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Useful website for more slum data
February 8, 2015, 8:08 pm
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This website includes a few personal case studies on families living in slums, as well as data regarding internal access, sanitation, water, waste and electricity availability as well as the types of tenure and programmes introduced to improve slum conditions in sri lanka over the years. enjoy.

February 3, 2015, 10:54 pm
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hi guys this is the website i found that details the land tenure laws in sri lanka, hope you find it useful!

Situational Surveillance
December 19, 2014, 6:44 pm
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Situational Surveillance

When land topography shifts, modifies, what happens to its occupants and how does this affect its neighboring areas? What if land becomes uninhabitable, where do its existing tenants go? What if uninhabitable land becomes inhabitable, then who is able to use it/ will it be allocated to? The model illustrates

shifting lands, or rather these lands are not only locations but more site-specific periods; the happenings of scenes. It demonstrates these scenes drifting close to each other, perhaps coming into contact with each other; the convergence of locations and timings. It investigates and proposes these strange

combinations and new events and scenes that occur as a result of this interaction between the lands.

These lands are simultaneously singular and multiple, past and future, present and real, both themselves and part of something larger. they were originallyscenes, information of events that are site and time specific, but once fragmented in the model they are data that can be used to create new scenes and

situations. Their original context is lost, only part of their form remains,  which can be combined flexibly with parts of other scenes to define new contexts. In the model, the Lands have their own pulse and rhythm, their own natural frequency of degeneration and regeneration, cracking open and drifting apart, then coming back together though never becoming wholly intact again. Their fragmented nature entails that they are as a whole complete and incomplete, forever being immediate while also comprising pasts and futures, each scene formed always being both itself, made up of parts and a constituent part. This is so because all information and forms and data is contained within model, nothing is ever lost or cut away, but the data is merely camouflaged, hidden or confused and neutralised by other scenes data to different extents at times.

Pixellating the chosen images is done as a commentary on land surveillance and censorship of such images. Pixellation and further splitting of pixels causes events to be not so particularly obvious and coherent to the viewer, they are abstracted images that are only partially informing, but when two matching images overlap, the situation of ‘perfect information’ occurs to the viewer and the viewer is informed of the full data, albeit still a pixelated image that censors specific details of the event and shows only the gist; the general nature of the land. When the event of two opposing or incompatible information and data

Avery’s Work Update
December 2, 2014, 2:26 pm
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hi ricardo and nanette,

hope you are recovering from your illness. I refined and redesigned my entire installation to be videod, the diagrams are enclosed below. I also made plans for the tracks on the acrylic sheets that are scored with a laser cutter to guide the ball bearings that will be attached to the underside of the pieces, so that the interaction of the mobile pieces with each other and the static pieces will be very precise and choreographed.

sequence 1 sequence 3  pixelated 2 sequence 2 plan 2nd level mock up of final isoexploded iso

also, i have refined my concept for the images that are overlaid onto the  pieces. I looked at Pixellisation and how convergence of pieces will reveal a coherent picture of the ‘event’ that occurs within the pieces, without the convergence the symbolisation of event is abstract and code like, very much like satellite images taken on google maps that are censored because they are restricted information to the public. at certain times and moments during the installation performance, pieces converge and information ‘leaks’ or reveals itself to the viewers. I upped the contrast for the images and picked the part of the image that i felt was most telling of what the image was, the ‘gist’ of the image, and then i pixellated it and split this pixellation into two parts, such that they look vaguely like what they are, but also like abstract codes.

pixelated 2 pixelated 3 pixelated 1

I am still unable to get my arduino 4 axis servo control to work, i have already asked apo if i can meet him individually tomorrow to check what is wrong. i suspect it has to do with the coding that I used for Python. I will further update you on my progress on that side after meeting him.Hope to hear from you soon, Thank you!

Avery’s Project Update
November 21, 2014, 5:01 pm
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scissor mechanism 3 scissor lift mechanismmodel 2 model 1 elevation2 intact1 elevation 1 cracked 1 before cracked 1

I made a draft prototype to show the three layers in my model.  large pieces on top ‘crack’ open as show in photos to reveal pieces below. there are more ‘vertical’ pieces that are lifted from one layer to another, to interact with the different layers. I am currently experimenting with a scissor mechanism that ‘expands’ and contracts to lift this pieces up and down on the different layers, as well as to bring pieces closer and further from each other. the actual model will be using acrylic and metal rods as a stand instead of wood and polypropylene for now as it is stronger. below is the plan of the pieces on each layer. as mentioned in the previous tutorial, acrylic will be overlaid on top of individual pieces to show specific spaces within pieces, and acrylic layers overlaid as the next layer will show ‘timeline’ of situations and events.Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 4.28.06 pm Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 4.28.30 pm

Useful reference: Library of Babel
October 16, 2014, 1:23 pm
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Labyrinths (1962) is a collection of short stories and essays by Jorge Luis Borges translated into the English-language.

It includes “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”, “The Garden of Forking Paths”, and “The Library of Babel”, three of Borges’ most famous stories.

Super interesting premise with regards to infinite possibilities, Labyrinths, Babel, permutation and combinations, finding archetypes amongst the absurd…

an excerpt of plot from wiki:

Borges’ narrator describes how his universe consists of an enormous expanse of adjacent hexagonal rooms, each of which contains the bare necessities for human survival—and four walls of bookshelves. Though the order and content of the books is random and apparently completely meaningless, the inhabitants believe that the books contain every possible ordering of just 25 basic characters (22 letters, the period, the comma, and the space). Though the vast majority of the books in this universe are pure gibberish, the library also must contain, somewhere, every coherent book ever written, or that might ever be written, and every possible permutation or slightly erroneous version of every one of those books. The narrator notes that the library must contain all useful information, including predictions of the future, biographies of any person, and translations of every book in all languages. Conversely, for many of the texts some language could be devised that would make it readable with any of a vast number of different contents.

Despite — indeed, because of — this glut of information, all books are totally useless to the reader, leaving the librarians in a state of suicidal despair. This leads some librarians to superstitions and cult-like behaviours, such as the “Purifiers”, who arbitrarily destroy books they deem nonsense as they scour through the library seeking the “Crimson Hexagon” and its illustrated, magical books. Others believe that since all books exist in the library, somewhere one of the books must be a perfect index of the library’s contents; some even believe that a messianic figure known as the “Man of the Book” has read it, and they travel through the library seeking him.

goldmine of useless (or in our case useful) information: tvtropes
October 13, 2014, 9:22 am
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Hey guys this is the website i mentioned the other day in class. the link connects to its promised land page. its pretty useful (i think) and its also really interesting and funny.