ICM week6 : objects and Array
Mounting Motors : Little Tree Automata
I have done the tiny walking automata for the laser cut project before so I would like to try to create another one with motor. Since I already know that automata will take a lot of time, just for adjusting little parts to make it works sometime take hours, I plan to go very simple this time and will use paper to be the finished objects.
Materials / Tools :
paper / cardboard
screws / screwdriver
cutter / cutter board
I didn’t order any materials online but went to Thinkersphere to get my motor mount and the shaft couplers. After got everything I need, I started by cut the wood into pieces as plan according to the size of toy motor that I choose to work with.
Then It time to assemble the wood parts to make the automata move. I didn’t want to do paper mock-up ( which I deeply regret later ) so I try to assemble all parts together roughly and make the marks for the hole that need to be punch later with pencil so I can erase and sand it off later easily.
After every parts was cut and the holes was punched, I sand all pieces and assemble it together with screws and nails. Realized that the toy motor speed is too much faster than I thought, I took the battery part off and back to hand method to finish working on the automata part that will pop the little plant out off the pot. Then draw and cut the paper for the finishing.
I did a lot of mistakes by not planing well on this project. For example, I have to go to Thinkersphere for the second time because I bought the wrong size couplers ( and they do not do return there ), I plan to do the auto mata so it needs motor not the servo but I didn’t plan to adjust my motor speed before assemble so at the end I still have to use my hand to make the automata move anyway. I also learn that the rod will need a certain space to move otherwise the will stop turning and your automata will not move at all and the shaft couplers screws must be put in a specific place before use others wise it will just disappear because it very very small.
Planing is very important in very projects especially when you need to order it online. I tend to always overthinking about what I want do before order anything just for the sake of money saving. Anyway, after this fabrication class, now I learn that buying things before hand helps me think about the project easier and allow me to be a bit more playful with the my initial ideas.
ICM week 5 : Function
I start this week homework by trying to use rotate( ) in for loop first since I couldn’t seem to wrap my head around it last week. Though, I found that the design that I want is easier to if statement. So I rewrote it and got this pattern.
After that I put the same pattern in inverse by fill the color to create another pattern, then put both of them to function mode and start to play with it.
Two Materials Project
I would like to try to combine origami with different materials. So I try to make origami lamp with cork board and rubber plate that I found in hardware shop and like its vibrant color red.
Materials / Tools :
wall hanger hooks
First I started by folding the origami and use it to measure the end pieces on the cork plate. After cutting both the end piece out, I attached both sides of the origami with the cork piece with the pin nails to close the origami’s shape.
Then I moved on to the backing part of the lamp by measure and cut the circle hole in both rubber and cork plate and glue it together.
Since I like both of the cork’s texture and the rubber’s color so I decided to use both of the materials for backing part of the lamp. I try to play with the magnet first to see if it able to set the paper lamp in place and turns out it can hold the paper origami on the backing plate just fine. Therefore, I started to put the hole in the cork’s part of the the origami lamp.
Then I put the hanger hooks on the corner of the hanging part
Now assemble the origami and the backing together with the magnet
My initial idea of this project is actually to make an origami vase. I already finished the project day before and hang it on the wall in my room. Though because I attached the vase with the the zip tide to the cork plate which is pretty crumble, so the cork was broken before I got a chance to take any picture of it and I have to come up with the lamp idea instead. Anyway, I still like the new product and also learn a lot about how to combine the material with its own constrains and structure.
ICM week 4 : For Loop
Using for loop is kind of changing my way of think about drawing up side down and make me understand how to actually use P5 much better since I always approach drawing in a doodle / rough sketch way. Though, thinking about the final sketch first is also interesting.
I try to drew the rectangle first and rotate it in for loop but coundn’t manage to do it so I try to use quad() instead. Anyway, for using quad I need to read back about sin, cos, tan and ended up using sqrt() for square 2 which is pretty confusing to understand since it can not use as a global variable.
