Dan Zen will be re-branding the Dan Zen Creativity Framework to CreativityFramework.com and providing the framework free of charge. He would like people to consider the framework as theirs to use for creativity. He would also like to encourage the framework be used in schools and thinks a more generic name will help meet these goals.
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Had a fun time presenting ZIM (http://zimjs.com) last night at the Software Hamilton Demo Camp to an audience of 100 developers, designers, entrepreneurs, etc. in the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Tanenbaum Pavilion.
It was one of the sweetest (in the old-fashioned sense) welcomes I’ve had where a few shouts of Dan Zen led to a growing round of applause as I was taking the stage. It is nice to have a history of talks, the last being Droner http://droner.mobi where the audience controlled me with the multiuser app from their phones. I still had people coming up to me thinking that my essence of being is Kitty Tartan – http://kittytartan.com – I would much prefer they take note of Tilty http://tilty.mobi and Touchy http://touchy.mobi both of which I presented at different times with the audience playing with business cards and coins with their neighbors. So from the first Demo Camp where I presented Optartic Tunnel http://opartica.com – the app that I made my spinning pleasure card with to the Keynote on Creativity and New Forms of Mobile Games http://wp.me/p9ja-8Z, Demo Camp has been a very rewarding experience.
So on taking the stage, I explained that I did not wear my turquoise fun-fur cape (or was it a bib) as I wanted the audience to take me seriously. I was presenting ZIM which lets us build more easily on the Canvas side of HTML where we are free to dynamically draw for artistic purposes, drag, drop and hit test to make puzzles, e-learning apps and games – the traditional realm of Interactive Media. I presented the live examples and finished with the fact that since ZIM Frame has launched… ZIM is now officially a framework.
Questions and comments were fast a fun as always! One asked about avoiding the pitfalls of Flash interface – I claimed that I did not believe in one interface fits all of the ultra efficient consistency principle and we need room to explore as variety is the spice of life. Other answers had me saying if security ever became an issue, we could blame HTML and another answer had me poking fun at the HTML components which are in dire need of some design love and extension.
My favourite part was the last question where an eccentric character in the back shouted, “How is ZIM better than WHAT?” I asked what was what? The audience and I puzzled and then realized we were looking for a comparison with the competition. I hesitated a little – then said that the reason I made ZIM is that I needed what it provided and there were no other solutions that I knew of – so… I guess… ZIM is better than… nothing. I did not realize what I was saying… just came to that conclusion from my logic. So – ZIM is better than nothing!
http://zimjs.com/ try it out and then see the HELP section for community help and discussion.
Dan Zen – Memories of a Performer, Patron, Participator, Practitioner, Planter, Pollinator and PartierMarch 8, 2015
WARNING – LOCAL CONTENT! Hamilton is experiencing a cultural growth led by an organic happening called the Art Crawl. With organics, we have seeds. I would like to honor the seeds I have seen and sewn in the growth of our culture. Education is often at the root of culture and that in-part was my introduction into the arts – through the scene at McMaster University. Despite being an Engineer, I hung out in the Art’s cafeteria so partied with artists, hung out with musicians, etc. I made art, made music, put on shows, etc. during the 80s. Hey, and did the same during the 90s – oh… and the 2000s and here we are in the 10s and we are still going. Before me… I am sure there were scenes. I like scenes – I nurture scenes and do my utmost to promote and welcome people. Perhaps, that is my lot in life. I have always liked a good game, a good party, a social happening – unabashedly meeting people and introducing people – breaking down inhibitions. So, let’s check out some of these events. As much as possible, I will relate these to the James Street area and in each case, we should remember these as seeds and their organizers as planters, their attendees as pollinators, etc. I hosted some dances in the 80s during my Goth phase – then called Bat Caver. There was a guy called AD who also hosted an event called Nekropolis and that happened on King William, where later in 1994, Thee Gnostics were the house act at Hep Mondays at the X-Club run by Darren (but I have