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Artist Amos Latteier writes about an iPad project that he’s just launched: “The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants“. It’s a quirky educational iPad app for inquisitive children and adults.

Latteier says he wants to share his fascination and create something beautiful that speaks to people on multiple levels. You can buy it at the app store for $3.99.

Back in 2004, Latteier created Call of the Wild, a series of cellphone audio tours of downtown Portland parks. It was a wonderful idea; simple and effective. Everyone has a cell phone. The free audio tours focused on plants and animals in downtown, contrasting them to their human cohabitants.

Perhaps nobody loves ants as much as E.O.Wilson. Here he is at TED, defining The Encyclopedia of Life.


Sound artist Ethan Rose brought Portland City Hall to life with a symphony of hums, boops and other vocal ticks.

Synchronized Ipods provided each performer with a set of distinct instructions that guide their vocalizations and movements throughout the rooms, stairwells, and alcoves of City Hall.

TouchOSC (above) is an iPhone/iPad app that lets you send and receive Open Sound Control messages over a Wi-Fi network. It allows to remote control and receive feedback from software and hardware that implements the OSC protocol such as Abelton Live.

Using MIDI (or MIDI over WiFi), you can remotely control VDMX 5, a live VJ program. VJCentral.com has more software for VJs.

Collaborative music apps like Daisy Phone or smartphone instruments present lots of interesting possibilities, particularly with collaborative public art.

Projection Mapping projects a modeled 3D object onto a the facade of a building. DJs and VJs may find the iPad has lots of limitations, as a stand alone device. But they can control laptops running Ableton, Serato, Traktor, VirtualDJ or VDMX.

Portland’s NW AudioVisualists get together regularly. Really Big Video used projection mapping at Portland’s Time-Based Art festival.

Related Dailywireless stories include Animated Holiday Lights, Living Light Sculpture

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