AA Inter 3

good luck
February 5, 2015, 5:22 pm
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Mapping of the land parcels.

Molten Lines
December 19, 2014, 7:00 pm
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December 3, 2014, 2:28 am
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Hey Ricardo and Nanette,

“The primordial scene of the nomos opens with a drawing of a line in the soil. This very act initiates a specific concept of law, which derives order from the notion of space” from Concepts of Order In No Man’s Land by Cornelia Vismann


I have continued to develop the concept of interaction with my rover. taking the idea of the relation between myth\folklore and land by the example of the aboriginal’s navigation capabilities through songs and looking at cases of myth being inscribed on land and thus forming a kind of claiming of ownership over it through that myth like that which happens in Peru with the Nazca Lines.

The process begins when one sends the rover into the land. He gives the rover his crap metal and passes the myth in the form of a song\whistle\rhythm. The rover sets out into the land translating the rhythm into it’s path, forming a pattern, The pattern being the initial form of the myth inscribed on the land. As the rover moves it will encounter elements of that land. Each element the rover shall encounter will build on to the path pattern and alter it – thus the land itself will be built into the myth by the interference of its elements. With each encounter of the rover, the path will keep modifying.

I have defined 3 main variables of movement in the rover’s mechanism (A: time of moving forward – engines +|+. B: Time of turning – engines +|- or -|+. C: and time of moving forward again – engines +|+) into which the rover will translate the rhythm. When it will encounter an obstacle the variables will develop (example : A+4 B-2 C+6). In the tutorial with Apo he basically told me it’s possible and to go with it.


I got the small rover running and avoiding obstacles (I tried to add a video but it tells me I need a premium account) and I have begun to build the main rover model – the base frame and the furnace are done. I will continue building the model and developing the code.

Regarding Thursday it’s fine with me.

Thank you,



Here is the link to the tank tracks http://proto-pic.co.uk/tank-treads/


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The Pioneer – laying the foundation to No Man’s Land
November 22, 2014, 8:58 pm
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Hey, sorry for the late post. I have decided to change my concept since the last time I saw you both. I wanted to make something more ‘physical’ and less perceptional and to break away from the play with afterimages and shadows. So don’t see this as a continuation to the ideas I have brought in the last couple of meetings.


In the quest to discover and chart the new No Man’s Land a pioneer machine is sent. It slowly roams the land, collecting the trash and residue of civilisation which now fills those lands, and transforms it to a path or grid on the ground – the physical charting of it. That grid can later become the foundation of inhabiting that space.

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The machine is a furnace, collecting aluminium scrap in the form of cans, containers, foil and components. as it moves, it melts the aluminium and continually pours it in the path that it scores in the ground, creating a new Aluminium tamed landscape.

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The aspects of this machine I will focus on are the movement in relation to melting and pouring the aluminium, understanding how a furnace for melting aluminium works and how will I need to modify it to achieve the “live continuous casting” required.  I decided to to pre-feed the aluminium scrap into it and not have it collecting and feeding itself so I could focus on the part of the proposition which might give the final effect of land tamed by aluminium.

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To begin, I have built a stationary furnace to understand if melting the aluminium is possible and what would it take to do so. The main modification I have introduced in the first prototype is the draining pipe in the bottom of the crucible piercing out of the furnace itself. Whereas usually the melting would be done by placing the metal in the crucible, the crucible in the furnace and then when the metal is melted, removing the crucible and pouring the ,metal into the mould, in my machine, the pouring of the molten metal, as well as the feeding and melting, needs to be continuous.

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In the first attempt, I didn’t manage to raise the temperature to the melting point for aluminium (620c). So I reconfigured the woods and the air blowing in (to pump oxygen to the fire and increase the temp) as well as the distance between the fire to the crucible. at the end I shut it off and went to find better wood. The security guys joined in (btw, don’t worry, I got permissions to do this before hand form the safety office) and they gave me some good advice as to how to create a more consistent high temperature. In the second round, I have managed to melt the aluminium and pour it from the bottom drainage.

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What’s next? :

After the first set of experiments I understand better that the furnace will need to be specifically designed to run on its own with no maintenance while it’s driving, and that has to do with its form. In addition, I will need to find a longer lasting burning material so that the machine won’t need more wood so often. Regarding the movement, I need to configure the arduino with the arduino robot component to have the machine creating a grid while avoiding obstacles. I would also need to find a way to insulate the heat from the dragging furnace so that the rest of the machine won’t melt as it drives.

twitter-age narrative
October 8, 2014, 11:59 pm
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Hey all,

Came across this, I like him and found this entertaining and somewhat relevant. Thought it’s worth shearing.

Louise CK “feeling” sci fi :


(re posted by Darren Aronofsky)