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    Design Media Arts at UCLA
    In the 1970s space colonies were considered to be a viable alternative to a life restricted to planet Earth. The design of cylindrical space...
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    I apologize for the inconvenience, but as I was unable to embed this particular video on the space collective - but you can view it on youtube at this address:

    Warning: this footage is unedited video - I am currently in germany and can not able to edit the video until I return to the U.S. but please scroll through the video to understand the general concept, layout, structure.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMllNqOKwrA 
    Wed, Jun 20, 2007  Permanent link

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    The Final Installation


    The following pages display some of the visuals generated by my final installation. The installation which will be showcased in the Broad Art Center consist of a plexiglass panel system that constricts bubbles to create a visualization of the creation, merging, splitting and regeneration of cell bubbles. The piece functions through the use of air pumps, household soap and one sensor. The natural state of the system involves the simple pumping of bubbles when trauma or people are introduced to the environment, the sensor is tripped and destruction of the bubbles begins only to end after motion has stopped. The piece reflects the amazing relationship with nature as well as the practical aspect of automatic regeneration in structures through redundancy.





    Wed, Jun 20, 2007  Permanent link

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    Oakland Bridge Collapse



    The portion of one of Oakland's bridges that recently collapsed is an example of a system failure (although perhaps rare) due to lack of redundancy and automatically generated reinforcement. As a result of the fire that took place on this bridge from an oil truck crash, many motorists will have to find alternate routes from this freeway until the bridge is repaired - causing significant added congestion to the highways of the Bay Area.


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    Cell Regeneration in an Artery



    Nature's response to failed sytems is cell regeneration and reproduction. Our bodies and many other organisms in nature automatically fill voids or replace structural elements that once were. This can be seen as platelet formation on a superficial wound that bleeds but eventually stops.


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    Beehive - A Redundant System



    Nature's formidable examples of regeneration and redundancy in systems through combinations of networks and independent entities is visible to us in many instances.
    The versatility of being able to re-create what once was and re-generate what was destroyed is an edge that is lost in most of today's design and architecture - the insistance on redundancy on and for system's to resprout, regrow and fix themselves, leaving no trace of the trauma that perhaps was once imposed.


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    Designing with Regeneration in Mind





    This project will involve exhibiting these essential and intelligent properties of nature. Through tactile and sensory experiences, users will have the opportunity to create voids and observe the regeneration of elements ("cells") into the space that they have created. The project will only be defined in these terms and will not bear identical resemblance to cell regeneration. The constricting of soap bubbles will provide a template for the visual - as seen with the hexagonal shapes above. The reason for this being that consolidated spheres result in these hexagonal shapes that represent efficient design in the sense that it uses the least amount of surface area while providing a maximum volume. The Installation of the piece could take on many forms but will consist of a vertical canvas that incorporates sensors to detect the presence of other organisms and either an electronic output through LEDs or motors.


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    LED DISPLAY



    This display will be compromised of LEDs generating rythmic patterns through brightness and color. The regenerative element will be seen as one LED lights up and slowly gets brighter will the others immediately surrounding it follow suit.


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    REGROWTH - RESPROUT - REGENERATE



    As users activate the sensors for this project the multiple holes in the board will begin to feed out morcels or potentially cords - these can be ripped off by the viewer, the organism will regenerate and unreel additional cord to replace the void.


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    LYCRA/ LATEX SCREEN



    A more tactile approach compared to the others - this display will consist of two lycra or latex screens sandwiching an automatically evolving sphere growth. The viewers can push depression into the material and alter or create voids that will be replaced by the organism.


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    ROTATIONAL APPROACH



    A slightly more mechanical approach this board will exhibit rotating cylinders of varying size that will raise and lower and taught screen of lycra or latex.


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    PROJECTION APPROACH



    Through the use of rear projection this display will feature previously programmed images of sphere regeneration through the use of processing - a sensor will also be utilized to trip the program and allow it to restart.


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    Bubble Inspiration:
    to provide myself with a little food for thought i decided to rig up an air pump (with an intensity dial) inside a tank filled with water and film the creation of bubbles from their birth inside the hose to their disintegration or merging with the air.

    static bubbles with strobe:
    http://www.csiro.au/promos/ozadvances/Series13BubbleMov.htm
    Mon, Apr 23, 2007  Permanent link

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    Bubble Painting

    Wed, Apr 18, 2007  Permanent link

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    Miccorhizae within Plants




    Myccorhizae (bacteria) forming root nodules maintains a symbiotic relationship with most plants. In exchange for fixed nitrogen (the only form that plants can absorb nitrogen) the plant feeds the bacteria with sugar (energy).


    Phylum: Cnidaria
    Class: Hydrozoa





    The hydrozoans are a group of jellyfish (medusa) that mature from polyps attached to substrates or polyp colonies. Their biological construct possesses interesting features - potentially applicaple to space design and the goals for re-establishing meaning for nature on a alien planet (or moon).



    The Medusa's pod-like shape works like the living machine (as described by Le Corbusier) with essential dynamics and fluctuations occurring at the center and moving outword. It's transparent nature is another aspect that provides a seamlessness and blending with the environment that surrounds it.

    The Hydrozoan can function independently but also as part of a network (as a Polyp) sharing nutrients it absorbs throughout the systems. After maturity it can venture off to explore and spreaad its seed and propagate the entire process once more.

     http://www.freeweb.hu/tarrdaniel/images/hydrozoa.htm 



    Mon, Apr 16, 2007  Permanent link

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    What do I want individuals to feel? What aspects of nature do I want them to experience so that I can convey my personal ties and attractions to the natural world?

    Do I want [them] to play with sand and let it trickle through my fingers? Do i want to play with a clump of dirt - roll it a ball in my hand and then break up it again - how can I convey these textures, these very tactile sensations.

    For me, the project will have to be tangible, in some form or another. Our sense of vision, smell and hearing is not as stronly bound to nature as our senses of taste and touch are. One could easily be under the impression of being immersed in nature with the projection of a very realistic, 'breathing' example of some plant or animal, like the tree projections in Jennifer Steinkamp's piece.

    But with a physical object to touch and run your hands through and stretch and pull and manipulate presents a whole new level of immersiveness in nature as far as I am concerned. The direct contact with a natural element provides a link that in some ways 'grounds' me to the earth, more than my feet on the ground can (because walking is unavoidable, although our feet our often buffered by the shoes we all constantly wear).

    Regardless it is the tactility of a plant or some natural object like dirt that I find truly organic and immersive and the ways in which we interact with that object provide a metaphor for our general regard toward nature - the way in which we hold it in our hand (we control it) and the ways we often abuse yet. We can tug on a leaf or rip it off but the plant or branch will bounce back will retract and over time will rebuild and repair itself despite our abuse or neglect of it. The varying levels of tactility is also an interesting perspective to explore, the gentle brushes with nature like tapping your hand on a level field of grass and the pricking sensations that incurs, or the sensation that is felt by running your fingers through blades of grass like running your hand through a head of hair.



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    What types of technology already exist that could provide alternatives to heating and cooling that require a closed, 'controllable' environment to function?

    Any ideas? These are a few I have brainstormed
    Ideally the technology used adopts a relatively seamless or invisible connectivity to the user - hopefully easily forgotten as it does not provide too many visual or sensory clues.

    Heat/ Cooling Lamps
    Heat/ Cooling Floorboards
    Heat/ Cooling Shoes - Flipflops
    Heat/ Cooling Caps
    Heat/ Cooling Necklaces

    This doesn't relate entirely to the initiative of the project - but does anyone have any ideas? Just post a comment even if its only a couple words.
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