conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction–the figurative midnight–and monitors the means humankind could use to obliterate itself. First and foremost, these include nuclear weapons, but they also encompass climate-changing technologies and new developments in the life sciences that could inflict irrevocable harm.
Last July 23-27 2012, the workshop on “Physical and Wearable Computing”, organized by SUPSI within the summer school in “Digital Fabrication and Interaction Design”, has took place involving about 20 participants. This workshop has proved to be a very good approach to introduce future makers to the concepts of digital fabrication, prototyping and design of interactive objects.
On the workshop’s homepage, several prototypes and artifacts manufactured during the workshop are presented. Among them, it’s worth to mention Poetry Zoo, a set of laser-cut and RFID-equipped animals that generate poetries, The Sound of a Line, where simple melodies can be performed by using a ball with conductive ink in combination with a special glove, and Superfluo Shoes, a pair of shoes that react based on movement.
The complete list of projects developed during the workshop can be found on its official home page, while a personal view of this experience by Zoe Romano, who has taught at the summer school together with Massimo Banzi, can be found here.
Reborn is an australian digital creative agency whose mission is to design smart and innovative ideas.
Among their works, a very nice one regards a hack consisting in the re-engineering of a sofisticated espresso machine, to show its peculiar features in the process of coffee making.
By means of an Arduino board, the team can collect real-time information such as flow rate, temperature and pressure; then, a Processing sketch graphically presents this data to the user in an artistic fashion.
Finally, each cup of coffee made this way is decorated with an artwork summarizing this information in its own “personal identity”.
Variations II of Variations II is a kinetic sculpture inspired by John Cage’s Variations series.
Cage’s Variations II is a graphical composition that generates musical events using measurements of distance between dots and lines on a piece of paper.
The instructions for the piece determine the behavior of rotating panels and images synchronized to be projected onto the sculpture. Motors drive the rotation of the panels, and are used as a sound source for the audio portion of this piece.
The artist Jay Kim has used C/C++, Arduino, MaxMSP/Jitter and some stepper motor to create his sculpture.
In an article on the New York Times Nick Bilton report us an impressive sentence pronounced by Paola Antonelli, senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. She said: “The two most important introductions for art in the past 20 years have been the Arduino and Processing”.
Not all art projects we come across have precisely the characteristics of avant-garde art, but many are able to attract our attention and at least snatch us a smile.
That’s the case of “Crush Limbaugh”.
The ultra-conservative book organ includes the autobiography of Sarah Palin, a thriller by Glenn Beck, the memoirs of Dan Quayle and a book-length rant by Rush Limbaugh, each repurposed into electronic triggers hooked up to a central Arduino microcontroller. The Arduino is programmed with a music-generating algorithm, and each hit of a book triggers a single note, or some other type of instruction within the program. Toccata for ultra-conservative book organ (“Crush Limbaugh”) is the name of both the program which generates the music and the interactive, semi-improvisational performance on this instrument.
The performers are Sangbong Nam, Charles Peck, and Benjamin Martinson.
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“On Journalism #2 Typewriter” is a typewriter installation of Julian Koschwitz, which purpouse is to remember journalists who got killed in the past 20 years. The installation writes generative stories about all journalist who have been killed worldwide between 1992 and today based on the existing data on their life as well as their published work. The individual stories are connected through common fields of coverage, places, professions and the story is written endlessly on one endless piece of paper.Besides the text the typewriter creates flags which are distorted the more journalists got killed in that particular country. The installation makes use of Arduino Nano, Arduino and Processing software, 32 solenoids and shift-registers.
Social Jukebox is an Arduino-powered music player tailored to allow music sharing through tangible interaction. The device, based on wooden tokens, has the aim of bring back the physical aspect of music sharing and allow multi-user listening in a social environment. The tokens have RFID chips embedded in them, so the music player can read the link to a Spotify song. The device randomly selects tokens and tracks as it goes, creating a real-life, listening experience.
“Years” is an artwork created by Bartholomäus Traubeck that translates wood’s year rings into sound. The record player uses a system that analyse tree’s years for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data are mapped to a scale defined by the overall appearance of the wood and serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. The system is composed by arduino, ps eye, stepper motor for moving the tonearm, vvvv and ableton live, all connected via midiyoke and/or serial.