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Tower

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The building of this tower started from a desire to create a viewpoint above the greenhouses which are surrounding my house.
It’s been built over a period of three months with found material, like wooden beams, cut down trees and bricks.
The tower is an ongoing experiment in combining different methods of construction while questioning fundamental architectural elements.
It’s a lookout, a place of quietness and an exploration of the relation between floor and ceiling, collumn and wall, entrance and exit.

Potentially it is possible to see far in a country as flat as the Netherlands.
In practice there are a lot of obstacles blocking the view.

That’s why this tower is being built.

 R.D.P.S.  (Ronald Schelfhout)

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Slime Mould Apartment

Nenad Popov has been working on an advanced Slime Mould Apartment:

I was investigating the workings of various water pumps. My experiments concentrated around the inexpensive electric water pumps found in the common automatic soap dispensers (Brand:Dettol). This easy to find item contains various useful components:

  • Infra-red sensor and emitter;
  • Electronics that can easily trigger a motor if the IR beam is broken;
  • 3×1.5v battery housing;
  • Short tubings;
  • Water container;
  • DC-motor driven water pump(inside it is a small gearbox and a DC motor).

I performed two types of experiments, one of them was making a water-controlled tactile display and the other was life-support system for the Slime Mould organism used in my graduation project.
* Tactile display consisted of a field of syringes covering the size of a palm of a hand.

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First version was a kind of a tactile mirror: Two fields of syringes were filled with water and connected by soft tubes. If a person would push the syringe field on one end, another person could feel the pressure on the other side, and other way around. This provided an interesting way of non-verbal, tactile communication.
Second version was already leaning towards my graduation project: I wanted to see if I can make a sort of a tactile microscope enabling the audience to feel the shape of ‘microorganism’ Physarum Polycephalum with the back of their body. Or just to make a really tall scuplture with a lot of syringe-like structures slowly going up and down in the rhythm of the creature.
To try this out I connected syringes to the water pumps and figured out a way to pump the water in and out of a syringe. Unfortunately the pressure that these pumps provide was not even strong enough to push against the human skin, so all it could do is a microscopic nudge. This was way too far from the smooth motion of the Physarum P, so I decided to delay this project till I have more time for it.

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* Life support system for Physarum P is made out of parts that could be find in the supermarkets and in the junk. It’s purpose is to keep the temperature & water levels at ideal levels for this organism. The housing is a microwave oven, and the heat source can be an infra-red lamp or a foodwarming plate. In the tactile lab I finalized the water-pump system which was in charge of keeping the growing medium of physarum at ideal levels. I tested circuits and programs that would measure the resistance of the growth medium. If the growth medium is completely dry then there is no water to conduct electricity, and the more water the smaller electrical resistance. Based on this value, system can dispense water accordingly at keep the organism happy.

Here is a video file with installation outputs:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45286286″>Merger 2ch</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/prrr”>nesa</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

And here are other slime mould time-lapses:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/43973651″>Physarum first timelapse</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/prrr”>nesa</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>
<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/35430604″>Slimefilm</a&gt; from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/prrr”>nesa</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Nenad Popov: http://morphogenesis.eu

 

mycelium architecture scale model

I made an architectural scale model out of mycelium substrate blocks. He cut them in slices with a handsaw, wetten the parts which wil connect to each other. He speeded up the proces by filling the caps with sawdust. Keep the whole moist, and within no time there is a living architectural model with even mushrooms growing out to support a wall of this structure.

Ronald Schelfhout

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Butterfly Stages

In The Butterfly Project  Marilena Kollia has explored the transformation process of the body. How this amazing insect changes its body shape seeking for new experiences. Inside the protected cocoon, it struggles for life, and in the end by leaving he old skin of its body behind,  it is finally free to fly in the air the air of new consciousness. This human scale costume gives the opportunity to think of our own everyday transformations..a physical and spiritual metamorphosis.

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The Butterfly Project was presented 5 and 6 june 2010 at the festival Kunst in Zicht – Marken http://www.kunstkijkenmonnickendam.nl

Get in Touch

Get in Touch is a warm musical instrument that questions the way an interface influences our behaviour. The user’s experience oscillates between seeing the bodies in the installation as material objects and being aware of an anonymous kind of intimacy.

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Matthijs Munnik, Ben Terwel, Charlotte ’t Hart started this project beacause of their  shared interest of using the
body as a material; “we wanted to create a human interface. The result  of our collabaration is Get in Touch: a work that is both installation, performance and a musical instrument. The installation  consist of a big cylliners shape, with human backs coming out of the openings of the fabric. Visitors are invited to touch the backs to create intruiguing noisy sounds. When you touch two or more backs, a connecion is made ans you can start playing. To change the sound you
apply more pressure. You can touch different combinations of backs to create new sounds.

This instrument questions the way an interface change our behaviour. As soon as you start playing, something strange happens, you forget you touch a humans. somehow this sensual action of touching someone’s naked back, is tansformed in an a-secual action and that body into an object. When you stop interacting however, you suddenly realize that you were quite intimate with the people inside the installation and suddenly the objects of the interface you were just playing with, become human again.

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construction:
the top of the installation is hung from the ceiling, with the white
lycra attached. There are 3 holes cut tin the fabric, from where the
backs come out. On the bottom is a ring to pull down the fabric.
Inside is a wooden contruction from where the performers can sit. Each
performer is attached to a circuit bended radio and crackle box, which
is attached to a speaker. The installation needs space so you can walk
around it.

<p>Get in touch from Matthijs Munnik on Vimeo.</p>

Get in Touch is presented at:

develloped by Matthijs Munnik, Ben Terwel and Charlotte ‘t Hart

529 – metal, mirrors & duct-tape

Joey van der Bie heeft 529 ontworpen. Dit  spiegelpak  is ontsprongen vanuit de behoefte de wereld vanuit een ander perspectief te bekijken. Om een hightech oplossing te vermijden is er gebruik gemaakt van grove materialen: spiegels, ijzerdraad en duct tape. Dit maakt 529 zeer flexibel, robust en modulair.

Op 5 en 6 juni 2010 was project 529 te bewonderen op het openlucht kunstfestival  Kunst in Zicht te Marken. Het festival werd dit jaar voor het eerst gehouden en  had als unieke eigenschap dat de kunstwerken de hele dag zich verplaatsten door Marken.

Samen met performer Marcos de Souzabello heeft hij 529 aan het publiek laten zien. Tijdens de zonnige  zaterdag stond vooral de buiging van het licht centraal. De ervaring van het dragen van het pak kreeg zondag meer aandacht. Joey was  zeer tevreden met de uitkomst van het experiment en de positieve ontvangst van het publiek.

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http://picasaweb.google.com/joeyvanderbie/529#5479986015440916434

http://www.vanderbie.net/extra/529/JoeySpiegels.AVI