A mobile deployment system for Oceanic Scales

The Mobile Coaction Lab (MCL) is coming along nicely, thanks to the hard work of IMFA graduate student Reed Hayden and his wide range of wood craft and boat building experience.  We’ve built the entire lab from native Maine fir and cedar, on top of an aluminum frame, to keep it light.  We’re getting ready to take[…]

Oceanic Scales at Soundwave festival – Alterspace / SOMA district – Opening July 26th

We were proud to be show Oceanic Scales as a part of the Soundwave Festival in San Francisco at Alterspace in the SOMA district, during August and September of 2014.  Here’s a link to more details:  http://www.soundwavesf.com/6/july26/ Project creator Gene Felice also presented Oceanic Scales at an artist talk on Saturday, August 2nd.  Here’s a link for more[…]

Oceanic Scales @ Soundwave ((6)) WATER – Cal Academy – Thursday, July 10th

The Oceanic Scales & Openlab teams were very excited to be participating this year in in Soundwave ((6)) WATER, opening with a sneak preview at the Cal Academy this Thursday evening, July 10th from 6 to 10pm.  We set up in the African Safari hall, right across from the Penguins display.  Here are some photos of[…]

Full Scale outcropping with Succulents

We finished up our first full scale Outcropping made from recycled cardboard and bamboo plywood this past week and also installed our spagnum moss walls planted with native succulents, Dudleya Caspitosa on it’s back.  Here are a few pictures of the process as we laid it all out and put it together including some of[…]

Oceanic Scales new configuration

This is the newest configuration of Oceanic Scales, with our  “Outcroppings” style, three part installation + central control column. This new design is inspired by Frank Gehry’s easy edge furniture, combined with modern methods for slicing 3D forms via laser cutting.  These 3D visualizations illustrate how we are planning to set up the debut installation[…]

New Oceanic Scales “Outcropping” design

This is a new design that has evolved from the last “wall unit” prototype.  This form is inspired by the eroded structures of the rock outcroppings that litter the central coast of California.  They are also inspired by Frank Gehry’s “Easy Edges” furniture design technique.  By salvaging used cardboard from local furniture stores, we’ve found[…]

Oceanic Scales – Prototype #2 complete!

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[…]

Laser Engraved Bamboo plywood

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[…]

Laser cut Silk & Kelp Phytoplankton Abstracts

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.

Succulent Updates from the Greenhouse…

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[…]

Pendulums, Part II

While the possibility of servo-motors still exists, and has already been demonstrated to work under a fairly simple control scheme, servo-motors are somewhat expensive ($8-10 each) and exhibit a great deal of mechanical noise. An alternative actuator is the solenoid. While solenoids can range in cost, I have already found a source that will sell[…]

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