So here is the code I ended up with :
Enclosure - Tea Tin Speaker
I am a tea drinker and collect a lot of tea tins. So when talking about readymade enclosure, my mind automatically ran to the tin since the lid is easy to open and close also it’s very durable by itself.
Materials and Tools :
pen / marker
I plan to use the tin as a box to put a breadboard and Arduino. And use the lid cover as a panel for the buttons and the speaker.
After making small holes as a mark spots, I used a screwdriver to help me created the bigger holes for the volume control and on/off buttons. Then sand the front of the lid cover tin to get rid of the sharp edges created by the screwdriver.
I thought of spray painting all the tin box at the beginning for finishing. Though after sanding, the lid cover’s skin was scratched off and exposed but I kinda like the rough touch of it. So I change my mind from using the spray paint to sand all the surface of the lid cover off instead. I also peeled the stickers of the tin off and clean it with oil and warm soap water.
What I learn from this :
Sometimes it is interesting to go with the flow and follow the constrain of your found object. For example I plan to put a spay paint on to finish the enclosure but now I like the effects that I got from just sanding the surface of the lid cover much better.
Video and Sound ( week 3 ) - Sound Project Reflection
Our concept started from the initial idea that we would like to use an elevator as a space for our sound walk then followed up with our general understandings about the elevator that it is a space where people used as a temporary transportation service to get to another place.
Mostly when we stuck in space with strangers, we just tended to stay silent and the only sound we here is the sound in our own head. So, we discussed about what we were thinking about lately and our problems that we faced in general right now as an itp student then finally ended up with the concept of Mind walk.
What I like about the piece
I like that the piece is actually the pure collective of our group members stories and relationship.. For example, Mingxi and I are a little younger than Dawn so we faced the problems that she had already experienced it before. Therefore she acted as a mentor for us by being supportive and cheering us up which is why we used he voices as a supportive sounds in our piece.
what I think we could me it better
Our biggest problem is that we let the stories lead us out a little bit too far of our initial concept of the elevator space. We could think more about how to put the piece more into fit in the initial concept. For example, it might be interest if we just install speakers in the elevator and the sound just activate when people come in, or we could also put a small play into an elevator; I think our line read out loud in a tiny space might be very interesting.
what I learn from it
Time management!. Even though we like the pure emotions of the piece that we got from our discussion but working with stories and keep it in control under the initial ideas is pretty hard. Also, we could think more about the time management in each process since we spent a lot of time on stories discussion so we have to go very rough with editing to meet the deadline.
Feeding mr. Kaonashi his dango!
Using my week 2 homework as a platform, I work together with Pattrick by combined his signature beanie as his identity into the main character we have and try to put a game system to it. For example this game is we trying to feed the dingo to the character as much as possible before morning.
the problem we found the it’s very hard to wrap our head around the shape that is not geometric. So we spend a long time mostly just patch the scale and speed to the beanie to match with the ghost character.
I also got a problem by crating a moving to the ball and still cannot understand the function mousepressed and mouseIsPressed very well.
I try to run this code separately in the other sketch and it works just fine like I want it to.
but when I try to combine it with the main one variable d and the mouseX and mouseY didn’t seems to respond.
So I try to use mouseIsPressed instead now the mouse move. But variable d still didn’t respond.
Automata - small wood mechanical toys
I always have a thing for paper and small wood toys and have made easy mechanical toys from papercard and simple wire before. So, with the laser cutting machine, I wanted to make a replicas of my old paper toy from plywood by cutting the mechanical parts individually and hoping that the piece could last longer.
Materials / Machines
Laser Cutting Machine
To see the mechanical parts of my old paper toy again, I went on to find the old tutorial link of it but the link was not there anymore. Though, I ran into the other mechanical toy link which is offer many ideas of small mechanical toys also a model for laser cutting of the walking man automata. So, I used the model that I found and laser cut the walking man model out first to understand the mechanical parts of it.
