I've been thinking recently of collaborative work from the past that has never been shown outside of the classroom. Two of my favorites are the Quirky project with Cho-Tao Huang and Teeth Cake Theatre with Vivian Charlesworth. These videos bring back fond memories of 2014!
"To prepare for a future filled with robots and intelligent machines, the Quirky system allows us to practice and reinforce healthy lifelong relationships with others."
The Teeth Cake Theatre is a vertical travel case with tiny rooms inside. Each room is sequenced with an Arduino to play an audio clip and turn on lighting at a given moment in time. We made the rooms from dollhouse parts and 3d printed objects. The biggest room is a mechanical theater inhabited by a maker. In the first scene he enters the room to address his work bench.
Well, we did it. This just released, Tellart wins the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interaction Design. Unfortunately the projects I've been working on with Tellart, since summer of 2015, are not yet released to the public. We will have to wait until the press release.
One project I really enjoyed learning about is The Real Good Experiment. Video below.
This semester I've been involved in Kelly's research group called Data Visceralization in the Digital + Media Department here at RISD. The seven of us, made up of graduate students from RISD and Brown are working on a group performance called The Energy Propagated. We are each building apparatuses to demonstrate long time scale using light, sound or other energy. This is our video of our works in progress. We've submitted it to this year's International Symposium on Electronic Art in Vancouver, Canada. You can find more about the project here.
Cho-Tao Huang and I have been working on a Collaborative Study Project here at RISD. The name of our study is Transmigrational Animacy of Objects Research. We have added our work as a contribution to The Energy Propagated Project.
The purpose of this work is to investigate human imaginary companionship, how attribution of conscious life to other things changes over the human life cycle, and how a familiar relationship with a series of objects is sustained by a form of transmigration. The project postulates that a sustained relationship with a convivial being can persist across multiple platforms.
Below is a video of our progress.