skipped ahead). After university, in 1986, I went to Europe for 9 months – another way to grow is to travel, and then we spread culture. I came back and brought back with me a mod / psychedelic outlook and started doing dances called Op Hops. One of these was at Patsy’s Banquet Hall on James in 1988. Somewhen around that time, there was a band called All Together Morris whose lead singer Glen Marshall had a studio space on James along side Denise Lisson’s gallery studio across from Jackson Square – so the first scene I recall on James St. However, one of my earliest Hamilton cool memories from the seventies was of the record shop on the corner of James and King upstairs – might have to ask Bob Bryden about that. There was also Susan George over in the warehouses by Beasley and various cool warehouse art parties. The Hamilton Artists Inc was located on James Street the seventies across from where Mixed Media is now and then on James by the Wild Orchid where RoseAnne worked and then on Vine and then over above Gallery on the Bay and then on Colbourne near where the Art Bar is currently just off of James and now in its fantastic new location at James and Cannon. We solute the board members and volunteers of this scene – Paul, Judy, RoseAnne, Ian, Donna, Michael, Philip, Tor, Ivan, Douglas, and many more. We were in at the Vine location before the Artists Inc. with a really cool art beatnik hang-out with Gaven, Stavros, Lorraine, RoseAnne and the Chessmen played there at my Stag. Earlier, Tomas, Lorraine, Walter and Zena had the Synagog on Cannon with their band, Sublimatus. Gaven and I put on the Figmentalisticanarianismist show there in 1991. Around the same time, I had a piece in a large group show at the Liuna Station on James – kind of. Many artists around. During Thee Gnostics time, the cool kids were hanging around Hess Village and we played the village a number of times. But the cooler kids were starting to think elsewhere and look for a new music / art scene. We went to Barton and Thee Gnostics had a great flat above an old post office as head quarters. Tomas, Gaven and Lorraine lived there and I hung out there almost daily and of course, there was James and Cosmic Ray. We connected with Elis and Dennis – who hung out with Francis. They started the Gallery 435 speak easy hang out and it is still going waiting for the artists to finally come to Barton when the rent gets too high on James. We were looking for a place for a scene and visited the Westinghouse building in hopes for it to become the new Rochdale. As Thee Gnostics we also played on James at Bauka‘s studio – can’t remember quite where that was – it was on a South East corner maybe James and Rebecca possibly York or Cannon. As well as excellent warehouses – Johny Angel on John for the Egypt Vishnurama. John and Jesse had a cool little place on Hughson I think and King William. The Double Feature Creatures were hanging around – Christine Leakey, RoseMary, Julia. Art parties at the greenpeace houses – Chris – the old Jewelry place on York, etc. And as mentioned, the Hep Mondays at the X-Club on King William right on the pre edge of the happening alternative club scene with Home Grown, Absinth and Baltimore House. That building will be amazing if it ever opens again. There was Psonic Unyon too on York and we did dances in that building with the mods – Samantha, Andrea, Valerie, Erin, Andre, Gaven, Sandy and shows at this amazing Chinese Playhouse upstairs on James around Rebecca – amazing place that and totally underutilized in our current environment. Oh, and how could I forget – the Tivoli – before the front was taken down – the auditorium is still there. Thee Gnostics played there watched by Chris, Lilly, Lisa – and others. When Barton took too long we actively were establishing a scene on John Street. John and Andrea Deal started the GAG Gallery in the space where previously, Mark Byk, Peter and Kristine lived and where we beatnik-partied like crazy! Later at the GAG we held the first Interactive Interactive show in 2003. We also held the No Escape Artathon where we locked artists up in the gallery for 48 hours. I MC’d that event to live web casting. I met Steve Mazza, Laura Hollick, Len Jessome, all who have gone on to great artistic heights in Hamilton. Many others too – Martin, Matt, etc. Bob has some pictures from around that time – would be great to see them. I planned to stage an Art theft to get people in the Suburbs to pay attention to arts in the city. I ran Interactive Interactive shows with Sheridan and McMaster Interactive Media at the Artist Inc for the next four years 2004, 2005, 2006 with the last one in 2007. It was just too hard to get media and people from the suburbs to come plus we started doing open