Here is the link : https://wolfcatworkshop.com/index.php/walking-man-automata/
After the first model, I kinda get the sense of how the toy work. so I started to make my own version for the automata by adapting from the old model and decided to make a fly swatter automata.
I also learn from the first cut that cutting the wood in small pieces will burn the pieces and creates dark color on the surface so I covered the whole cutting surface with paper tape before cutting.
Laser cutting is pretty easy to use but the design that come with it must be very precise. Before the final piece, I did brake many piece of the mechanical parts because I didn’t calculate the thickness of the wood well and ended up still using paper in some parts if the toy. Anyways, it was a really fun project which I learn a lot about laser cutting and ended up with the products that I love.
Making 5 Plant Hangers
Living in a small space but couldn’t stop myself to buy new plants, I decided to make plant hangers for this projects. I wanted to use many small pudding bottles that I have as a vase as well. So, I started my sketch from 2 inch diameter hole in the wood plate which also fit tiny terracotta pots.
Tools / Machines
Wood Cutting Machine
Scissors and Scotch Tape
I cut the wood into square shape first, then made my own jig to cut the corners of the squares in order to create the hexagon shape. After that I drilled the hole in the middle of the wood to make a space for the bottom of the pudding bottle/terra-cotta pot to sit better and more stable. After that using the jig and to drill 4 small holes for the jute rope. And finally, Sand the pieces.
Use DIY Jig again to drill a holes for the jute rope
And here is my plant hanger! - and I have 5 of them :D
Making DIY Jig and using stop blocks seems very complicated and taking too much time at the beginning. Anyway, after it all set up, everything all went very smooth and effective - definitely much faster than repeatedly do everything one by one for sure. The unexpected thing for me in this project is balancing the hanger by the jute ropes is very hard! and I have no idea that you need to know some certain trick which is you should start from the top knot first so it’ll be easier to balance the hanger.
How computation applies to my interests
I moved to New York a couple years ago to take care of my husband whom diagnosed with cancer. So, I can definitely say that my husband has a very huge influence on me to really care about computation and want to apply it more to my interests since he is the first person who teach me to code in the hospital while chemo ports and IV drips were still sticking on his skin.
As a designer who have an architecture background, then shifted from architect fields to do illustrations and motion graphic for a political movements in Thailand and ended up be part of the activist group for human right against lese majeste law, I think applying computation to my interests will open my imagination and help me to create a new tool that I might be able to use to do somethings good to myself and maybe a little bit to this world either.
The projects that I interested in are mostly a mix between my backgrounds, so it’s a mixed of interactive architectural/space concept, story telling and political/social movements related.
Here is some of the projects I love and Inspires me :
Hansel and Gretel : Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Mouron and Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei is famous for his ‘art as an activist” but I love this project especially because he was collaborated with one of my favorite architect firm to create an interactive space where you could learn about surveillance and how the authority invade our privacy, also lean the whole process by being a target yourself.
Voz Alta : Rafael Lozano-Hammer
Rafael Lozano-Hammer is an artist who use electronic parts as a tool for his story-telling. Even though he might be known more from his Pules projects but I love this piece the most because the way he chooses to tell the story of the project on the site is very subtle but powerful.
Into the Light : James Turrell
As an architect I’m always interested in how lighting can create a curtain feeling and moods for the space. And James Turrell is just the greatest artist whom concerned with light and space in the world. I actually cried while experiencing this piece since when entering the room I feel that I enter a boundless immense space like a vast empty heaven and it just brought up all of the memories about my late husband.
Drill at Park Avenue Armory : Hito Steyerl
Hito is an artist/film-maker/writer whom always open me to the new theory about the world and technology around me. This show has her video installations that explain a lot of her ideas together and it just mind-blowing.
Also Zach Lieberman’s daily creative code project for his openFramworks is always very inspiring both by the projects and his artistic discipline.
