Projects Galore.

It’s been a really chaotic week with bursts of fun and minor panics, but I’m almost finished with Fall semester and it feels wonderful.

In this I have finished three projects and re-wrote a short story for my creative writing class. I feel actually very productive and am waiting for that moment where it’ll hit me that I am done. Soon I hope.

The first project I completed was a second iteration of my previous project involving arduino and such. For this version we decided to put our false breasts into a body pillow and create a space that implied comfort. Inside the body pillow was a light that would pulse as well as a stepper motor that we programmed to sound and feel like a heartbeat. We had people lay on the pillow within a space and the response we received was mainly that it was comforting in a strange way. Here are some pictures of the piece in the space. It looked oddly like a funerary piece but we liked that in a way.

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The second project is still speaking of my last post and my final video project. I finished editing the piece last night. It turned out beautiful I’m hoping for a good critique. Here is the video below. Enjoy!

My final project is for scene design. The final play we went through was Next to Normal. It is actually a really amazing musical and I really enjoyed listening to it (you can on YouTube.) I decided to make my set about facades and barriers and so I created these screens that can be projected on as well as platforms that the characters can walk on and stand based on the placement within the play itself. Here are two photos of the model. One is before I added the screens and one is after.

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I was actually really happy with the results. I am also happy that the semester is coming to a close. It’s been quite a roller coaster but I think I’ve made some great art.

Arduino and Models.

Recently I have finished the first iteration of a collaborative project.

Through the use of the uncanny we wanted to push the idea of the body and the desire for touch. Through Arduino we have control of electronics to make our concept even more clear.

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Above is the set-up we used for the piece. We constructed the LED lamp and wired to to a proximity sensor so that as the person approached the piece, the lights would begin to turn off one line at a time. The person would continue forward and the lights would continue to turn off until the room was completely dark. The piece looks almost medical because of the LED lighting and the shadows create interesting shapes over the whole piece.

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The sensor is located below the breasts, thus the viewer does not realize immediately how the light knows they are there.

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I have also been working on a few other projects. Scene design has been a struggle but I finally finished my model for Glengarry Glen Ross.

Glengarry Glen Ross model

This was a struggle because I wasn’t a huge fan of the play and I had to be more practical than my previous model with MacBeth. I am not a fan of making tiny furniture but somehow I managed to pull it all together working twelve hours on a Saturday.

Lady Icarus

I’ll start off this post and all posts with the song I’m feeling at the moment.

Below is my piece from last semester. There is this awesome class at UF called META (Media Experiments in Technology and Art) and it is a class where artists and engineering collaborate on a project in a group setting to make a final piece that incorporates both skills. In my group we had two artists and an electrical engineer and a materials engineer.

Our piece follows the ideas of interacting with art is in turn destroying it. Thus we created a bust that resembles a classical bust one may see in a typical gallery or museum, however it was made of wax. We had a heat source coming from the ceiling much like a spot light and whenever someone came to interact with the piece a sensor would be triggered and the heat source would be turned on. Our heat source was a hair dryer that we hooked up to the proximity sensor via Arduino, so the effect of the hot hair on the wax was beautiful.

The process was a difficult one. The electrical components were going smoothly but making a full size bust out of wax was a real challenge. I had a ceramics major help me make a plaster 3-part mold for the mannequin head we used and added to. After having a few leak instances and hot wax on bare feet, I found out that play-doh fixes everything and we were able to fill in the holes. Unfortunately to get the bust out we had to break the mold, but it was well worth the final result.

The project is titles “Lady Icarus” in reference to the Greek myth and even had wings when the light hit her form.

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Since our project could only be done once, we were very pleased with the end result and how quickly the wax dried to make these forms. Though we hit many rough patches the final piece was everything we could’ve hoped for.