ketchup Bottle projection


The Ketchup bottle is visual and auditive project for the course of Readymades.
I wanted to use a commercial object, mass goods, we use in our daily life and highlight its function.

How does it work:
The Ketchup Bottle is cut open to add inside it a pressure sensor. Every time the Ketchup bottle is squeezed physically, it puts pressure on the pressure sensor inside and sends value to Arduino Sketch, and from Arduino to The MaxMsp patch that let us hear different random sounds of the ketchup bottle squeezed. Simultaneously to the sounds we hear, when the bottle is pressed it projects a video of a red splash over white wooden cuts of fake food.

Fake wood food cuts painted in white to map the projection of the Ketchup onto them:


MaxMSP patch with Ketchup sounds below:

ketchup sounds and vid max

Squeezing the bottle


Video of the projection mapping when the bottle is squeezed:

Video of the Ketchup Projection


Earlier stages of the process:
painting the fake wood food



NIME | Unites

Unites is an interactive music piece created with two kitchen scale for the New Interfaces for Musical Expression course.
I hacked two kitchen scales to Arduino and with MaxMSP I assigned piano tones for values coming out from the pressure of a certain weight loaded on the scale.

How does it work:

Each scale, while playing  music, will also be controlling simultaneously one interactive ball on the screen that appears when a note is played or when in other words a certain weight is applied on the scale:
– If the weight or pressure applied is light, the note is in the high range and the ball will appear at the top left of the screen.
– If the weight or pressure applied is heavy, the note is in the low range and the ball will appear at the down right of the screen.
Depending on the pressure, the values of the ball are mapped on a diagonal line that goes from top left to down right of the screen.

I played the two scales with my fingers, controlling the pressure on each scale made it possible for me to compose for NIME. Below a video link of the performance:

NIME performance VIDEO

Continue reading NIME | Unites

Wordphecy Phase II

Wordphecy is a tool that read your prophecy according to certain powerful English existent words that dated in the old days. The English Oxford Dictionary has set a list of great words that are on the way to extinction… or already have because people stopped using them in a way or another.
However the words are very powerful, and the meanings are uniquely useful. While using this tool, you’ll get the chance to get acquainted to them but also gifted with a prophecy once you click on the cards.

The English Oxford Dictionary had set a site to adopt these words, but the site went down. I wrote them but was able to retrieve the words from another source. (Not working link)

I found some of the words used in articles that talks about

Then found this link to a site called “Lost Words” that had the same words almost that existed on the site:

I picked words that I thought could be interesting to use in the context of a prophecy or telling a fortune. Here’s the list.

I kept The Initial definition of the words and the year (when available), History gives a certain weight to things. Then I added my own understanding or meaning to the words and what could they signify if randomly picked.

Here’s the selection of words I picked with their definitions and the meanings I added to them.
I’m still not sure about the tonality I should keep in the interpretations. Most of them are serious and likely believable, however in few I added a humorist tone that kills the seriousness. Maybe I should decide to go all serious or all fun…

Definition: Adj. 1608-1884 dry, brittle, withered.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means it’s the end of the affaire. Yes you heard it, so wrap your head around it and suck it up. It could be the end of a relationship or a contract that will break. But when this card appears fortune thinks you are better off even if it come as a surprise.

Definition: N. To break a bond or promise; to profane.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you are about to be screwed or screw someone over a promise you won’t keep.


Definition: N. Laziness, slothfulness.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you need to get off your a** and get moving. You need to do something new. You need change. New activity.

Definition: V. To cause to be ashamed.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you need to watch your behavior if you are being careless in your community or not let someone make you doubt your confidence.

Definition: N. 1656-1721 disease of vines where they grow no fruit.
Meaning: When this card appears it means you need to look at some goal or dream you had in mind that might not bare fruits. Or watch from deal you are making or contracts you’ll sign.

Definition: N. The killing of one’s master or teacher.
Meaning: When this card appears it means you have trouble at work and deep inside you wish you could kill your boss, but don’t instead maybe it’s time for a change of job.

Definition: N. Behavior of a boring person.
Meaning: When this card appear it means you are very boring obviously and need to read a book, the news paper, have fun, walk barefoot, do something before you isolate yourself… really.

Definition: Adj. Tending to enrich.
Meaning:When this card appears, it means you are going to encounter a good fortune. Something of a value you to you is coming your way.

Definition: N. Female power that generates or gives birth to something, or someone who gives birth to new ideas.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means something new is going to be revealed, a new project, a pregnancy, a new relationship, etc.

Definition: V. To arm against.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you need to watch out in your surrounding. Someone or something is a bad seed and you need to take your precautions and be ready to fight back.

Definition: V. To act as uncle.
Meaning: When this card appears, fate itself admits it a weird card… but this card appears when family bonds need to be celebrated. this card invite you to take a closer look at your family and people you love maybe neglected a bit.

Definition: N. Beating around the bush.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you really need to stop pondering and analyzing a situation and get into the making. This card appears when you are taking too much time and might lose an opportunity.

Definition: N. 1847-1853 continued passion; an unyielding disease.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you are currently immersed in a dangerous situation, though it might be mixed with a passionate one, but the situation is/will be turning addictively toxic. Seek a way out soon.

