Nomadic Adaptations started as a performance were I could tell my story and experience of my journey from Ecuador to New York and my adaptation in this big city. The performance also has a reflective installation, that when is lighted generates a mellow atmosphere in the room.
After working in Andean Reflections I knew I wanted to continue working with light reflection in a kinetic installation. The unique shape and form obtain with the reflection of the paper used, make me calm, and that is how I started thinking in building a meditative installation. The key factor of this piece is that it will detect movement in the room where its located, and will turn off if there is disturbance around it.
First thing was to design how I’ll give movement to the paper. Here is a more detail link for the wheel chassis.
In order to get a nicer and dynamic reflection I needed a mechanism to play with the distance of the light source lighting the wheel where the reflective paper will be. Here is the process of making this mechanism for the lights.
The interaction of the piece was planned to only work whenever surrounded with calm. If movement detected the piece will shut down. It isn’t an ON/OFF piece, what I wanted is every 5 seconds, one state of the piece will shut down, and every 3 seconds will pass to turn each one ON. The states are:
Light mechanism moving, wheel spinning and lights ON.
Wheel spinning and lights ON.
Before Arduino, I used Processing to emulate all the states from the piece. Here you can get the code. And here is a video of the simulation.
The next step was the electronic part of the circuit. First finding the components to use. The motors I picked, specially for its size and its power, where this micro motors. For the lights I wanted an led similar to the one in my I-phone, because it gives more detail in the reflection. After searching and also experimenting with different types, I picked this LEDs. PIR sensors were in charge to control if movement was presence near the installation, I bought this ones. One of the key characteristic of this sensor is being able to set the jumper set repeating the trigger, that way was easier for the code to read when it was active.
I used an external power supply to be able to power all the components, including the Arduino that would be the one that control the states of the piece.
Here are some pictures of the circuit design and the acid edged circuit.
After trying the circuit, it was only time to adjust the PWM for the motors and the lights, in order to have the wanted speed and brightness.
Here pictures of the piece.
The piece was presented as part of an immersive experience, where one of the class was transformed in a maze.
For the audio, I used sound from freesound.org, trying to have a balance within nature and meditation sounds. Some of the tracks I used where burning woods, river, wind, raga, gregorian chants, etc. To this I added pieces of a guided meditation by Zach Coble.
Installation selected for the GSO grant 2015 by Tisch School of the Arts of NYU.
The installation is a big Eye with screens, where you can see live and pre recorded video. The purpose of the piece is to remind people that nowadays (specially in big cities) we are always being surveilled
I friend of mine needed to cover the TV shelves and book shelves to prevent a baby and a dog reach electronic equipment and her books.
For that I decided to add some CNC doors with piano hinges for the book shelves and some slide doors for the TV furniture.
Here are some pictures for the finishing doors for the book shelves
For the TV set, the hacking was more tricky cause and extension to the furniture needed to be added. After prototyping in cardboard and assuring that the measures were accurate, I CNC the wood with hexagrams symbols (UNION, PEACE and WATER)
For this week strategy prototype I would like to get people reactions as a main part of the piece.
My idea is to put rare objects that normally you can not find in the junk shelf of ITP (damaged electronics, old toys, vase, etc that anyone can grabbed). I want to record when people approach to the objects and see their reaction to them.
The purpose of this will be to create unexpected emotions in people, hopefully trying to make them smile.