Predictive Policing Awareness Machine

Working within the guidelines of having an organic element, conveying surrealism, and emoting anxiety; Morgan and I had to choose an aspect of tech and to design and build a critical object around it.

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We decided to work around the topic of systemic bias, more specifically that of predictive policing and their use of artificial intelligence. This piece from Propublica was eye opening to us and helped to shape the framework of the awareness machine we created.

The critical object we created was based around the idea of of a feedback cycle where data that has an innate bias in it continually gets fed into a system where the output seems uncontaminated but contains remnants of the biased data within it.

The system we created was an organic representation of those black box systems. Having a dropper of durian essence, an extremely pungent fruit that can fill a room quickly, fall onto a flower which acts as the output of the system. The liquid then creates an odd sensation where a flower which is usually associated as beautiful and pleasant smelling is now revolting. The final piece of the system is that the flower has a chance of falling into a blender and being chopped up. This is partially to make a statement about how the American criminal justice system can be a crap shoot and to say that it can have permanent effects on those who fall into it for one reason or another.

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Subtraction - Othermill 2

In July 2017 I was on a cross country and one of my favorite spots that I visited was Monument Valley. In the visitor center of the park there was sculpture of the silhouette of the two definitive structures of the park, West and East Mitten Buttes. I always had thought of ways that I could use this piece as an inspiration. I had found some really nice 15 ply plywood that I wanted to use for this project, but as the day went on there were too many people on the Othermills for me to get to my final ply, and I ended up just sticking with my test runs.

Subtraction - Othermill Milling Machine / Bantam

This was my first time using the Othermill Milling Machine.

We were given a skill builder but I had seen a photo on my phone of sketches a friend of mine had done and wanted to make on of the sketches.

I happened to be near Canal Plastics last week and snagged one of the small 2x2” acrylic. I had to play around a lot with the sizing and the turns for the character as the 1/8’’ bit can only handle so sharp of turns.

Thankfully since you can update it in the Bantam app it made playing with the corners so much simpler.

I think I’m going to try to make a series of these Weird Dogs and send them to my friend, but I will size up on the acrylic pieces and maybe get some smaller bits.

Final Piece

Final Piece

Inspiration

Inspiration

Subtraction - Hand Router

Nick Gregg and I decided to work together on the Hand Router assignment. We went through the skill builder, trading off turns routing the piece of wood.

Once we had cut out the general design of the circular shape, we decided to sketch with the router throughout the inside of the shape.

Nick would choose a depth and start cutting a path, and he would trade it over to me to do some cutting. We went back and forth until we felt fulfilled. Finally, we cut the shape out and titled it “Road Map To My Heart” 2019”

These photos got out of order towards the end, sorry.

Critical Objects - Comfort Frame

As we increasingly look at the world around us through our smart phones, the prospect of looking at the real world as it is becomes disconcerting.

The Comfort Frame solves this problem by always providing you with the comfort of a phone frame, mediating your visual perception of your surroundings.

Available for purchase at all museum entrances.

Collaboration with Sukanya Aneja.

Model: Emma Rae Norton


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Gilad's Box

Gilad's Box

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1 - After the Build, Comes the Failure

I will be posting a separate documentation solely for the building of the box.

This is the original p5 sketch that I was using as the reference for the interpretation of reality onto my matrixes. Another student Elvin was doing a similar idea and since we were both working off of Shiffman’s Brightness Mirror he shared his code with me for sending live video to a matrix. I attempted to use this with p5serialcontrol but even with Shawn’s help we could get it going.

If I was only using one wall with live video being displayed I could have used a Fadecandy with this code and it most likely would have worked well. But alas my ego caused me to have this massive canvas to work with.

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2 - Post-Failure, Repositioning and Making Due

I was pretty disappointed that I couldn’t get any video going with what I imagined to be a pretty simple process, and kind of decided to drop live video. I was introduced to Dominick Chang, a second year student and he gave me his DMX King LeDMX4 PRO an OEM Board for direct Art-Net to RGB/RGBW pixel strip/array control. Basically but connecting this board to my computer by ethernet, and to the board’s ground and data I could address each matrix directly from MadMapper.

