Thursday, March 6, 2014

Plankton image with embedded AR

Plankton in the Hudson Valley with embedded AR using Aurasma
Follow cbrbuin on Aurasma to view content

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Eden Waters AR (Augmented Reality)

Videos, Photographs, and Sounds are hidden within Eden Waters
To view the Augmented Reality in the image above
  1. download the Aurasma app for your smart phone or tablet
    Google Play

  2. Scan the QR code

  3. Make Eden Waters image  full screen
  4. Point to Eden Waters image on your screen!
go to for link to download for your phone or tablet 

This image is extracted from the video in progress:

an example of what you will see with Aurasma

And more examples below

Eden Waters: Hudson Valley Fresh Water

Eden Waters - work in progress

This is a very short sample of a work in progress derived from manipulated video captures of life in fresh water from a muddy area in the Hudson Valley.  The layers of teaming life are meant to simulate the imagined experience of swimming through the water as a microscopic creature.

 The water samples used in this video are from Camp Eden Village in Putnam Valley, New York. Layered within the video, they represent the emergence of life in the early spring of our Earth. The work was begun during the "Art Kibbutz" artist residency. Music by Bob Gluck. All imagery found and modified by Cynthia Beth Rubin.

The actual video micro-captures were done in the lab, with small drops of water from the source.  One of the challenges was imagining/recreating the sensations of filming under water.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Medieval Plankton and the Four Humors

Medieval Plankton and the Four Humors

Thanks to the Oxford Gallery of Rochester NY for inspiring this image.  Each year the gallery director, James Hall, comes up with a challenge for the gallery artists.  This year he challenged us to work with the theme of the Four Humors.

Because the idea of the Four Humors stems from early medicine, I turned to a Medieval Hebrew Manuscript as a source of inspiration, mixing the motifs of the era with my own captures of plankton. Of particular interest was the way in the plankton became to take on the character of the medieval decorative faces - the same lifelike haunting spirituality of the Middle Ages.
Calendar of festivals  Bibliothèque Nationale ms Hebr. 21 Folio 4v

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Collecting Ceratium lineatum

Grouping the Plankton Portraits as long thin slices of moving life in an imagined water world. 

and an imagined installation

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Traces: Plankton on the Move

(link above is to low-res version - for High Definition click here)

In the spring of 2012, Elizabeth Harvey presented me with a flat gray video of moving plankton.
The challenge that I undertook was how to bring the movement of the plankton to a place where we could feel the magic of their existence. 

Through changing colors and adding tracks of their movement, I was able to bring a kind of spirituality to this most basic form of life.

Most plankton videos show them as frenetically moving about - but in this case because I added the traces of their movements they look like they are moving more slowly, as we can actually follow the trajectory of their movements.

Music by Jerry Fishenden, composed for this work, adds to the power of the plankton portrait. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Artistic Ceratium Lineatum

Working with samples of Certatium Lineatum provided by the Menden-Deuer lab at the University of Rhode Island, I digitally "captured" swimming specimens using a microscope and video camera in the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

The backgrounds and color shifts serve to make the images more lively, and to give viewers the sense of the complex environment of the ocean waters that are home to these microscopic plankton.


Original Captures with Colors slightly enhanced