Definition: N. 1656-1656 judge of a contest or activity.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means a conclusion or an answer to a quest or dilemma will soon come to you. Prepare yourself emotionally to anything.

Definition: Adj. 1678-1678 exercising or possessing free will.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you have great powers within your hand now to change your path the way you see it fit. This card gives you the power to choose.

Definition: Adj. 1656-1656 lucky; fortunate.
Meaning: This is a golden card. Take a risk. Buy a lottery card. Ask someone out. Apply for that dream job. High chances you’ll get what you want.

Definition: Adj. 1768-1768 very or most highly celebrated.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you will reap success over a project you put hard-work into. It could be work related or a relationship you invested into.

Definition: V. 1656-1656 to unbutton; to unbuckle.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you are going to reveal a secret or a hidden part of you to someone important to you. it could also mean you are getting some soon.

Definition: V. 1656-1658 to behave as a cook.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you are going to host a party maybe or attend one. This card is symbol to festivities, food, gathering and good times with family members or loved ones.

Definition: V. 1727-1727 to begin to fall or slide.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you need to look more deeply into a certain matter that is at stake. It might be sliding out of your hands. Beware, you’ve been warned.

Definition: V. 1623-1656 to rip open a sewn piece of clothing.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you are going to have uncontrollable wild sex. This matter might drag you in an unfaithful situation as you will deal with uncontrollable impulses.

Definition: N. 1656-1740 frequency; period between two occurrences.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means the world is giving you a break. You will have a chance to settle a bit with peace of mind. Don’t freak out from the stillness just enjoy the quiet and relax while it lasts.

Definition: N. 1611-1658 funeral orations; prayers for the dead.
Meaning: When this card appears, it’s time to face the harsh truth of a certain end. Take the time to mourn the end. Shed tears or scream if you need to but know that when this card appears the situation is not reversible it’s a fatality, so better accept it and move on to a new beginning.

Definition: Adj. 1723-1723 of gods of intermediate rank between those of heaven and of hell. Meaning: When this card appears, it means you will be pulled in two different opposing directions that will put you in a state of dilemma for a while. When making the choice, remember to seek the light, making a deal with the devil was never a fortunate choice.

Definition: N. 1623-1691 hiding place.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means a secret that concerns you or someone important to you will be revealed soon. Expect anything, secrets are hidden for a reason.

Definition: Adj 1656-1656 able to be appeased.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you will be able to handle a difficult situation and appease it. This card might also appear when a friend is in need for your help or moral support to get through a tough matter. Be there for them.

Definition: N. 1652 -1678 act of fashioning or making a work of art.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you will get the chance to show your creative talents to a certain niche community you look up to. It could also means that a certain behavior you’ll do or certain attitude you’ll have regarding a certain matter will set a trend for generations to come after you.

Definition: N. 1656-1761 deceitful speech.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you will clash with a family member, a loved one or a close person to you. A realization of the difference of the sets of values you both share in life, will leave you with a feeling of bitterness.

Definition: N. 1825-1825 machine for cleaning chimney.
Meaning: When this card appears, it means you have to pave the way for good fortune to come your way. Cleaning the chimney let St. Nicholas deliver your gift.


Design of Cards:
I made the design of the cards in illustrator common front for the words and a red pattern for the back.


I uploaded the jpg of the cards on to use the link in the p5js sketch.

P5js Sketch:
This is a draft sketch for Wordphecy;
currently the sketch lets you click on the back of the card and generates a word randomly with its initial definition and the interpretation.
Another button is added to shuffle the cards, but currently just acting as a display.

What to fix:
The sketch needs work it should have a load button, a small animation of the cards when they are shuffled, a return to the ‘back card’ if the user wants to click another time.
highlighting hierarchy of information in typography display design and revisit the general design of the page. Though I’m planning to keep it simple but enhancement could be made.

Below a video screen recording of Wordphecy:


This is the P5js desktop version, for some reason same sketch is not running on editor… I think the error is a bug.


Phase II

I kept on thinking about the user experience with Wordphecy. Trying to go in details with the tool design, thinking about what would make it more believable as a medium in fortune-telling.

To sum it up after advisement and comments i received from people who learned about Wordphecy, here’s how it can be enhanced:

1-History around the words: History has some weight and powerful magic to it, if people were able to see that the words used are not invented but actually did exist at some point in time and have been used it’ll enhance the mystery behind the words and also in contradiction to the that the believe that they existed.
in order to do that I should dig into the Oxford dictionary word roots and rework the whole content by adding words History usage and dates when possible.

2-Make it physical,print it and try to use it as an actual Tarot Deck.

3-In the digital format think about the cards as multiple reading not just one card.
Love/professional/future or what is going for you/what is going against you/ advice

4-In the digital format also think about leaving a space for people maybe to think about what they want Wordphecy to predict for them, make an input box so people can ask the question they want, once they press enter the deck of words will shuffle and Wordphecy would be revealed.

Below attempt design for Wordphecy:

-This is the  initial version of Wordphecy:

wordphecy initial one

-Design attempt to add a question Input for people:

ask wordphecy

-Design attempt to add more than one card if not an open Input:

trim wordphecy


Wordphecy needs still some time to see the light but will come out soon.




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.


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.

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.