houses in Toronto and packing everything twice at the end of the year was too hard. Here is a shot of James Street in 2007 with Mixed Media and the Factory at their old locations and Dane’s Loose Cannon where I usually purchased something each visit. I was at the first meet to discuss the Factory – it was held in the Artists Inc above Gallery on the Bay. And I certainly remember Mixed Media in their old place with Dave and Teresa – I donated a cool 50s boomerang chair and Ottoman. During the mid 2000’s I also MC’d a number of Artists Inc events with Sky Gilbert and Matt Jelly like the Sin Circus at Worker’s Heritage building where Brian Kelly works and prior to that there were the Fetish Fashion Shows with Sue Phipps and Ian James the last of which took place somewhere on James – was it the Chinese Playhouse (not really called a playhouse – would love to find that again!). Well… that’s enough name and place dropping for now – doubt anyone gets this far but good memories and really would like to honor all the folks that have made Hamilton so much fun. Keep at it – would like to tell the story of early Art Crawls but will leave that for another post. I am just glad a self sustaining art scene has finally arrived so we don’t have to work as hard! Our garden is growing – Gardener Russ would be happy – hi Russ! — 15 — PP – Please forgive me if I left anyone out – or even give me a comment! This was all from the top of my head so I may have mixed some details. Again, it is how I remember the past as it relates to James Street N and Art – there was certainly much more going on all over – art on James S, Kevin McKay‘s early SkyDragon scene, music scene at the Corktown, Dundas art scenes, etc. but I tried to focus on perhaps some forgotten seeds leading to our current wonderful scene on James.
I have been making interactive media for twenty years and now I hope to convince you to try. If you already code then I hope to convince you to try a new system. ZIM.
The HTML canvas tag allows you to dynamically manipulate pixels to draw and animate shapes. It was the early 2000s that we got this ability in Flash and it was very exciting. It is now very exciting in HTML where we can use free tools and publish just about everywhere. We can also bring our experience to a very large creative community.
While making Web pages for browsing does fall under the realm of interactive media, it can be more specifically called Web design. Interactive media is much more – see the Interactivity Scale. Interactive media allows us to create, communicate and play – not just consume. To make interactive media takes more than just tagging or animating – you have to code (program). This means capturing events and using logic to determine and create what comes next. It means providing a variety of interfaces so people can create things (applications). It means dragging, dropping, rotating and hit tests so people can re-enact the world but in a virtual space. These are things that were not done in traditional Web design and development (aside from maybe dragging items into a shopping cart).
Enter ZIM. When I was coding in Flash, I made over one hundred helper classes (a class is a bunch of code that does something and we can use it over and over). These were created over ten years and put into packages but otherwise were a touch hodgepodge. This time, I got to start fresh and planned from the start to let others use and understand these classes. Half of them are now in ZIM version 1. The other half, which are for advanced interfaces like gesture and multiuser will be launched as ZIM version 2. Certainly, there is a lot that can be done with ZIM version 1.
You can code with any text editor but it is best if you have syntax coloring so you can see the different parts of the code. Sublime, TextPad, NotePad++, DreamWeaver, etc.
Start with a ZIM Template – perhaps the basic template. Copy the source code into a file and name it sample.html. Now drop the file onto a Web browser – Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari. You should see a big button and if you click it, it will go to ZIMjs. Look at the code and see if you can make sense of it.
On ZIMjs, there is information about the functions and classes that are available. There is example code and you can try out the examples. There is also a Docs section that tells you what is available, what parameters you can provide, and what properties, methods and events are available.
You can start cutting and pasting bits of the examples at a time into your sample.html and see if you can make things work.
You will also need to know how CreateJS works so you can draw circles, rectangles, lines, and use bitmaps (images), sound and animation. You can use tutorials, etc.
