Your fate according to Austin Powers.



As the wise Austin Powers once said “I see you turned off your alarm and then closed your eyes ‘for a minute’, I too like to live dangerously”

This project let’s Austin powers cast on us his divination.

Why Austin Powers?
Because A.P is cynical in a humorist way, nasty, bold, sexual and vulgar at times. But when we are facing issues or thinking about certain serious big questions, along with this introspection comes fear and stress. Having someone life A.P be an influence on your fate is a great way to see life in a lighter perspective.

How the divination works?
you stare at this Austin button, think about a secret question and press it.
The answer to your fate according to Austin powers appears. It’s the randomness of it that sets the tone of fate.

The button is currently a sketch built on Arduino and mounted with a Max msp patch. Ideally I would like the push button to take the form of one of Austin Powers Big pimp ring:

below  video of the push button:

And here’s a screen recording from the Max msp patch changing with serial communication when the button is being pressed:

screen recording button austin


And here you go! The answer to your fate according to Austin powers:

Expression used and what do they mean in the Austin world:

Taken from mentalfloss:

The whole theme in Austin’s world is very sexual but in a funny way.

When Austin is attacked by the fembots, he works his mojo to counter their mojo and gets “crossed mojonations,” resulting in exploding fembot heads.
Cross-mojonation plays on the term cross-pollination, the transfer of pollen from one flower to another, or else influence between diverse elements, as in different music genres. The word mojo, which might have African origins, first came into English in the 1920s. Originally referring to magical power or voodoo, the word more recently came to mean any kind of power or influence, including sexual.

“Smoke started coming out of their jubblies,” Austin says of the fembots. While jubbly came to refer to a woman’s breasts in the early 1990s, it originated in the ’70s as Australian slang for something plump or fleshy, like the stomach or buttocks, and eventually came to describe a woman with large breasts.
Where the word comes from is unclear. It could be imitative of the movement of a fleshy body part, or it might come from the word jub, which is a jug for holding wine or liquor. The word jugs is also slang for a woman’s breasts.

“Bring on the fembots!” Frau Farbissinia screams.
The word fembot, a female robot, has been around at least since the 1970s, according to the OED, and may have made its debut in a 1976 episode of The Bionic Woman. In the episode, a scientist replaces six secretaries at the Office of Scientific Intelligence with six deadly fembots. Later, apparently, the fembots go to Las Vegas.

Like bits and pieces, meat and two veg, and twig and berries, wedding tackle is a euphemism for male genitalia. Tackle, which refers to any piece of equipment, also means penis. If wedding tackle weren’t slangy enough, Cockney rhyming slang for the phrase is witch’s cackle.

“I like to give my undercarriage a bit of a how’s-your-father,” says Austin. Translation: I like to have sex.
How’s your father was originally Cockney rhyming slang for lather, a state of agitation: “After the row, he was in a bit of a how’s your father.” But the phrase gained a bawdier connotation when, in the early 20th century, British comedian Harry Tate would break off in the middle of a potentially suggestive speech to address an audience member: “How’s your father?” Soon the phrase became a euphemism for sex.

“Don’t have a thrombo!” Austin tells Vanessa. Thrombo, slang for a fit of rage, is short for thrombus, or a blood clot. While some dictionaries cite 2002 as the year of origin for thrombo, it’s obviously at least as old as this 1997 movie.
Another British slang term for a fit of anger is eppie, which is short for “epileptic fit.”

You can’t have swing without groove, baby. Like swinging, groovy began as jazz slang—although about 20 years earlier, in the 1930s—and has a similar meaning: playing in a brilliant and effortless way. The word groovy comes from the phrase, in the groove, which has the same meaning.
What groove you might be asking? The groove on a vinyl record perhaps, with the idea of a record playing smoothly and not skipping or scratching.

The film opens in 1960s swinging London, when everyone and everything is uninhibited, lively, and hip. This sense of swinging, which originated in the late 1950s, probably comes from a slightly earlier jazz term, referring to a musician who plays with swing, as in the style of big band.
Swinging in regards to sexual promiscuity originated in the mid-1960s, as such things do.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines shagadelic as sexy in a psychedelic way, as well as a “general term of approval.” The word was probably coined in the Austin Powers movie.

Next Step:
I would like to work the graphic better and make for it a nice push button of the ring in a nice container inspired   Austin Powers world. Also put some time to work the answers and the graphics.

