Group Coding

Intro to Computational Media

This week’s assignment was a group coding project. When we met up, I said that I was interested in making some sort of rain animation, but that I lacked the ability to make it happen. Fortunately, my groupmates (Amanda Lee and Yeseul Song) were more than capable. First, they showed me a video of an interactive installation called Text Rain (1999) by Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv. Here is a photo from the exhibit:


Text Rain at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia

Then we set out to create our own version of Text Rain. Here is what we came up with:

I use “we” very loosely, because the truth is that Amanda and Yeseul were the masterminds behind the operation. They were very kind in explaining each step of the process, and I gave my input, but the fact of the matter is that I still am not entirely sure what’s going on in the code. So I have included comments in the sketch below that state all the things I think I understand, and all the things that still have me scratching my head. My plan is to spend the next week investigating the things I still don’t understand. Huge thanks to Amanda and Yeseul for helping to educate my javascript-ignorant self!

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