The Elephant in the Room

 

The Elephant in the room is a public domain that discusses social taboos in communities. It could range from racism, sexism,  LGBTQ, beliefs to sexual assault, mental illness, disabilities etc…

We usually talk about “the elephant in the room” when there is a certain subject or issue between two people or more that is being avoided. The members concerned are fully aware of the problem but do not talk about it. Reasons for this avoidance could be different however usually it revolves around the fear factor, fear to challenge a certain subject that people may not be open enough to accept it: Fear of causing distress to the other person, fear of creating a conflict, fear of being rejected, etc

But refusing or avoiding  important matters in life is only gonna make it a bigger issue and increase everyday the number of people who suffer in silence. The only way to help out with social taboos is to start having conversations about them, challenge believes, debate and discuss so people become more open-minded, aware and tolerant of certain issues.

The elephant in the room is a real-time process and engagement. It chooses one subject at a time and the time limit to move to a new subject is “undefined” it will depend on the people, their interactions how much they support and accept to talk about the matter and how much there is reticence or reservation. Even opposing views are accepted if moderated because the idea is to invite people to talk about taboo matters and open a discussion, if we all agreed it wouldn’t be a taboo.

How does it work.

The elephant in the room is an elephant that fills in the screen, the more it has followers and people interacting with the chosen subject like telling a story, or supporting a cause with words or comments, or chatting publicly in open discussions…  the more the elephant shrinks… it’ll shrink until it disappears. The elephant will appear back with a new subject on the table and so on.

The elephant interface on the site is going to be purposely annoying at first when it’s filling the screen but the more it shrinks the user interface becomes easier to navigate.

 

Alex

Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange.

“Alex is the narrator, protagonist and antihero in the novel A Clockwork Orange. He is portrayed as a sociopath who robs, rapes, and assaults innocent people for his own amusement. Intellectually, he knows that such behavior is morally wrong, saying that “you can’t have a society with everybody behaving in my manner of the night”.”


Scanning the doll:
Pictures taken at a fixed lens: 3 levels bottom, frontal and top.

This is a sample video of the frontal level.
video:

Alex at first 

Cleaning with Lightroom and Photoshop, That is a long process:

This is a sample video:

Alex cleaned

PhotoScan drama:

At first photoscan was overlapping all the pictures together, First reason because I had some pictures of the lower level series unfocused, Second reason is because I had to do better cleaning and remove the unfocused ones.

So after repeating the process over and over. I finally got it bettered at 20%.

First trials:

Then after some cleaning:

After good cleaning:

Zbrush:

Zbrush is also painful the first time. Too much Zbrush will kill you. I applied a lot of smoothing on the zbrush mesh it distorted the face. so after some attempts I got it to run ok. Below examples:

First Zbrush attempt: Face distorted… too much smoothing.

 

Later I didn’t touch the face area just smoothed the body outcome was cool:

Maximo:

So after the pain came the fun. Maximo is fun to use and to finally enjoy seeing your character in motion

Below video sample:

alex maximo trimed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gumball Machine

Inspiration:

I was always fascinated by the gumball machine. One nice childhood memory that is stuck in my mind. I started this project searching for a cool mechanism to make and learn in 3D. I wanted something fun but also was thinking of something I could eventually use it with technology, wire it and transform it to something else (explained further below).


 

Sketching:

I started sketching the box. Decide to mix materials and add a plexi transparent cover to it, cut on the laser printer not the 3D one.

 

3D in Rhino:

A lot of details to take care off in this project, from openings to sizes to slightly rotating the inside panels…
I learned a lot.
After printing it, I figured that the inside panels need to be a bit thicker, to hold weight of the gumballs better.
The base of the box can be worked better in details add to it some magnet fillers instead of thinking of gluing it.


3D printing:

Cooking…

 

Final outcome:

The 3D outcome is still sketchy, specially for the big box. It took 8 hours of printing after narrowing down from 16.
I had to take off the support material too to reduce the printing time. Which cause trouble on the top, as there was a small opening for a plexi to fit and the opened space needed some support material.

However the other part turned out pretty well. and some took 3 to 4 hours, others 1 to 2.


Next step:

Next step is to reprint the white box properly to get better quality. And transform the gumball to a music gumball box by adding a conductive tape the panels or a touch sensor, using metal or gum balls to fall, wire it to arduino and Maxmsp and assign some music to them.

