Matthew Yapchaian

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I am Matthew Yapchaian, a MFA candidate in New Media studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's (UIUC) Art and Design program completing completing my studies this summer; I received a BFA in Film/Animatio/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. I am interested in interface/interaction/experience design through the production of technologically mediated social experiences. My current research includes: cinematic narrative, social media, montage as sociality, ephemeral non-destructive graffiti, peripheral presence, fine art, and asynchronous live communication.

I am currently researching image-based communication between remote individuals. Post Image is an asynchronous live collaborative authoring environment installed on a user's personal computer desktop to facilitate communication amongst other Postimage users on a private or public network through a shared editable desktop wallpaper image.

Mobile Post is a mobile platform image-based communication technology inspired by Post Image.

Proposals for Technology

Image from MobilePost proposal. MobilePost
Current research:MobilePost, extends Post Image to a mobile platform, is a response to a recent open call for written proposals addressing alternative notions of time + mobile devices. A PDF of the proposal is available at the project page.
Detail of desktop wallpaper sample. Post Image
Current research: community/social spaces revealed through site-specific ephemeral non-destructive graffiti practices. Post Image enables a user's desktop wallpaper to function as a live, asynchronous, collaborative editing environment for visual communication amongst conjoined desktops on a private or public network.
still image from phonering video. Phone Ring
A user-specific dynamic ringtone for mobile devices. Phone Ring is an ephemeral aural representation of an individual user's most recent incoming calls.
breath drawn cloud. Breath Drawing
A collaborative asynchronous drawing practice conjoining remote spaces through "breath drawings"; quick gestures made, usually with a finger, on a surface an individual has breathed on in the absence of "fog"- moisture found on windows (morning car windows and bathroom mirrors).
Detail from Ephemeral Mapping map. Ephemeral Mapping
A tool designed to interrupt a user's daily walking commute enabling an awareness of their immediate [tangible] environment often ignored do to a regimented daily schedule. Ephemeral Mapping is a class project for Christian Sandvig's Play and Technology Seminar.
Pixhale thumbnail -a mouth gently exhaling into a mobile phone. Pixhale
A collaborative asynchronous drawing practice conjoining remote spaces through "breath drawings"; quick gestures made, usually with a finger, on a surface an individual has breathed on in the absence of "fog"- moisture found on windows (morning car windows and bathroom mirrors).

Collaboration

project: Gossip Gossip
Eric Gilbert (Computer Science) and I are currently investigating transforming a small portion of a person's gossip into a public display. We are in the process of conducting low-fi prototyping sessions with students from across the University. Information is not currently public, for additional information please contact me. yapchaian @ gmail .com
project: Goggle tour Goggles
More to come!


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