Gabriella Levine

ongoing and past work
sensitive buildings


Transpiration is a data-driven, reactive projection in 240 Central Park South. It is demonstrative of the motion of the elevators through the elevator shafts, based on the flux of people in and out of the building. The data is collected using the security cameras deployed in the four elevators.

sensitive building: 240 CPS

Romantic Lighting Sensor and Networked sensors

A wireless robotic locomotive doorbell surveillance camera

I started making a wireless doorbell that would make a phone ring

Perhaps the phone no longer requires 20 Hz at 48 to 90 volts AC because it doesn’t have those vintage brass bells but rather a buzzer with a piezo, but I couldn’t figure out how to get the right waveform – then the phone went missing. so… my doorbell is a number of layered moving servos activated by a joystick. There is a wireless camera attached to the top which plays back on a screen (or a computer if I go through a little unit (from GrassValley I have).

Jerky camera robot arm prototype:

Camera mounted:

Testing the servos:

Wirelessly controlling three servos with my joystick:

I used a joystick that I had previously hacked into, for the networked PONG game that is in the hall of ITP.

Here are some photos from the process:


more to come



Glacial ice melt from global warming has raised water levels, drowning buildings and transforming the landscape into a dynamic marine environment.

Swarm Behavior:
A decentralized swarm forms a city of autonomous agents replacing the idea of a traditional city with a dynamic mesh. Reliance on the swarm creates stability, self-organization and community.

SM_ART has migratory behaviors allowing agents to reposition themselves in order to avoid unstable conditions in the water. The water poses new threats to the sustainability of the habitat in the form of toxins (oil/nuclear waste), piracy, large animals and plastic debris. Avoiding these dangers allows SM_ART to be sustainable.

Carbon fixation processes are carried out by phytoplankton which live in the cellar of SM_ART. The waste is converted into structural material through the chemical reaction process.

Agents can move between network hosts and sub-networks creating new ideas of neighborhoods, cities and the permanence of place.

Through technological advances in self-regulatory systems SM_ART survives. SM_ART gathers solar and wave energy and converts it into electrical and metabolic energy (food growth). Complex waste disposal systems rely on the new green biotechnology.

Come join Emily Webster and Gabriella Levine, and live with the SM_ARTians!