Women’s image

With the raise of the women’s sexual assault awareness that has been surfacing abundantly lately, I wanted to create something to help change the way we perceive women in general. Inspired by the chrome extension stunt done by Tom Royal, I felt something regarding women’s image can be done within this frame. I had decide to do my first chrome extension and change woman images in the web to images that objectified women in general like lips or breast or uterus or a chewing gum… images that lessen from who women are, images that are insulting to women, to raise the awareness of how women might be perceived like a sex symbol breasts or uterus, or like something disposable like a chewing gum.. I meant to show the insult just to make people stop a bit and ponder about the perception.

How does it work?

Whenever you type in google search: woman, women, girls, girl the four pictures (lips, breasts, uterus and chewing gum) replaces randomly the search. But also to press the buttons a little bit more whenever you type: Mother, sister, daughter the pictures also get replaced and images objectified.

The purpose of this stunt is to make people think.
one thing that needs to be thought of more is how to make this stunt more engaging to people. Maybe at a later stage click on the image and a message pops out.



from google search image and Instagram:


And from different respectful sites:

It is kind of good to see images of respectful and serious sites that talks about serious issues regarding women turn into into these objectifying images of women. It shows how it lessen and insult the work and the being of women in general.

I Imagine this stunt made possible on Women International day as a symbolic reminder to how still in 2017 women are perceived and how they shouldn’t be.

Data Art mapping

Mapping with Data.
For this assignment I chose to work with a csv file that has coordinates for each country and names. Loading it with p5js… As it’s a learning process to work with maps, I made some set of very simple and straight to the point visualization. For some reason the names of the countries are not fit. I’m working on fixing it. Right now Switzerland is in Antarctica and so on…


Attempts to make the lines move and animate, also trying to change  different perspectives.
Still experimenting below samples.





Data Art – Patterns



As human beings we have a tendency to behave in patterns. Unconsciously we many times fall into the same patterns that we repeat over and over. Social media and Big Data, have helped to recreate certain behavioral patterns that a certain community of people do, depending on different factors linked to time, to space, to political context to trends to cultures, etc.. It is possible now to visualize those patterns however all still is very difficult as we have to deal with all the givin factors of a situation. A lot of apps are trying to track our daily activities recently to help us see how we’d spend a day, maybe to manage our routine better… However I think the real learning experience comes over time. It is after going through a certain behavior and a certain routine that a real pattern can be drawn. I also think instead of always looking at the big social mass behavioral patterns of people which gets very complicated. A smaller learning can be drawn from individuals. Scraping through the interactions of our own personal relationships. Visualizing a certain behavioral pattern that happens over time might help us see better consciously and visually how we behave and interact.


Trial and Error:

Ideally I would like to have a tool that scrape through my data with my permission and show me visually a certain behavior I do. I have previously scraped through my messages for fun. But this time I really wanted to look closer at my relationships. Try to see if I’m able to visualize a behavior if that would help me through having better ones in the future.

The rhythm of an interaction says a lot. And while I was trying to visualize my data i was really surprised to see peaks of data that indicates times of distress before silence. In a funny way looking back at some results somehow made sense to see the ending coming.



I took the data of last 3 month of a relationship that ended with someone and tried to visualize it.
(approximately 1500 text | from sept 8 till dec 5)

I used two csv files one that has his messages and one that has my responses. Sample of the texting:


At first I worked each alone.


I took the text messages put them at 6 point and made the design out of the texts.

Video screen preview:

 Him trimmed


Video screen preview:

her trimmed


Then I tried to overlap the data to see the results of the interaction funny how at different moments the interactions shows moments of distress:

At different moments of the relationship:

The beginning of the 3 months interaction was good, Blue more than Red:


When things started to go bad, Me in distress and Him more and more silent, red shows much more:

After that the end came:

I tried to visualize the whole thing in a different way:

And in another way:

Video screen preview: Trials for fun:
playful himher

After that I was trying to work with typography but didn’t get the chance to finish:


How to finish it in the Future:

-As a tool people can use to scrap through their personal data and parse different results:

I would have loved to finish this project in making this tool work effectively for people to show them patterns they do. Work a proper algorithm. A nice visualization. A lot of details can be worked and reviewed:
-Time factor,
-Silence or excess in interaction,
-The content itself to monitor positivity and negativity in words usage etc.

-As an Art Installation:

Relationships are many times like light that brightens and dims at different moments. A set of bulbs set to show through light the pattern of a relationship in a loop from beginning till end… when it turns off completely. Sometimes people have an on/off kind of relationship… The bulbs will turn on and off according to the pattern.






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 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.

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 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:


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


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).



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:



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.



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.


A vacuum inhales. A hair dryer exhales.


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

A two headed Vacuum? maybe sexier.

Imagine it.


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

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.


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:


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…


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:

Screen shots from the site above:

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