For the self portrait assignment. I did…
Portrait at 5AM is a self portrait of me trying to figure out my code for ICM class homework while looking for the hope to sleep. The pitfall that I hit and still couldn’t figure it out is when I try to do some small movements for the eyes to create the ‘eyes rolling in the back of the head effect’ using variable. I also try to make the eye rolling effect by changing the size of black eyes to get smaller and disappear with zeno paradox but the affect that I got was working too fast and quite hard to recognize. So, now I ended up with the effect that the black eyes will get smaller then disappear in time but it will slowly come back and get bigger until it cover all the portrait, turning it to be just a black screen - which is kinda weird but it look like I just turned off the light and go to sleep. :D
Apple paper folding flashlight
My Inspiration for this project is actually came from materials itself. After starting to gather some leftover electric parts, I found many small LEDs, some wire, different types of battery and some conductive tapes which I ended up start to work with.
I choose to go with the red LED light. So, many of my initial sketch ideas just poured out from the red color itself. I wanted to combine the concept with my hobby; which papercraft and paper structure. For example, I came up with a flipped paper ladybug concept, a water melon card, or even a love hand sign gloves. Anyway after doing a bit of small mockups with paper structure, I choose to work with the apple concept by using the translucent paper folding as a shell for the flashlight and the conductive tape as a switch.
Translucent Drafting Paper
Wire Cutter and Stripper
Needle and Thread
For The Apple Core : Firstly, I started from the core of the piece by assembling the LED with the battery, then wired both side (positive and negative) of the battery out to use as a switch. I wanted to put a switch in a leaf form as a part of my apple concept. So, I striped the elastic cover of both end of the wire off and apply the conductive tape that was already cut in a leaf shape on.
For The Shell : Cut the paper in a long rectangular shape, mountain folded and valley folded the paper followed the structure pattern, then assemble the paper by using a needle and thread into a round shape.
you can find many folding pattern/instructions from the internet
for example : https://www.instructables.com/id/Origami-Suspension-Lamp/
Assemble : Finally, it’s time assemble! I put a thread at the plastic collar of the apple core with the needle, then just put the cover shell over. Just like a lamp - a miniature one.
It was a very fun project especially when I was able to combine it with my interest in paper structure.
I ended up learning a lot about how to wire a basic circuit in many different ways. And even though I have some knowledge of paper structures, but sometimes you’ll never know that it’ll work or not until you try it out, so I had to give up so many initial ideas. I also learn in a hard way that things that look easy wasn’t always easy as it look and you might need to spend so much time than you expected just to figure out with your concept idea that will actually work.
Experiencing Soundwalk 9:09
Soundwalk 9:09 by John Luther Adams
Subconsciously trying to walk between the Met and the Met Breure in 9 minutes as suggested by the piece’s name at first, I felt pretty tense by the time frame and couldn't fully focus on the piece because I kept looking at my watch and the map. The pieces has many layers of sound that kind of asking me to slow myself down and truly listen to its tunes. So after the first walk downtown to the Met Breure, I set the ‘Uptown’ piece in loop and deliberately walk/stop as fast/slow as i wanted and ended up spending almost 20 minutes on the same route.
Both pieces(Uptown and Downtown) has a very dream-like tune which gave me very weird senses of time in the changing; like when daylight turns to moonlight or in reverse, even though I was experiencing it in midday. The complexity of sounds that layered over busy street ambience was slowed me down to stop and try to figure out which sound is real, what is this sound made of or actually come from.
Most importantly, the piece also gave me a new way to think about making a relaxing music from uncomfortable beats since it has one of the best construction tunes I have ever heard.
I choose to do Soundwalk 9:09 piece for this assignment since English is not my mother tongue and I think it might be easier to enjoy sound experience without having any language barrier. Though the piece’s barrier is even more open than I expected because it allows ambiences, surrounding tunes and each of the walking experiences to be part of the piece. For example; on my way back uptown, a group of food truck guys on the street was using their tong to make a loud hip-hop beat that completely changed the tune I was listening at the time.