AA Inter 3

Machan – film
January 28, 2015, 3:08 pm
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I met a lady from Sri lanka (who’s family are Dutch origin) who recommended for me to watch this film and I thought Id mention it to you all

Its called “Machan” – directed by  Uberto Pasolini, producer of The Full Monty and the screen writer is an award winning Sri Lankan lady called Ruwanthie De Chickera. It’s in Sinhalese and English with English subtitles.

It won all sorts of prizes and is an interesting take on life in the slums of Colombo and it is also very funny (believe it or not!)

I found this as a summary –

“Stanley is tired of life as a fruit seller in the perpetually unstable Sri Lankan city of Colombo. Faced with a lifetime of drudgery, his frequent get-rich-quick schemes have only succeeded in bringing his family to the verge of bankruptcy. But when by chance, he hears that there will be a handball tournament in Bavaria, Germany, an escape scheme hatches in his mind.

Despite not knowing anything about handball, Stanley coerces his pals into forming the first Sri Lankan National Handball Federation. An official invitation is sought, funding and visas applied for.

But as the fateful date with destiny draws ever closer, it becomes glaringly apparent that none of the would-be migrants has a coherent plan for achieving asylum in Germany…”

machine of our degradation
December 19, 2014, 7:53 pm
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basic system/structure
December 5, 2014, 5:55 pm
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hi nannette –

iv put together the basic structure I told you about yesterday in the tutorial – before I proceed onto the arm/liquid dropping bits I’m now playing with putting together the codes for the full rotating servo to do the movement i am manually doing for both the circular bit and the little wheeled part that will hold the arm

This is just in mdf at the moment as it is cheap but in the end I intend on the structure being a clear acrylic, so that it “is there but it is not there” so the focus becomes on the land degradation/acetone/concept etc.

It won’t seem to let me upload the quick video I made to show the movements so iv tried to create a url so that you can see as screen shots don’t really show anything (blue coloured foam masses/offcuts were used in this purely as I have that lying about my flat and so illustrates the job for now for you to see.) The servo will be attached to the little cog underneath and none of the shops around my area after I had a tutorial seemed to sell rubber bands so I need to get that tomorrow to attach to the little wheels to pull the arm back and forth.


photo 1

but now I’m focusing on the code.

Im planning on getting the arm 3d printed and will test dimensions of the intended shape for flow of the liquid to come out as drops once iv digitally sorted the movement with the arduino.


hope you are feeling better


progress of work.
December 2, 2014, 2:00 pm
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I kept my concept but have made it more grounded as needed/ discussed – so I felt the idea of desertification fitted in with my interest I have been discussing so far/my train of thought. I talk about in my initial as Ricardo described “more academic” text of technological memory, the idea of the threshold, becoming lost and the loss of orientation. I thought this linked in interestingly with the idea of desertification , as well as with my interest of having shown heat as a way of “marking”, “tracing” the ground “till its collapse”. Desertification poses the interesting question of the fine balance of heat needed for life to thrive or the potential collapse as well as as interesting visual exploration. It is also something that people have strong metaphorical associations with in terms of loss of hope/memory, a journey, and in general a difficult space.

So I looked into what exactly is desertification, what makes it and used it to create a surface/volume on which the pathway could be marked on rather than having just a general too conceptual circular form on which a path is defined (excuse the names of the files just look at what is in them !! )

a2 desertification doagram copy

new iteration ground form copy

new iteration with form.dwg copy

After the discussion with Apo on sunday morning before I had to take off to my meeting, we discussed the use of a full rotating servo which could then help me eliminate/simplify and change the structure/system I had. I have ordered it and it should be arriving tomorrow so I can start to play with that with the arduino and see how the forms come out exactly with the movement – only then can I make how the structure moves in the y direction as you can see on the drawing more defined.As for the wanting to use a heart rate as a way of connecting the human element to this machine that is representative of the human impact on the ground – he told me about a girl in diploma who he is going to email who has some code that potentialy  could help but but as for now I’m focusing on making this main structure move/work. I think the circular movement of the ground alongside the geometrically straight movements of the “arm” could be really interesting and less predictable as an outcome as opposed to what I had before.

So I am just continuing to push along this vein now through 3D


progress of work.
November 21, 2014, 4:58 pm
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I have attached the writing/rough sketches from my notebook i made from researching/understanding different processes of the things more relevant to the development of my work .

research on machines

sketchbook 1sketchbook

as for physical experimentation, I have not had the time till today to go source the material iv needed and will/am continuing to progress with what was discussed during the tutorial over the weekend of manually playing with the material. I can upload the continuation of the work before the tutorial on tuesday if so wanted?

I also have ordered a pulse sensor and I’m going to have a look at this video tutorial which could be interesting in terms of thinking about how to physically do the idea of a heart beat as a physical output in relation to the diagrams I showed you in the last tutorial.