Assignment 03 – “Happy Disaster” Introductions For this assignment I decided to mix two poems from the Brazilian concretist poet Ferreira Gullar. I chose his works because of it’s descriptive and originally deconstructed structure. Also, I’ve been always curious how his poems are surrounded by “objects”: his words are “stand alone” object waiting to be categorized, making them an interesting choice for playing with them in Python. The theme of “happiness” and “disaster” also resonates with my “brazilian soul” and my current longing for the particular kind of “strangeness” of my native land. Even calling Brazil a “native land” seems very strange; a result of distance, I suppose; of “saudade”: the portuguese word for missing something so much it becomes […]
Assignment 02 – my first Electronic Poem Introductions For this assignment, I had to create my own electronic poem using some of the classical examples given. I decide to use “Toroko Gorge” by Nick Monfort, because of the way it generated a scenario where the reader could roam through. My poem “Sole to Heart” was then generated using only words found on the NIKE.com website – including the title. I was curious about what kind of environment the bombardment of marketing call-to-actions would create. Maybe in the future, this same code could generate virtual reality environmental poems. Will we live in virtual corporate worlds? Are we already there? What’s the landscape that marketing call-to-action “salesspeak” that’s being generated in our […]
Assignment 01 – Transcription LINK TO TRANSCRIPTION FILE HERE The goal for this first assignment of the Reading and Writing Electronic Text, was to transcribe something, anything that wasn’t already available as electronic text. I have chosen to transcribe the following youtube video from a lecture I gave in 2014, together with Franey Nogueira, about this (not so) new thing called Virtual Reality about the Video The lecture took place at the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro, where every week experts in different fields would talk about the latest and most pressing issues. That year, the Oculus Rift headset was just released for developers and researcher, and I took it to myself to spread the word […]
For this assignment I had to use two different materials – plywood and acrylic excluded – using fasteners. Since first class I wanted to combine metal with wood. I believe these very basic materials can bring sophistication to any project: what If I stretched this relationship to its bare minimum? Designer bags, as wonderfully crafted that they are, still have most of its value related to its branding. I bought several different fasteners, ropes and chains – but chains prevailed.
My social tree project is now fully functional: the wood sculpture with the solenoid was sanded and the interface with the Facebook API worked. If the Social Tree Facebook page doesn’t get a new like after some pre-determined time, a signal is sent and the flower attachment drops. But I wanted a way to show the user how long until the drop, as well as giving some feedback from receiving new “likes”. So the “Like Timer” was developed. The timer consists of a servo motor housed inside a wooden container. A dial shows how close to the “drop” the Social Tree sculpture is. For finished I applied soft fabric, using glue. The Social Tree Sculpture fully functional. The rough shape […]
ITP Sunday June 5th 2016 Disclaimer: These notes have no chronological order whatsoever! Too much going on already! Just returned from todays VR centered session. Many time I’ve read about stories of people who saw themselves in one point in history where something incredible was happening, something new, something that would change, not only their lives, but maybe that of humanity. Maybe that sounds hyperbolic, maybe that will not even become reality, but that is how I feel about Virtual Reality and being at ITP right now. Returning from today session on VR, while riding the metro back to Williamsburg, I felt tears in my eyes (yeah… I know). Not only for being witness of some amazing new technologies – […]
Excerpt 2 of my ITP Camp diary. Hard to keep up on all that is going on! ITP Day 2 – Thursday June 2nd 2016 Today I had my first real day at ITP and I’m feeling too tired to write about it. But better something then nothing at all: The day…today The plan was to be at ITP at 14h for the shop safety session, but I’ve got stuck at Strands bookshop – miles and miles of books – and I couldn’t leave. It was “terrible” 😉 Arrived at ITP at 17. Had the Safety session led by counselor Thea. The session is mandatory and spread throughout the entire course, so that everybody can have a go at it. The […]
Yesterday was the first day of the ITP summer Camp 2016! I have the great pleasure and honor of being invited as an Instigator and session leader. After just a couple of hours with my future camper colleagues and counselors I came out with the feeling of being in the Fantastic Chocolate Factory of interesting people. Trying to keep up with everything that’s going on will be neigh impossible but I was already advised to let it go and dive into it. Keeping this website update will be even more difficult, but who knows? Maybe I can do it.