6.15.2009

Joseph Carnevale's NC "Public Art Project"


Image courtesy:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0612092monster1.html



Apparently the guy responsible for this piece of "public [street] art" is Joseph Carnevale, a history student at NC State. The monster was created back in May, but Carnevale wasn't arrested until early this month. Looks like he'll have to cover the damage costs of 3 of these barrels because he "destroyed" them by bolting them together & slicing them up (300 & something $$$).


The best part? Why he does it.
Found here on his blog: http://nopromiseofsafety.com/about/


"No Promise Of Safety is not solely a photography driven endeavor. Nor is it restricted to the exploration of hidden or forgotten places... the real point of this site is to show people that the boundaries they perceive are meant to be pushed, rules are for breaking, and life is only worth living when lived dangerously."

6.12.2009

Open Source 3D CAD/CAM Fabrication

A while back I ran across a prototype homemade CAM machine.... Here's an updated version:


The CandyFab 6000 (beta)Image courtesy http://www.candyfab.org/


The brainchild of "Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories", the CandyFab 6000 is a desktop-size modeller with a build volume of more than 10 liters. It prints in, you guessed it, sugar. Heat is used as a binder. The Wiki site, http://wiki.candyfab.org/, states the following purpose "The CandyFab Project aims to reduce the costs associated with three-dimensional solid freeform fabrication, and to promote the use of fabrication technologies for culinary, educational, and artistic purposes. "

For those of you who are unaware of the cost of RP equipment and material: This is, by comparison, ridiculously inexpensive and innovative in it's goal to provide a venue of open source knowledge & production methods.


Image courtesy http://www.candyfab.org/


In addition to printing in sugar, the printer has been found capable of printing durable thermoplastic objects (initial trials with large pellets) that are both waterproof and dishwasher safe. It's possible to print in polypropylene as well. Downfall to both: smell.


Image courtesy http://www.candyfab.org


So what's the big deal?
Lets face it: While it is "just sugar", the resolution is not great, and the output is pretty crude... all of this is to be expected of such a new & independent (beta) solution. Personally, I'm just glad to see someone tackling the accessibility & affordability problems that exist in the world of RP.

I applaud Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories & can't wait to see the future of this endeavor, as well as other printers that are sure to follow!

I wonder what the food industry will make of this?

Sweet idea. :)

6.07.2009

I like: Melissa + Campana Brothers

Images courtesy:
http://www.core77.com/store/corallo/
http://www.epauletshop.com/



Maybe I'm late seeing these, but I just found them. Campana Corello jellies. The designer duo has managed to create an exciting new jelly shoe that has all the charm of the ones I wore as a kid, but is much more sophisticated (and comfortable, I assume). Took it to a whole new level. Fun. The slight variation from left to right is nice. Design based off the 2004 award winning Corallo chair. Another interesting note, they're made of 30% recycled PVC and some of the proceeds go to World Vision & support lifting kids out of poverty.

Now, if I could only afford them...

6.04.2009

Doug Bucci is the man.

Yeah, I'm a little late, but SNAG 2009 is still fresh on the mind. I'll be brief.

This year's conference was only my third, however, it was definitely the best so far. Thanks, Doug. Some of the things that made this one great:



Excellent Speakers.
(lots of) Awesome exhibitions.

More Organized volunteering arrangements.


Presence -
despite economic conditions, the turnout didn't dwindle.

Excellent Speakers.


Fashion Show-
this should definitely be an annual event.

Morale...
people just seemed happier ??? Did I mention:

Excellent Speakers?




Unfortunately us Winthrop kids arrived too late for the PDS and pin swap. Shame.

There are only a few things that would have made it better for me, some of which the conference itself is not directly responsible for...

I hated the fact that so many people, yet again this year, stampede out just before the member meeting. It's a shame that not more people are interested in sticking around for it/putting their two cents worth in/voting on things/(at least) listening to what is going on. It also disappointed me to see even fewer students among the sorry little crowd (at least it appeared to be an especially skimpy turnout compared to Savannah - correct me if I am wrong). There's got to be something SNAG/members/individuals/someone can do to encourage more student (and professional) involvement. Some important things were brought up... and voted on.

I'm also pissed that I didn't get to see every piece in every one of the exhibitions. My fault, of course, that I didn't stay an extra day. There's only so much you can get around to on the tour. Of what was seen: excellent. Lots of work by lots of awesome people with awesome skills.



Education Dialogue: disappointment.

I loved the fact that the panel was encouraged to debate. Loved it. Good idea. However, in my opinion (and many others, assuming from a massive exiting of the seminar mid-way through) this year was a let down. For the first half hour I found myself and those around me doodling and wondering where the argument was to begin with . Both sides were in agreement (excellent, intelligent speakers might I add), yet couldn't see that they were simply locked up over an issue of "what to call" the same thing. It eventually moved on from this... but seemed to go on forever.... seeming too focused on philosophy and less focused on details: what works and what can be improved. Not much dialogue, too much debate. No "in the middle".
The topics seemed somewhat narrow as well, although some good ones, they didn't seem to keep students interest (a shame since a bunch actually showed up for this one - perhaps because of the past ones?) I by no means preach "everything for the kids", but at least give us something. In conclusion, I found myself longing for the past couple of dialogues, especially the small circles of educators and students (Memphis?), where I was much more involved, felt like my opinion mattered, felt like the educators were genuinely out to make the best experience for their students, and felt like progress was being made. But maybe I'm reading into personal bias.....

And the most exciting part?



Neri Oxman - Ecology by Craft. Hands down.

Image from http://materialecology.blogspot.com/.



A wonderful speaker, MIT grad Neri Oxman did an awesome job "dumbing it down" for us. Her work (using CAD/CAM technologies) focuses on a collaborative effort between nature, design, and concept. It transcends the fields of design, architecture, medicine, engineering, art, and who knows what all else. Using fairly simple mathematical computations (input of algorithms), she is able to create objects that (in some cases) grow themselves. She exerts different forces against other forms to maximize and minimize necessary material use. She starts with microscopic analysis of structures in nature, and her work begins to mimick the (arguably) simplistic and economical design found therein. She's creating objects/medical apparatus/structures that are simply smarter. Awesome. Standing ovation: necessary.

Only bad thing? All the other Winthrop Kids slept in. BUMMER. They'll know better next year.

More on her:
http://www.materialecology.com/
http://materialecology.blogspot.com/

So, just some of the lingering thoughts about this year's SNAG. Overall, another wonderful experience. I'll be there next year.