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Nicholas – Progress by nicholaszembashi
December 2, 2014, 2:07 pm
Filed under: 2013-14

Hi Nannette and Ricardo,

Hope you are well and recovering from the illness. Since Friday I refined the concept and re-wrote my text describing the objective of the model I want to make and how it relates conceptually and physically. I hope you find it clearer now.


Then, after the workshop with Apo and having discussed my arduino issues with hime he gave me some feedback on how to refine my components. Below I’ve attached diagram of how the final components should be working together in the model and how the link through processing in grasshopper and then to a finally onto a screen. We also discussed how the ‘mandala’ image with the light traces could be linked to the map on the screen more. I tied finding a solution as you’ll see later on.


The diagram of the components


The components connected together physically – I used the ‘first layer’ diagram of the real city I created

Blog Post Tutorial 2.12.2014

Then I took the arduino components into Firefly and I am still working on reading and writing behaviours to them but for now it works a the level of obtaining values form the different connected sensors (light and audio). The next step would be, through firefly, to get an Addressable LED strip (which I ordered) to alternate its lighting according to the values from the sensors. Then there is the issue of the map and how these will start changing specific parameters on it.


To do that I used another grasshopper plug-in called Elk. This helped me map Soho and Bloomsbury first by using Open Source Map data which provides me with a set of parameters relating to the transport networks as you will see. These I overlaid on the Vector map of the area which acts as a parameter for the buildings and static objects. Then I used data from Nasa’s 3D terrain scans of earth (unfortunately Europe isn;t as detailed in the scale of the scanning compared to USA of course but I still managed to find the terrain for London). This brings in a third parameter which is terrain itself. Hence this hopefully gives me specific data for the Arduino sensors to start manipulating.


Here is everything layer over each other and the corresponding grass hopper layout for the Elk components

Blog Post Tutorial 2.12.2014

Finally here I made decisions over which parameters will be controlled by which sensors and this page also shows how everything links to each other int he end on the screen (Or I’m hoping to make it link this way). So the other next step would also be to get the parameters to star being affected by the sensors from Arduino. I was really hoping to have done one of them for you to see today, ideally the sound, but unfortunately to learn and re-map the parameters through Elk took me way longer than planned so sorry for not having progressed as much as I promised.

I’m super excited to get it work though , hopefully it does. So including the steps I mentioned, other things I’ll start thinking of next are perhaps the video itself and the presentation and tightening up the argument even more conceptually and be more clear on my take on ‘narrative/myth creation’ as every person, today more than ever, has the potential of being his own deity of creation as we discussed – a demiurges.

Looking forward to hear what you think and your feedback. Thanks a lot!



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