Fabrication - Two Materials

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I did not take proper documentation of this project.

I was walking by the store Huckberry a few weeks ago (on my birthday) and saw that they were doing an event with Popular Mechanics. The Popular Mechanics instagram has a few photos of the event and the tools used.

I actually cut my thumb with the hole maker for the rivets. After the cut, I told them to put tape on the sharp side and it’s cool to see that they did.

taped up hole maker

taped up hole maker

PCOMP/ICM - Final Project Idea

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The Box

I’m interested in building objects that live in a space.

My original idea for the box was for it to be just too small for an adult, but comfortable for a child. I envision each wall of the inside of the box to have an LED matrix on it, with the LEDs being diffused through a thick acrylic. I am still unsure of what I specifically see being displayed on the matrix though.

I have ideas of using the box

  • As a filter of what is going on in the room the box is inside. Putting IR cameras on each side of the box and filtering what is going on outside the box.

  • As a diffused light mirror of the individual inside the box

Things I’m still considering

  • Is there sound? Is it filtering an altering the audio outside the box?

  • Maybe the user will be directed to close their eyes. Light therapy?

  • What is drawing the user inside the box? Why does someone go inside of a space?

  • How does the box react to you?

    • Heart-rate sensors?

 
Woman inside an accumulator

Woman inside an accumulator

Wilhelm Reich

When explaining my project to classmate Dana Elkis she suggested I research Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s work and his Orgone Accumulators.

“Dr. Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychoanalyst who trained with Sigmund Freud.  He believed that the atmosphere was full of a life energy that he called “Orgone.” That energy, he claimed, controlled everything from the weather to your emotions to the way your body moves to the health of your sexual relationships. “ [1]

  • Credited with helping start the sexual revolution in America

  • He pioneered the field of what he termed "orgonomy" in the 1950s, after he discovered a form of energy he called "orgone."

  • Reich determined Orgone was a major influence in a person's sexual performance.

  • As such, he believed orgone could be used to treat sexual dysfunction by seating a patient in an Orgone Accumulator, which was basically a phone-booth-size wooden box lined with metal

People have tried building accumulators before and there are guides online to making them as well as a complete handbook.

The majority of Reich’s work has become viewed as a kind of pseudo-science, but I think there are ways for technology to legitimize, even for just a moment, things that people don’t believe.

I am unsure of if I will turn the box into an Orgone Accumulator, or if I will incorporate aspects of his theories into the piece.

Animation - Super Frog Saves Tokyo [After Effects]

An interpretation of the short story "Super Frog Saves Tokyo" from the collection 'After The Quake' by Haruki Murakami.

Music by Nick Gregg, and Aphex Twin “20”.

While working on my design analysis assignment for Visual Language, I gained a set of assets from Haruki Murakami’s website for the cover of his collection of short stories 'After The Quake'. The cover contains a frog, and the short story "Super Frog Saves Tokyo" revolves around a frog, Frog, going to an ordinary man, Katagiri, for help with defeating the dangerous Worm.

While going through After Effects in class for Animation, I brought in my hi-res PNG of the frog and started messing around with it. From there I built different scenes for the frog and the story to progress. Each of the scenes are largely unconnected, and the story lacks a specific narrative. I look at it as my interpretation of Murakami’s story.

Original

Original

Camera Views 1

Camera Views 1

Camera Views 2

Edited

Edited

Animation - 9 Volts

Created by Chenshan Gao, Louise Lessel, Gilad Dor

Music by Banda La Fracachela Billy Bennet

Our first animation assignment was to make a stop-motion animation. While brainstorming the project we were using a 9V battery as a stand in for a character while coming up with ideas. This progressed into making a story for the little battery figure.

Using Dragonframe was not the easiest thing, but once we got used to it the workflow evolved organically.

We sourced music from fellow ITP student Billy Bennet and a jazzy track we found on Soundcloud.

Story Boarding

Story Boarding