Polycephaly

Idea

I found myself thinking often about the notion of sound opposing to its non-existence, we sometimes call it silence. When you think of light you think of darkness, on so on many forces in nature or physics that complement each other by having this dual oppositions. To take off from light is maybe to dim it, to take off from sound is maybe to lower it or simplify it. we usually have a tendency when composing think of putting the notes together, adding… building a certain composition to reach a certain climax.. but what about the the down from the climax, the “Subtraction” of it? I got trapped in the notion of subtracting instead of adding. does it really exist? do we reach silence eventually when it ends? When you breath, you inhale but exhale something else in return… it’s a cycle that takes from the air and adds back to it continuously. One famous french chemist and philosopher called Lavoisier said:

“Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme”
Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.

My instrument is a sound transformer, it inhales sounds, and exhale a different one. when you inhale or subtract from a certain existent sound or composition you are changing it’s physical nature and transforming it  into something else.

How.

A vacuum inhales. A hair dryer exhales.

or

“Polycephaly” terms used in mythology to describe a two-headed being.

A two headed Vacuum? maybe sexier.

Imagine it.

Research.

One head sucks/inhales the other head spits/exhales.

Went through a bunch of research and tutorials on how a vacuum works. Most importantly is that normally the trunk sucks because of a certain air flow, and it can spit if the air flow is reversed. I don’t need to add a trunk for the same vacuum, I thought maybe technically it’s easier to stick two vacuums together and hide them under the same cover box.

How vacuum works and how can we turn in to an instrument.

They actually have dust sensors that control the air flow and how much sucking needs to be put when sensing the dust.

Planning to see if these sensors can be hacked to generate music.

**** One project was made for Electrolux where they

Forget the Noise, Electrolux Introduces Vacuum That Plays Music

http://adage.com/article/creativity-pick-of-the-day/forget-noise-electrolux-introduces-vacuum-plays-music/242743/

They used dust sensors and put them in the trunk to detect incoming dust and trigger a song.

My plan is to trigger songs… rather generate sounds, notes… when dust or particles enter (exactly sparkles and glitter) and spit them out from the other trunk generating a different sound.

The two trunks are how the instrument is controlled. They will be wired with sensors (different ones). Ones that detect dust, below some research done:

***Dsm501a Dust Sensor Allergic Smoke Particles Sensor Module For Air

***Laser PM2.5 Sensor Module Small Volume PM10 Air Quality Inspection Dust Tester

With arduin
***Sharp’s GP2Y1010AU0F is an optical air quality sensor.

Other sensor for the Trunk.

Accelometer to control the trunks and the sounds while i move them.

Staging it

colored sparkles and thin  black sand might be displayed in open boxes each alone. Once inhaled in the trunk they will be spit on a huge wall that has an adhesive transparent layer on top of it. Once sparkles spitted they will stick on the canvas randomly forming an abstract composition of colors.

Or

It starts with a full composition playing all the sounds at its climax. The composition is represented with music notes made from granulated texture of sand and glitter. The vacuum come and start sucking out from the screen each note at a time (alternating the composition of course).. while notes are being inhaled from one trunk, sparkles of those notes are being spit on the canvas physically on stage.

 

 

Ideas for final

I haven’t set my mind yet to what I will end up making for the final but here’s some of the thinking:

OPTION I

I have worked previously a wine cap stopper. I would like to develop it to a led lit one. It is no longer used to hold down the wine.
But to recycle the wine bottles into lit items used like mood interior.

Below some research I did  for inspiration and later on some sketches.

 

 

Option II

Is a light bulb wire made from  20 3D printed flowers, however though the roses are the same in color the design varies, it’s  not a repetition of the same rose petals, each rose within the same style but differently shaped, it’ll give it a more natural and organic feel.

I might want to change the rose concept and move to other shapes…

OPTION III

This option is a fun option but needs some mechanism research if I want to proceed with it.
the idea is to make a small functional machine or candy dispenser printed in 3D. Mixed with other media like transparent plexy slider over the printed box to show the transparency clearly (the candy). I will search for a mechanism that doesn’t require to insert a coin but a simple flip or turn of a bottom that would let the candy slide. a small fun slider for the candy is also doable.

