Constructing Tactile Relationships with the Intangible
“Arkhé” means origin, beginning, or source of action; it also describes the first principle from which others are derived. Bearing this in mind, the Arkhé project aims to help people identify, understand, and interact with the fundamental, intangible relationships that exist around us. We achieve this by simplifying experiences to their base components and reframing core interactions in order to evoke complex emotions. Our projects share this universal goal despite their many different forms, ranging from educational tools to art installations.
Join us at the Rochester Fringe Festival!
We're excited to invite you to our interactive installation, Living Room. Experience the intangible at the following showtimes:
- Sept 15, 6 - 9 pm
- Sept 16, 10 - 9 pm
- Sept 17, 11 - 5 pm
- Sept 22, 6 - 9 pm
- Sept 23, 10 - 9 pm
Arrive when you wish, leave when you like. The experience is ongoing. More information at rochesterfringe.com
Learn more about how we built it in our interactive preview
An AI-Powered Interactive Experience
Experience the power of artificial intelligence in Haruspex, an interactive exhibit that explores the complex relationship between technology and personal agency. Through a combination of computer vision and GPT-based AI, seekers of our AI oracle can have their fortunes read and interpreted into a variety of forms. The exhibit encourages visitors to consider the implications of rapidly-advancing technology and the power they hold over their own future.
Shared Nostalgia Interactive Experience
We invite you to join us for a peaceful cup of tea in our Living Room. The installation aims to coalesce an experience of American nostalgia while manifesting a sense of growth and adaptation in the participant. Implemented using a variety of embedded sensors, computer vision, and functional programming, the goal of the ongoing Arkhé project is to experiment with tangible digital interactions and tap into atavistic knowledge construction.
Functional Programming Teaching Tool
The Composition Cards project is a mixed-reality tool that aims to help students perceive the underlying structure of their code and learn how to compose software from simple axioms and first principles. We use camera input to read and interpret physical index cards that are laid out end-to-end as if they were a simple programming language and “transpile” them into some other language for execution, enhancing students' understanding of function interactions.
Arkhe's projects have been demonstrated at a variety of shows, including Imagine RIT, the Rochester Fringe Festival, and the Frameless XR Symposium. If you are interested in having Arkhe at your show, don't hesitate to contact us!
The team behind Arkhe is comprised of students and faculty from the Rochester Institute of Technology, spanning a broad range of experience levels and skillsets. With a fiercely democratic culture, all contributors are treated as valued co-creators who shape and mold an ever-evolving shared vision.