Great project by Rolf Rando, Re-animating Antiques With Arduino:
Living a hundred feet from the San Francisco MUNI ‘J’ line is a great convenience getting to work, but the train’s unpredictability led me to constantly check online to see when the next train would arrive.
Really impressive student project by Marina Mellado called LUZ: a lamp which helps people who are physically and psychologically affected by the lack of sun or daylight.
We don’t live in a vacuum. Ideas are built on top of those that came before us, and we will hopefully inspire others. I want to record the inspiration and analogous experiences which inform A Mean Center, both to stay transparent and to act as an inspirational diary.
With that preamble complete, I’d like to share VENUE a
pop-up interview studio and multimedia rig traveling around North America by Nicola Twilley and Geoff Manaugh. A sort of traveling documentation machine, VENUE journeyed throughout the USA in 2013. I love these totems they created carrying a series of recording devices.
These are just beautiful. They were designed in partnership with Chris Woebken and took 6 months to fabricate. Stripping down the tripods to their elemental shapes by powder coating them is magnificent.
In my case I won’t be using the system to create recordings, it will be an active participant through changing light values. I was already looking at surveyors tripods,marking a location was a directly analogous activity, but I think powder coating the tripod black so as to receded into the background would be a better move. I want the lamp to be the star, not the tripod. If my system can be as refined and beautiful as these, then I will have successfully fulfilled my self-imposed design brief. This is a great bar to reach.