My niece Carlotta has been visiting us those days again. She loves building stuff and all kinds of technical things and the last time she was here, she has built this awesome robot.
This time, she wanted to make a Halloween costume. We were both totally excited about this hillarious Jetpack, which was featured in a Japanese Gameshow. At the end, she built one for herself, which she named “Jetpack 9000”. It’s very handy for Halloween, as there’s plenty of space inside the fake belly where she can store her sweets.
Charles Carcopino and me recently gave a workshop in Belgium about computing with air as part of the Mons2015 Cultural Capital program. The workshop lead to an exhibition which I’ve documented here. Don’t miss the video!
The installation opened last week and will be running for the next half year. This time, the pneumatic track is roughly 70 meters long. It goes from the entrance hall, through the staircase into the first floor, where it passes the institute’s library, then it makes its way back to the ground floor. The balls race through the entire pipe system within 11 seconds, which makes them in average 22.91 km/h fast (The video above is in slow motion). That’s stunning to watch and fun to play with.
Give it a visit when you’re in Prague!
I just returned from Basel, where I conducted a workshop series for Hyperwerk, the Institute for Postindustrial Design of the local art school. Our aim was to develop concepts for mobile collapsible spaces, which the students can use for upcoming exhibitions.
During two weeks, plenty of interesting ideas emerged. Too many to present them all on my website. So I will just show you the project of Elisa Petri and Fabian Ritzi, as I personally found it very charming and funny.
They both came up with a mini multi purpose presentation cabin on wheels – without floor. The idea was, that they could walk around with that cabin, which worked really well. I can imagine that this extreme mobility can cause very surprising social interactions with visitors in exhibition situations.
Their cabin was built mostly out of recycled materials which they have obtained from companies in the industrial area that surrounds the art school. One side wall was made out of a used transport crate, the back wall was made out of old offset printing plates, the other side wall was a collage of cardboard sheets and plastic bottles. But the highlight was the roof: Elisa and Fabian got their hands on a broken solar panel, which we revived, and at the end it was powering a little DC gear motor that spun a flower pot.
On its back, the cabin has a little door, which makes it easy to enter it and to leave it. And even though the cabin is small, it is a bit too big for being transported it in a car. So the entire construction can be disassembled and assembled again in just a few minutes, without any tools. The trick is, that all the walls just plug into the roof and into a floor frame. And at the end, the whole construction is simply locked together with four seat belts.
That’s the cabin ready for transport. It can be easily rolled around on the floor frame.
The interactive kinetic installation combines a huge vacuum cleaner powered pneumatic tube transport with a small sized ball pit. The exhibition will go on until December, so there’s still plenty of time to visit it and to play with it!
During the last weeks, I was working on an elaborate documentation, which is now online. You can find it here. Don’t miss it!
For the lazy clickers out there, I have also embedded the video of the setup in Kraków here: