ACTIVE is a sculpture of light built with Evan Miller. To entice the imagination and wonder about objective vs subjective reality.
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pulsing led sculpture - evan miller + mpinner - test 01

Lightning 10 gross LEDs begins in the one of a kind video art experience for visitors to The Source.

Giant expansive space high above the patrons is sparsely populated for creative expression. bring a local flavor of of collaborative expression to a focal point below.

Reacting to your motion as you enter the space; Sensors, video, images, and the live data from the internet are all merged to creating a living space above The Source, an urban marketplace in the Rino Arts District.

[opening event]


applications for rendering content to Open Pixel Control network stream.

depends on FadeCandy C Libs for opc client and effects framework. we've added some custom effect mixing and image loading for realtime brightness control.

[optionally] depends on BlackLib for live analog brightness control sensors.


opc content generation for testing troubleshoot and user contributions in mostly Python from opc/fadecandy examples


Toolkit for developing image manipulation code, layouts, and renderings for concept art in Processing

processing simulation

pulsing led sculpture - evan miller + mpinner - test 01


tool kit for running and configuring beaglebone black




Pulling the latest and Building

mkdir git; cd git
git clone
cd Active/bin/
chmod +x *.sh
. ./

my openpixelcontrol fork with SPI / TLC support

git clone 
cd openpixelcontrol

change hostname

sudo emacs  /etc/hostname
sudo emacs /etc/hosts

Setup root crontab for script autorun

sudo crontab -e 

Add in the following

00 11,23 * * * /home/debian/git/Active/bin/ >> /var/log/active-push-sparkfun.log   2>&1

# starts spi overlay gpio pins
# creates /dev/spidev* files
@reboot /usr/bin/python -c "from Adafruit_BBIO.SPI import SPI; SPI(0,0)" >> /var/log/active-gpio.log 2>&1

#pre-process videos 
#(with some large videos bbb cannot transcode in realtime)
*/1 * * * * /home/debian/git/Active/bin/ >> /var/log/active-process-videos.log   2>&1

# on boot start whatever this bone id configured for
@reboot /home/debian/git/Active/bin/ >> /var/log/active-monitor.log 2>&1

Edit /etc/fstab to make for less disk

UUID=8037fd09-ea0d-4c28-a348-1fbdf9fb0b92 / ext3 
relatime,noatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1 

tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults,noatime 0 0 
tmpfs /var/run tmpfs defaults,noatime 0 0 
tmpfs /var/log tmpfs defaults,noatime 0 0 
tmpfs /var/lock tmpfs defaults,noatime 0 0 
tmpfs /var/tmp tmpfs defaults,noatime 0 0 
tmpfs /var/lib/dhcp3 tmpfs defaults,noatime 0 0 

Double check /boot/uboot/ for IP addresses and the configurations you might want.


Light Emitting Ball (LEB)

Nsl Blinky Ball

jim campbell

disorient pyramid

fadecandy ecstatic-epiphany