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02.15.17 Independent Study, Journal 5

Angelo Vermeulen

Ian Clothier

Making Hortum Machina B

The Modular Body

Nina Sellars

Charles Sowers

Ethan Frier

Andy Lomas

Micro Tugs


02.15.17 Wednesday, No Meeting

We did not meet last week but will meet next week on the 22nd


02.18.17 Processing

Went through 3 more Processing tutorials.

Worked on robot design again.


02.19.17 Multiplexing

Worked out some multiplexing of RGB LEDs on a breadboard. My code was insufficient. I am not sure what I did wrong but it isn’t working. I can daisy chain the shift registers together and access the pins. If I use regular LEDs, I can control their actions. The RGB LEDs are a different story. All I managed to do was turn them on, which has nothing to do with the code. I fed them power and they came on. This is something I need to be able to do for my Origin project more than the robots, but either way, I must learn it.


02.20.17 Snow Delays and Catching Up

There were lots of delays because of the snow and yet the snow gave me more work time and yet I am still somewhat behind. I will catch up. Today I am finishing up the Processing tutorials so I can finally write the simulation. I am tempted to just jump in to writing and figure it out as I go, but I think it’s better to follow all the lessons first.

ind. I will catch up.


Independent Study Update for Gene

Artist Research (At my Request)

I am going through the list you gave me but I have not written about them yet. I will do so. It helps me. I think I am going to do my History and Theory research paper on David Rokeby. He seems to be interesting and there is a lot of information available. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t tie in to what I am doing with this independent study quite as well as I would like.


Processing, Ecosystem Simulation Due 02.15.17

This was due by the 15th but I ended up having to work on the robot so that I could write the department grant. I thought I would still get the simulation done by the 15th but I think it’s more likely to be done Friday. I should be able to finish it on Wednesday if things go well.


First Pair of Robots Due by 03.01.17 (Pre-Spring Break)

I am concerned about this. I feel prepared to make the robots, but I did not order parts when I wrote the grant. I should have. Then they would be here in time to get this done on time. I will order ASAP.

I also discovered that there is another skill I don’t have that needs to be addressed. I need to learn to make clean vector images to cut out the robot parts. I suspect that illustrator isn’t the best plan for that, but maybe it is. I will talk to Wade and see what he uses to cut out the gears and such for his projects. That’s basically the same kind of thing. I guess I could just make the robot chassis by hand with plywood, but it seems like waste of materials if I am just going to end up doing it on the laser eventually anyway. I may as well just do it right the first time. This may delay me some more. Hopefully I can make up the time somehow.


Positive Notes

I am seeing a lot more connections between this project and my other works. I feel like I am developing direction. I think that all of my current projects are asking people to take the time to understand complexity.

The robots are looking at the way seemingly life-like behaviors are actually just combinations of simple, explainable actions.

Origin is attempting to take very complex scientific theories and ask people not just to understand or enjoy them, but to integrate them into the larger cultural context.

I have also been working on a sort of nebulous project I am calling simply “between.” I have been spending extra time exploring things that are formed between other things. A lot of the concept has been manifested in my work on the laser cutter. Last night I had a bit of an epiphany about it and set about really fleshing out the project. I am going to create some large laser cut art that is very dense and detailed. Then I will frame it with sliding magnifying glasses mounted around it so that the viewer is invited to look at the details of the image and see more than the sort of dizzying convergence of shapes that is the larger scale version.