After a lot of hard work this quarter, we’ve finished prototype #2 of the Oceanic Scales system. This “wall unit” is made of local / sustainably sourced bamboo plywood, incrusted with PLA 3D printed and pine resin cast “Machinic Diatoms” and water molecule forms. When no one interacts with the system it slips into an[…]
As a series of experiments for possible components of Oceanic Scales, these forms have evolved into projects of their own. They are made of natural and biodegradeable materials such as locally milled bamboo plywood. Their images are captured from sources as far ranging as maps of the ocean floor to microscopy photographs of diatom surfaces to magnifications of the[…]
As a series of experiments for possible components of Oceanic Scales, these forms have evolved into projects of their own. They are made of natural and biodegradeable materials such as silk and locally harvested kelp. Their formsare inspired by the endless geometries of ocean phytoplankton such as diatoms, dinoflaggelates and coccoliths.
In an effort to understand and collaborate with Phytoplankton I’ve started a Bioluminescent phytoplankton garden / lab as a spur project of Oceanic Scales. I am currently growing three varieties of Phytoplankton which were purchased from a local culture lab Empco in an attempt to learn more about this amazing organism and to discover new ways[…]
We just wrapped up 3 new bronze rings for our main interaction interface. The three rings are distinctly designed as molecular rings of H20, CO2 and the UREA molecule. Each one was printed with corn based plastic (PLA) on our new Ultimaker 3D printer in the DANM program at UCSC. Special thanks to Sean Monaghan[…]
These are some sketches & photos of some new prototypes that we’ve developed over the summer. The first is our new 3rd scale column model laser cut out of clear plexi. Eventually this will be 8 feet tall and will have our main interaction system mounted on it’s panels. The other prototype is a[…]
We had a great time setting up our work-in-progress at the Zero 1 Garage in San Jose for OpenLab’s “Bring It” week-long event. Special thanks to Jennifer Parker and Jaime Austin for making this opportunity happen. We got some great feedback on our project and our screening of Proteus was great to see on the[…]
Jim Velzy at the UCSC Greenhouse has been doing an amazing job with the succulents for our project. These Dudleya Caespitosa aka “Live Forevers” were originally intended for a green roof design for our outside structure but have now been worked into the wall structures of the installation. The photos above are from the beginning[…]
Special thanks to Alan Cross & Ryan Billante at PROTOinc Architecture for their incredible architectural & engineering guidance and official drawings for our new outdoor structure. Their time and creativity was a wonderful gift to Oceanic Scales and will be used to take us to the next level of fabrication and installation.
Many thanks to the OpenLab and Oceanic Scales team for an amazing amount of dedication and hard work leading up to our first demonstration of our prototype system at the UCSC Art dept. open studios event this past Friday. Our fabricators did an amazing job on the 5th scale model and Jasen turned the original[…]
So the past couple of weeks have been on fast forward. Our quest to finish our functional prototypes is coming close to it’s end. Over a 1000 soldered LED lines, hand made optical encoders, 3D Printed and Pine Resin cast Machinic Diatoms, surround sound audio systems powered by Pure Data and a Raspberry Pi and[…]
Here is a gallery of initial design possibilities for our succulent domed roof. They range from a Ernst Haeckel inspired design framework, to various ocean current / organisms of the sea based designs.
This gallery of images is pure inspiration when dreaming of modular structures and sculptural forms. Enjoy.
This week turns out to have two sides again. Wednesday’s class brought the everyone together with a real sense of cohesion for the first time. Not only did everyone deliver unique designs and research, but they also got to know each other and began to build connections across their work. Lots of parallel and complimenting[…]
In Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta’s project Algae Opera, an opera singer is transformed with biotechnology to form a unique relationship with algae. The algae, which are a photosynthetic plant-like organism, feeds on the carbon dioxide in the singer’s breath You can read more about the project here: http://www.burtonnitta.co.uk/algaeopera.html
Some amazing projects from the Phillips Design Lab: http://www.design.philips.com/philips/sites/philipsdesign/about/design/designportfolio/design_futures/food.page http://www.design.philips.com/about/design/designportfolio/design_futures/microbial_home.page http://www.design.philips.com/philips/sites/philipsdesign/about/design/designportfolio/design_futures/bio_light.page
Just a bit of inspiration from a series of interactive / robotic systems that derive their inspiration from tentacles and snakes:
As a part of the 3D protoyping process, mold making and casting often comes into play as a way to make repeated forms from an original prototype. After a while, the toxic nature of working with various industrial chemicals and casting materials, begins to take a toll. The sad story of Eva Hesse is all[…]
While doing a lot of gaming / puzzle research on how we could approach new strategies for interaction within the project, a fellow student turned me on to “Conway’s Game of Life”. Funny, as I had just done a “Game of Life” cellular automata patch in Max / Jitter, so the crossover potential became immediately[…]
One of the biggest decisions we have to make is whether to go with a Geodesic or Hemispherical style domed roof. Our roof is also a green roof where we’ll be planting over 2,000 native succulents, so our decision has to bring in drainage, steepness, weight limits, aesthetics and more. Ultimately, we’d love to see[…]