Wednesday, March 29, 2006

You talking to me?

Thanks a million to Rob for sharing his creative and simple solution which translates into great magic.

What is Yoda thinking?

His microbrain just let's it be, in true wizard fashion. I look forward to the next evolutionary step.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

new york pics

these are the favs of my trip to ny. starting with Rona Pondick, sculptor who uses 3-d printing to scale up and down her body parts to then cast in steel.

Tony Oursler- sculptor/video artist using plaster to create bulbous forms and then projecting video on them to bring them to life.

Inka Essenhigh- Don't know a whole lot except she went to SVA and is a damn good painter.

Tara donovan- Sculptor most commonly using multiples of objects, this one's a little extreme. You think you're in the clouds, but with a closer look realize you are actually being confronted by an army of translucent solo cups. This was about half the size of a basketball court.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Feel the Force...

The little green man will be here tomorrow (Tusday 28) accompanied by Master Rob. Make sure you are here bright and early to take advantage of his animatronic wisdom.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Snake Charm

This is a Basic Stamp controlled robot snake created by Dr. Gavin Miller in 1999. Click on the picture to see it move.
He is Principal Scientist at Adobe Systems Incorporated, but does this in his own time. He has been creating this fabulous snakes since the early 90's! He takes his inspiration directly from the critters themselves and explores different types of locomotion and behaviour as well as use of materials and mechanical solutions which are fascinating to explore.
I also enjoy his sense of humor, as in this photo:
which is a clear reference to an icon of the 80's, Nastassja Kinski, photographed by no other than Richard Avedon.
One can easily understand his love of snakes

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Yoda and its master

Rob Hamersma designed this talking Yoda that you can see in action by clicking on his image. We might have a chance to see it in class right after Spring Break since some of you are out this week. He was a student at the Intelligent Machines Design Lab and you should check out his class project, called Micro-Controlled High-tech Independent Putter! mCHIP for short. It is very impressive. I not only like the end result which is very successful but I particularly like the very detailed process documentation from conception to execution. Way to go!
And, no, he is not a web designer :-)