STEMarts Curriculum Tool

Noisefold with Cory Metcalf

Interium is a hybrid virtual reality and multi-channel projected video installation that exists as a speculative glimpse into an inter-dimensional state where the viewer-participant enters a world nested within a world within a world. The term, Vesica Pisces refers to a symbol made from two circles of the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each circle rests on the circumference of the other. The artist team of Donovan, Metcalf and Stout utilize generative techniques in real time algorithmic image, sound and music synthesis to create a tangible experience of traversing liminal boundaries. This reexamination of landscape explores the classical figure-ground relationship within a simulated artificially intelligent virtual environment that allows for powerfully visceral experiences including extreme fluctuations of scale revealing seemingly infinite heights and horizontal expanses.

About the artist

Noisefold is a group of trans-disciplinary artists working at the nexus of visual art, music and interactive cinema. Their work often involves close collaboration with virtuosic performers, programmers, designers and scientists. Utilizing their own custom designed real-time performance software, they are able to generate novel 3-D visual forms through hybrid processes, bending geometric coordinates and folding multiple data streams back on themselves. Whether live performance, architectural installation or simulation environments, at the center of their work is the poignant experience of deep time. Interium is the culmination of an interest in the immersive nature and vast scale of the virtual reality medium.

  • Interview with CURRENTS NEW MEDIA 2017 Artists
    CURRENTS NEW MEDIA 2017 Opening Night 
    NoiseFold 2.0
    NoiseFold: Metamorph
    Aludel of the Dawn Albedo
  • 4 Directions Home
    NoiseFold and Trio KAZE: The Golden Tree

skills applied

  • Video processing
  • audio synthesis
  • visual programming (Max)
  • GLSL shader language
  • Perlin noise


Interium is made almost entirely in Max. Max allows you to design visuals and sounds in real-time using a visual “patching” oriented approach to computer programming. It is an easy way to prototype projects and to interact with sensors, MIDI controllers, live instruments and musicians. It can also be used to connect various other software are hardware environments, letting you extend the tools you already use into new directions. You can try it out with a free, fully functional 30-day demo.There are lots of tutorials on youtube and on the Cycling’74 website, plus a larger curriculum built in to the application.

Another central aspect of my work is the idea of feedback, where the programs respond to themselves and alter their behavior in unpredictable ways. One of the things that first got me really excited about the idea of live video processing was playing with video feedback. If you have a camera at home, try plugging it into your TV as a monitor, then pointing it back at itself. Enter Video Feedback Art in the STEAM Wiki search tool to find some links that will get you started. 

STEMarts Design Tool

The Stemarts Design Tool provides a step-by-step tool to show you how to engage with the Pollinator Concentrator, a site specific interspecies installation at the Rio Fernando Park created by BioSTEAM Lab artist, Ana MacArthur. Explore the artist page to learn about the installation, to understand its purpose and how it works. Research the science and technology behind the art. Experiment with the hands-on STEAM activities to understand the artist process before coming to visit the installation at Rio Fernando Park. Take a field trip to experience the Pollinator Concentrator in person! And finally, when you go back to your classroom, create art inspired by the artist's installation and contribute to the related citizen science projects to be a part of Taos Land Trust's ongoing efforts to restore the watershed and pollinator communities at Rio Fernando Park. This tool will take you through each stage of the process. Just click on Explore to get started!

Explore interspecies site specific installations.

Andy Wagener creates innovative installations that raise awareness to social and environmental challenges. He does this through the use of unique materials and technologies, but also because he chooses topics that he connects with personally. For this activity you will design an installation concept to explore an environmental issue that you are passionate about. For ideas you can visit the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Discuss the issues with your team until you find an environmental challenge that you all agree on.

Research the science and technology behind the work.

Once you have identified the environmental challenge, it is time to research the facts about your topic. Check out the STEAM wiki below to get you started. Explore pros and cons, investigate any controversies, and have discussions with experts in the field until you have a strong grasp of the topic. It is also important to start researching materials and tools that can be used to communicate your ideas. Review the artist’s work on this page to learn about how he created the CLOUDNET installation to raise awareness about the dangers of ghost fishing. What can you learn from his process? The research will continue as you progress with the design but you should have enough information to start exploring how to communicate these ideas through art.

Experiment to see what’s possible.

Now that you have done the research on your topic and tools you can start brainstorming on ideas for an art installation and testing out some materials and techniques. Even if you are not going to build the installation in this phase you still need to play around with materials to see what is possible. Explore all the STEAM wikis below which include some fun technology tools that the artist used. Start sketching out concepts and jotting down notes with ideas for an installation. Don’t try to edit at this point. Start a sketchbook just for this project and write or draw anything that comes to mind. This is where you let your imagination run wild!

Visit the Rio Fernando Park.

The next step is to do a final drawing that communicates your design concept for an installation. This could be done by hand or on a computer. The design should show what it will look like and the materials you would use. It would consider possible sites and how people would interact with it. It can include diagrams, text, photos or anything you like. Most importantly it would show how the installation serves to raise awareness to the environmental issue that you chose. Since an installation is multidimensional you will have to find a unique and creative way to communicate your installation concept.

STEAM wiki

The STEAM-Wiki is a place to get started with your artist research. You will find links to articles, images, video, and tutorials that relate to Cory Metcalf and Noisefold's work.

You can search by clicking on the links below or you can click on the topic words in the word cloud for specific areas of interest. For example, VIRTUAL REALITY to learn about the latest research and tools for VR technology or SOUND for experiments around the sound component of the installation. If you are looking for STEM + Art activities type in STEAM Activities.  To view all options, use the keyword ALL.

Remember the resource is an open forum sharing links and ideas that others have found – always check your sources and give credit where credit is due. The open source movement generously shares its knowledge and relies on user feedback – so if there’s something really good or doesn’t work let others know.


Next Generation Science Standards

Core Idea PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

PS4.A: Wave Properties
PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation.

Other Artists

Espacio La Nube
Projecting Particles Collective
Victoria Vesna
Cory Metcalf
Reilly Donovan
Parker Jennings
Cristopher Cichocki
Taos Youth Ballet