Read about coding here: Dan Zen Museum Coding Tour.
Please try out ZIM and if you need a hand, there is the CreateJS Facebook Group where we answer questions about CreateJS and ZIM.
I can tell you now, you are as close as you have ever come to making being able to make interactive media. You need no huge application, no instals, etc. And you can package your code up into a mobile app in less than an hour once you know what you are doing – all free (aside from the $100 dev cost on Apple, the $25 dev cost on Android and $20 for Windows – free for BB). Just copy that template file and start poking around.
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Dan Zen has been interested in Light Shows for most of his life. He grew up watching Hilarious House of Frightenstrein – with Igor dancing in the oil drop psychedelics. Zen also grew up in the sixties and seventies with hippie parents and a love of patterns and shaping environments.
For his first band, The Chessmen (1989), he created light shows for pretty well every show. This was pre-digital projector times so were made from old slide projectors with their middles cut out to allow for custom spinning wheels or revolving tracks run by little motors. Many involved op art or overlapping lines and circles.
Oil Drops were a favourite. Zen would put several sandwich bags with different color oil and water into the slide area and squish them with a cam lever run by motors. He also created overlapping circular plates with mixing fins and trays trays for squelching as seen in many of Thee Gnostics shows (1994). Gorgolon Tape Release is pictured below.
With the dawn of digital projectors all sorts of light shows were possible. For Zen’s Final Gnostic appearance (aside from reunions) a compilation of old home videos including video feedback were projected. See if you can get through all of this song – it is worth it – there are some wicked sounds and visuals as the Hari Krishna come on to stage.
When Zen left Thee Gnostics (1996), he still did light shows for them as well as light shows for other bands such as the Ride Theory (Young Rival), Christmas and Simply Saucer.
Some Simply Saucer pics – look at pics to right in photostream to see more patterns used for lightshow – from the Dan Zen tool, Tilator. These flowed with the beat.
As Zen became able to animate to sound frequency in Flash he created light shows that moved to the beat of the music. Examples were the Christmas show in Toronto (try it) and The Magic Shadows show in Hamilton (try it).
In particular, the demand for original Christmas vinyl records is extremely high, with one album recently having been sold on Ebay for $2000! For this show Bryden was backed up by Toronto’s Saffron Sect and the performance was enhanced with a wickedly cool light show created by Dan Zen.
For Thee Gnostics Reunion show Zen created a water based light show that moved when people pulled on a series of Cyber Medallions hooked onto the light show – this warbled projections of the inside of keyboards. This was used as a wall projection as there was a projectionist for the night. See the making of video. The cyber medallions were given away to the audience after the show.
The latest light show for the Hawkwind Tribute show at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton used Opartica Tunnel controlled live by Dan Zen – click the link and watch as there are a number of snips from songs in the one video. There were also lights by General Chaos at the sides. See Pics.
Did the lights for the Bob Bryden Yorkville Days CD Release:
And Hollow Earth
Here are some videos from the 2014 Simply Saucer show at the Casbah for the Baby Nova Tour – animated factories at controllable speeds and background supernovas.
All the best and try adding a light show to your event!
Hippy New Year!
Hipster at http://www.hipster.mobi is in Beta – the Web version works. The mobile version which is its primary target should be out in January – it was completed first but delayed due to iTunes shutting down over the holidays (but that is okay).
Hipster lets you post pics of hipster sightings and tag-vote other people’s pics.
So come on in and try it out – just a fun free thing – no pressure. But please, if you know of someone who would like to partake, pass them the URL.
http://www.hipster.mobi – iOS, Android, BB10, Windows M coming soon. Web is working now (Flash).
Just figured out a good name for the hanging mobile device – Mobidallion. It is fun to say.
Working on the hangy.mobi app – here is a video of where I am at:
For the last while I have been prototyping mobile devices as medallions in a way to make wearable computing easy, affordable and practical today.
