Archive for October, 2010

More cut-and-fold models for inspiration

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

for next week

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Laura/ Vig/ AQ: 11/3 > costume v1
Matt: 11/3 > board + car + hourglass (all except documentation)
Nick: 11/3 > 8 photoshopped images printed and aged
Thomas: 11/3 > cufflinks + box
Amy: 11/3 iterate the style sheet | map v1
Laurie: 11/3 > car cut outs; re-iterate the architectural cut outs to fit era
RR: 11/3 > design post cards/ check with Amy > 4-5 post cards (we want to approve and send to print next Wed)
AQ: 11/3 > activity sheet

human feeder: 11/3 assembled on a pole + lights

test acrylic (Amy helps)

Cut-and-Fold paper cars

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Here’s an idea for cut-and-fold memorabilia

Photos From the 50′s And A Sample Picture

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Possibly cross-interests

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

We talked about hooking up Android to Arduinos today during Android Tuesday. Here is the magic project that does it already, aptly named Amarino.

The whole Android experience is one of shared mistakes – and I would love to keep it that way. So if somebody gives this one a go, please let us all know and teach us!

Scheduling Atlantic station

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

We thoroughly miss Rebecca lost in the Far East. However we went ahead to break down the Atlantic Station part of the project work to stay in some kind of timeline.

So: refining the development (scheduling) for the Atlantic Station project:

What is everybody doing and when?
Thomas: clothes/ paper weight (design 10/27; documentation “of authenticity” 11/3; cloth 11/10)
Nick: family photos + cut out (historic samples + photoshop test 10/27; materials 11/3; completed 11/10)
Andy: mascot performance + activity sheet (after 11/10)
Laura + Vignesh: create mascot (parts + design 10/27; costume by 11/10)
Matt: parking car game (car + design 10/27; box and documentation 11/10)
Amy: map and visuals (style guide 10/27; map by 11/10)
Laurie: grown up craft (paper, needle work?) (design by 10/27; implement 11/10)


Friday, October 15th, 2010

1) limit projects

– breaking down into individual performance / documentation project
– facebook station

– duck tracking (AQ)
– candy launcher (TL/ VS)
– event organize (LF + AC)
— visibility/ readibility
– artistic interpretation (LM + MD + NP)

2) set schedule
Oct 29: candy launcher v1 | duck tracker v2
Nov 5: prototype testing (launcher + system combined (in 325) designs for event (LF + AC)
mid Nov: event itself
end Nov + Dec: documentation

(we need Rebecca for that but we discussed branded t-shirts, post cards – which we should send, and scrapbooks – each of us will have one performance piece individually assigned and implemented)
Nov 12: v1 of scrapbook assembly

Mapping of the Parking Deck

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Parking lots as performance spaces

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

I wanted to point to an interesting phenomena, local fairs.

Let’s look at local fairs. is a great example of a county-wide fair. The practice involves the gathering of equipment, staff, and food into what is usually an open area. In many different instances, the fair is placed near a leveled area. This can be a grass field or something more industrial, like a parking lot.

The Kiwanis club of Atlanta puts an annual fair in south-central Atlanta on a parking lot like this. Here the dynamics of the parking lot change with the addition of one major rule, you cannot park on the parking lot while it is in use unless you are part of the sponsored fair group. The fair group is not parking cars, but equipment instead. So, in an odd irony, patrons are able to freely move through the lot because its activity is restricted to a certain group of people. While parking has and does occur on the lot, it is done in such a controlled manner that pedestrian traffic will not be problematic as long as it is controlled. Imagine showing up while the fair is being put together! Failure would ensue. This highlights what are the expectations of the patrons; they are engaging in a kind of performance based on what is acceptable fair activity. This is far different from their typical performance in a parking lot, which involves moving cars and moving to and from them.

Observations in Piedmont Park

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010


Today I observed the activities of ducks, geese, humans, squirrels, herons, and dogs at Piedmont Park.  Below are my notes:

Notes on Piedmont Park

Field notes on Piedmont Park

I also visited the Piedmont Park Conservancy Administrative Office and inquired whether there was any monitoring of wildlife at the Park, and if so, who was responsible.  According to the receptionist, there is not a single individual or organization that does this.  She did, however, give me the name and phone number of a veterinarian who took care of an injured duck, as well as the contact information for the Programs Director who organizes, among other things, birding tours of the park.

Here are some more notes from my visit:

Notes on Piedmont Park

Field notes on Piedmont Park

Next to the Greystone Building, which formerly was a bath house, there is a new playground for children.  There is a walkway from this playground to the bridge with the gazebo over the lake. 

Based on my observations, it seems that the installation should be on the opposite side of the bridge from the playground.  By placing an attraction on the opposite side of the bridge, parents might have an easier time gaining cooperation from their children who are reluctant to leave the playground.  Further, we should consider offering something besides marshmallows, since many parents like to limit consumption of sweets especially with young children.  My suggestion is to have some kind of dispenser activated by ducks that will give children (or other passers-by) an origami duck.  Or is it possible to make an origami machine that will make the figure before their very eyes?

It seems to me that these refinements of our design will enhance people’s enjoyment of the park.

AR in MoMa

Monday, October 4th, 2010

You all got the email from Jill, but this is another nice twist to things to do; even though it is mainly doing a museum in a museum, which is a bit obvious unless one totally subverts this …

On Saturday October 9th, the physical space inside the MoMA NY building will host a virtual exhibition occupying all floors (including an additional virtual 7th floor) in parallel to the ongoing show. The show will not be visible to regular visitors of the MoMA, but those using a smartphone application called “Layar Augmented Reality browser” (available for free in the iPhone app store and Android market) will be able to see additional works on each of the floors, put there using a location-based augmented reality technique. The show will test case Augmented Reality art within an appropriate critical context: the bastion of contemporary art, MoMA.


Fabulous Agitation

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Stumbled over this Fabulous Agitation which also a blog by Christina Kral – interesting parallels (even though she is not very digital here, it seems)