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Pop-up Virus Instrument

Pop-up Virus Instrument
(The good, the bad, and the dirty)

New York Hall Of Science, New York
As part of World Maker Faire 2017
Sep 22 - Sep 24, 2017
Interactive Installation, Live Performance

Mac mini, webcam, mouse, keyboard, speakers, JavaScript, Web Audio

Pop-up Virus Instrument uses pop-up browser windows as pixels to create visual and sonic experience.

Markov Chain algorithm is used to sample color from webcam capture pixel by pixel (one pop-up by one pop-up window). While sampling, generative chords is created based on the placement and size of each pop-up window.


We like web pages and web applications, but we hate pop-up windows. They are like trash on the internet, we close them immediately once they show up.


I treat web pages as paintings, the browser window is the canvases and pigments of the paintings. The experience of the modern web browsing indeed is an user-centered and practical service design. But we focus more on the content made out of canvas and pigments, we might rarely notice the canvas and pigments themselves also have great stories to tell.


Pop-up Virus Instrument is the first piece of my web application collection, Browser lab. It is an experiment project that treats browser windows as the content of expression, the material of design and the storyteller of emotion, not only the canvas. In Browser LAB, instead of interacting with HTML elements within only one window, users build a connection with the browser windows themselves directly.

It's a playground to gain more knowledge about browser window through playing with its virtual physical attributes, like size, position, color, layout and sound.


Exhibition and show

2017 - The good, The bad, and The dirty (R Rated Version), Frequency Sweep, Babycastles Gallery, 145 West 14th St, New York, NY 10011, Dec 17, 2017
2017 - Pop-up Virus Instrument, 3rd Annual NYU World Tour Pop-Up Gallery, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012, Oct 25, 2017
2017 - Pop-up Virus Instrument, New York Hall Of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368, Sep 22 - Sep 24, 2017
2017 - Browser LAB, ITP Spring Show, 721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, May 16 - May 17, 2017