I have used iPods, iPhones, iPads, Galaxy Tabs as medallions hanging around the neck but my favourite size and device is the Blackberry Playbook. This is an excellent device with superb sound and screen – and is the perfect size for a medallion.
I am working on apps that let you express your mood, communicate, mesmerize and promote using simple gestures or grid based interfaces – which work as you wear. As far as I know, I am pioneering this technique. I have had dozens of people research for examples and have come up empty. Still to this day, there are no pictures of people doing this.
The odd thing is that I can do it with any existing device with a couple pieces of tape and a string in less than five minutes. That means you can do it too and along with the apps I will be launching will come instructions.
My prototypes also include pockets with plastic or cut out areas to see the screen of the devices as well as packs, headbands, sashes, pouches, etc. There have been arm bands to hold devices but the purpose has always been individual usage. With Medallions, etc. the purpose is to communicate with others.
Touchy, the mobile game from Dan Zen will be featured in a short segment on CBC’s Dragon Den on January 18th, 2012 at 8PM.
Touchy – visit http://touchy.mobi – is available on the Apple iTunes store and Android Market. It is a social game where players physically try to touch each others’ mobile screens. So it is a game of reaching and protecting – with shrieks of laughter!
The pitch went well – but I was called in the day after a three day conference with late parties each night and this was just after a long open house – after I stopped talking, I could hardly get my mouth open – all I could do was nod and smile! Oh well – Inventor Dan Zen.
We would love your help getting Touchy out to the people – please check out the game on iTunes and Android Market – just search for Touchy – links are available at http://touchy.mobi, leave a review and tell anyone who you think would like to play – it is hard getting the message out to the youth – the primary market.
If you are interested in getting involved in an upcoming Touchy Tournament – find us on facebook and leave a message on the Wall – http://facebook.com/touchymobi – all the best!
Altura at http://altura.mobi is a Web / Mobile site that lets people partake and write pseudo interactive stories in a fun and free manner.
We will not give away exactly how it works until you try it! Suffice it to say, it is another interactive storytelling feature from creator Dan Zen – http://danzen.com to add to the long list of interactive fiction environments:
Underwater Multi-user Sci-Fi Game
Save Future Earth With This Online Remote Control!
Zany Mysteries from the Mind of the Moustache!
Save thousands shrunk in a bottle!
Fly your blimp with all your friends!
Turn On, Jack In and Hang Out
Change sent mail after it is read
Spiral Encode Messages To Friends
Get Spied On!
Encouragement for blog comments
|TOWER OF BABEL
Whisper Words That Have Never Been Said
|A MILLION CLOUDS
Fly a Jet Pack Through a Million Clouds!
The Game You Can Only Play Once!
Ride the Prediction Train Into the Future
Tell stories through Facebook status lines!
Predict-a-Poll Web 2.0 Site!
Say What you See Tool!
Cool Vlogging Tool
|ZEN PICTURE PAN ZOOM
Scrolling Picture Viewer
Dan Zen has just launched three mobile apps on iOS, Android and Playbook. The apps were made efficiently with Adobe Flash and Flash Builder. Just search the stores for the apps by Dan Zen.
BUILD: 2 Nights
DESC: Swoodle to hone your finger tai chi!
BUILD: 1 Night
DESC: Wave your device to make sounds!
BUILD: 10 Nights
DESC: Decision and Faves tool.
The apps were uploaded to the three stores in one hour. This is amazing cross device efficiency from Adobe Flash and Flash Builder.
Dan Zen is the creator of TOUCHY the mobile app where players try to touch each others’ devices.
Click above to see Video. Thee Gnostics at http://theeGnostics.com are a Space Rock band from Hamilton. Dan Zen is the one with the big round glasses – Gaven in robe and Russ in Fried Potato Gang shirt. Missing are Matt and Thomas although they are playing on the song.
Fun to get the gang dancing – quite the eclectic styles. Please visit Thee Gnostic playlist on YouTube and leave a comment or two!