though and the final file is below as well as a link to the Google books page.

Otis Spofford at Google Books

My Reading

1 comment | July 31st, 2008

Laser Activated

Today for my 5 in 5 project I assembled a trigger for camera flashes that is activated by a laser and used it to take some photos of a piece of ice landing in water. I have wanted a device like this for a very long time. A laser trigger allows you to fire a camera or a flash when a object breaks the laser beam. It is essential for high speed photography, and it makes other photo tasks such as position based photography possible. I am mainly interested in it for taking still life photos.  I also needed to have my unit interface with the Pocketwizard triggering system that I currently use.


8 comments | July 30th, 2008

Mating Drawings.

My project for 5-in-5 today was a system of software organisms that create drawings through behaviors.  In the early spring I went to go see Casey Reas speak about his work  He referenced Sol LeWitt’s instruction based art works as a source for his work.  LeWitt would send parameters and instructions to galleries to create the art work themselves.


1 comment | July 29th, 2008

Daily Posts

  • Day 1 July 28th
  • Day 2 July 29th
  • Day 3 July 30th
  • Day 4 July 31st
  • Day 5 August 1st
  • Guest Stars*

  • Day 1: Bre Pettis
  • Day 2: Dennis Crowley
  • Day 3: Kate Hartman
  • Day 4: Jonah B-C
  • Day 5: Andrew Schneider
  • Credits

  • Vikram Tank Coordinator
  • Rob Faludi Producer
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