Below samples for inspiration:

 

 

Online spaces: Terms of agreement

I found it intriguing how almost on every “online space” we are asked to sign in. It is almost hard to surf the net without having to sign in to zillion of pages and creating accounts to zillion of sites and remembering passwords to it all. The issue doesn’t stop here. it is also how we agree on every term agreement they ask us to approve, on every app on most of the sites, the games, the social accounts… Does anyone read these terms… I doubt anyone does. We agree and allow apps and sites to manage our emails and accounts and contacts, etc… and we say yes, ok, yes, i agree, i approve, yes, yes, yes and yes… we don’t read we just hit the button to get done with it and move to the site or whatever is that online space is…

My idea is to incite the user to read, to be aware of the terms and agreements he is approving, they might be rubbing his identity, personal, social space and this user doesn’t know.

Below a site that talks about your identity and what you are agreeing upon:

http://www.cracked.com/article_19683_6-terrifying-user-agreements-youve-probably-accepted.html

Screen shots from the site above:


IDEA:
I would want to create a fake agreement terms that insult the user, asks him to turn his picture into a pig or a donkey or a cockroach or place his head on a naked body…Though pigs and Donkeys are cute but a lot of silly serious people will be offended. The agreement will also ask to manage fully all their personal details….
write on behalf of them embarrassing  comments that could include  some nuances of sexism, racism, etc… turn their identity upside down.

People are going to approve and agree because they don’t read the terms… it will raise awareness once they freak out and live the prank/stunt for few minutes.

For the fun of it I downloaded a free template for Privacy Policy and filled it for this site.. to go through the kind of questions we have to fill. But it get more interesting when you add to it links to google or facebook ads etc… But couldn’t do it because it’s paid terms.

Below the link

https://termsfeed.com/privacy-policy/423c1ad74e9b3720d26ea11d4def74a7

 

 

 

Bottle stopper cap

For this homework. We had to come up with a 3D design that fit into something.
I chose to do a 3D bottle stopper for wine.

So I started with truncated cone, moved to split its top to do some design it. I used Boolean to subtract a pattern from the top and closed the two entities with cap after.

Later on I added typography that says “Wine about it”. Used Boolean again to unify all
the solids together.

Final simulation.

Pen holder and else…

For This week I did a pen holder. I started simple with circles and cylinders. Life is easier with the boolean tool. I used both boolean intersection and boolean union, also used extrude tool.

 

And then I tried to play with typo, and make a pattern of it in 3D, Wanted to make it as piece that gets enlightened from down. But I think due to the complexity of the object the boolean wouldn’t take the shape.

Head in the cloud

Im what they call head in the clouds.


For that reason I didn’t want to spare people from this enjoyable moment were you look like you are in the present moment but effectively you are somewhere else.
You looked focused but you are tripping elsewhere.

my cloud is a small head installation that you place on people’s
heads and every now and then it whispers in people’s ears
small sentences or key words that would let them be distracted
and think even if for brief moment about what was whispered.
yes, the idea is not to help people concentrate but to help them get distracted and give them a break.

It’ll be awesome if if the cloud could at first get authorization from it’s users to scrap through their personal data… Facebook or gmail..
so that’ll whispers things not just psychologically distracting but also tailored in the distraction. it whispers stuff about you.

 

How messages sound

I started wanted to scrap through my Facebook and try to analyze a bit my data and see what I would discover.
Eventually I tried and experimented with different method trying to extract data from Facebook. But results weren’t satisfying. I always came back with error or with incomplete results. I tried Facepager old and new version went through tutorials. I tried an app on Facebook called Nebizz. I tried to work with Facebook graph API…

Eventually I gave up and started to see how to extract data into CVS file through WhatsApp or messages. After certain trials I finally was able to retreat an nice HTML table of my sms and converted it to CVS
and finally to Json file. I had to go through some cleaning not much though.

Idea
Reading through my sms I had good. joyable moments and some bad moments with family friends and exs.
Reason why I had decided to scrap through the code and assign soft rhythms to soft joyable messages and noisy brutal sounds and tones to aggressive heated conversations in messages.

I later planned to physical carry the sound composition on a cassette.
record it and keep it with me. why the choice of tapes. because i’m from the cassette’s era. my teenage years.