The Illuminated Origin of Species, a one-of-a-kind work of art, combines traditional illumination and botanical art with the unabridged first edition of Darwin’s masterpiece of scientific literature.
A cross-disciplinary research lab at MIT inventing self-assembly and programmable material technologies aimed at reimagining construction, manufacturing, product assembly and performance. Self-Assembly is a process by which disordered parts build an ordered structure through local interaction. We have demonstrated that this phenomenon is scale-independent and can be utilized for self-constructing and manufacturing systems at nearly every scale. We have also identified the key ingredients for self-assembly as a simple set of responsive building blocks, energy and interactions that can be designed within nearly every material and machining process available. Self-assembly promises to enable breakthroughs across every applications of biology, material science, software, robotics, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, construction, the arts, and even space exploration. The Self-Assembly Lab is working with academic, commercial, nonprofit, and government partners, collaborators, and sponsors to make our self-assembling future a reality.
Breathing is an important issue has always been, not only from a medical perspective. The unique for bodily functions characteristic of being able to act deliberately in an uninterrupted flow involuntary, offers interesting starting points. Over a chest breathing is measured and transmitted in real time to a base. This translates the data permanently in a drawing, controlled by parameters such as the intensity, the frequency and the harmony of breaths. Simultaneously, the duration of this process is demonstrated by the continued overwriting.
In order to explore the current limits of 3D printing technology, I've created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable, 33rpm records and printed a few functional prototypes that play on ordinary record players. Though the audio quality is low -the records have a sampling rate of 11kHz (a quarter of typical mp3 audio) and 5-6 bit resolution (less than one thousandth of typical 16 bit resolution)- the songs are still easily recognizable, watch the video above to see the process and hear what the records sound like. Also check out my laser cut records, made on wood, paper, and acrylic.
RxArt is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children heal through the extraordinary power of visual art. We commission exceptional contemporary artists to transform sterile healthcare facilities into engaging and inspiring environments full of beauty, humor and comfort.
The Nimbus is a sonic paintbox, featuring a collection of sound works by Chris Watson contained in an app for mobile devices. It allows you to travel within immersive sounds to impossible locations and inhabit natural environments which your physical presence would disrupt; detailed sound objects of stark beauty for personal listening. Alongside these portable experiences are a set of sound games; playful as well as sonically rich, that will take you on journeys that reorganise your everyday. The Nimbus allows you to hear natural environments as they are when we are not physically present with our smells, our noises and our narratives. Use it as a travelling companion, as you commute, work, shop or move through the grid of streets subdividing your world in arbitrarily geometric sections that have little to do with the geological and ecological reality underpinning our existence. It invites you to reframe your day-to-day activities within a strangely beautiful set of sound paintings by the world's foremost sound recordist.