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03 OCTOBER 2014

Ototo: bespoke musical instruments with pocket-sized circuit board

"Ototo–a pocket–sized circuit board in the mold of the Arduino and MaKey MaKey that was was designed to be a 'musical invention kit' and helps kids build bespoke electronic instruments without writing a line of code or burning a single finger on a soldering iron. It can play music out of the box with the 12 black and white triangles acting like piano keys and a surface–mounted speaker emitting sound, but it's killer application is the ability to create outlandish orchestras by connecting it to funky objects with alligator clips. Plants become percussive instruments, sauce pans become a drum set, and even simple pencil sketches can produce unique sounds when tapped."

(Joseph Flaherty, 22 October 2013, Wired)

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alligator clip • analogue correspondenceArduino • bespoke instruments • bespoke musical instruments • circuit boardcommonplace objectscreative playcreative technology • crocodile clip • design and technologydevicedo-it-yourselfgadget • gizmo • interaction designinteractive objects • Joseph Pleass • Kickstarterkit • low-tech music • MaKey MaKey • Mark McKeague • music making technologyOtotoout-of-the-boxphysical and digital interactionpocket-sized circuit boardsound generatorsound toytechnology for engagementThereminWired (magazine)Yuri Suzuki

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Simon Perkins
17 APRIL 2014

Jean Tinguely: Art, Machines and Motion

"Jean Tinguely exhibited in a show titled 'Art, Machines and Motion' at the Kaplan Gallery, London, in November 1959. In conjunction with that exhibition, Tinguely held a conference and performance at the Institute of Contemporary Art on November 16 titled 'Static, Static, Static! Be Static!' During the event, 1.5 km of paper drawn by two cyclists on his meta–matic bicycle were spread through the audience while Tinguely read his theory of movement and machines simultaneously heard on radio in Paris."

(Rosemary O'Neill, p.159)

Rosemary O'Neill (2011). Total Art and Fluxus in Nice. "Art and Visual Culture on the French Riviera, 1956–1971: The Ecole De Nice", Ashgate Publishing Limited.

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1959abstract artanarchicart exhibition • Art Machines and Motion (exhibition) • auto-generateavant-garde artistsbicycleBritish Pathecontraptiondo-it-yourself • Ewan Phillips • generative artgenerative compositional techniqueInstitute of Contemporary Artsinteractive artironicJean Tinguely • Kaplan Gallery • kinetic sculptureLondonmachine aestheticmachinesmechanical device • meta-matic bicycle • meta-maticsmid 20th-centurymotion • movement and machines • moving machinesnewsreel • Nouveau Realistes • paperParisplayfulradiorobot artrobotised assemblagessculptorsculpture • speed sculpture

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Simon Perkins
21 NOVEMBER 2012

V2_Institute for the Unstable Media

"In the turbulent year of 1981 the building at Vughterstraat 234 in Den Bosch was squatted by a group of artists and musicians, including a young Joke Brouwer and an almost as young Alex Adriaansens. There was no place for their sounds, art or ideas in the established venues, so they created one of their own at 'V234,' quickly shortened to 'V2.' September 3 and 4, 1981 the first events where organized. In 1982, these pragmatic anarchists decided to organize themselves into a foundation, and V2_ was officially born."

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1981 • 3D projection • Alex Adriaansens • art in electronic networks • art installationart productionartist collectiveartistic means • arts practice • audiovisual arts • centre for art and media technology • communications media • computers as an artistic medium • cyberspace • Den Bosch • digital imagery • digital techniques • do-it-yourself • Dutch Electronic Art Festival • Einsturzende Neubauten • electronic mediaelectronic musicexhibition space • Institute for the Unstable Media • interactive installationsinteractive video • interdisciplinary workspace • international media laboratory • ISDN • Joke Brouwer • knowledge exchange • Laibach • machine art • manifesto • mixed media applications • multimedia centre • multimedia organisationNetherlands • network and communications media • new technical possibilitiesnew technology • pragmatic anarchists • public events • public spaceroboticsRotterdamSonic Youthsound installation • squatting • The building gave room for concerts and performances analogue media • unstable media • V2_virtual realityvisual arts • Vughterstraat 234 • world wide web

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Simon Perkins
10 DECEMBER 2011

Women in technology: Limor Fried

"Limor Fried was the sort of third–grader who took apart VCRs for fun. Gradually, she discovered that a hobby could become a degree –– a bachelor's and then a master's in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. Finally, she discovered it could become a business. During her student years, Fried would post photographs and detailed instructions of her latest experiments in hardware hacking. First, she built an audience, and then a company, Adafruit Industries. ...

Fried's approach is sometimes called 'open–source hardware' –– similar to open–source software, but instead of the source code being open and malleable, the source materials are. Is there something anti–corporate in the way that she likes to encourage the hacking of consumer products?

'Absolutely not, I'm totally a staunch capitalist,' she says. She just thinks hardware hacking is good business. Adafruit has become something of a business incubator itself, inspiring others to start similar businesses."

(David Zax, Fast Company)

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Adafruit Industries • businessbusiness incubatorbusiness womencomputer scienceDIYdo-it-yourselfelectrical engineering • electronic toys • electronicsengineerengineering • entrepreneurial generation • entrepreneurshiphackerhardwarehardware hacking • hobby • kit • Limor Fried • Make MagazineMITopen sourceopen-source hardwaretechnologiestoyVideo Cassette Recorder (VCR)womenwomen in technology

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Simon Perkins
09 SEPTEMBER 2011

Bob Godfrey's Do-It-Yourself Animation Show in 1974: Terry Gilliam

"Wow, here's something I'd never seen before: Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam discussing his animation techniques on Bob Godfrey's Do–It–Yourself Animation Show in 1974. Godfrey's show, which made animation accessible to the masses by taking the mystery out of the production process, was vastly influential and inspired an entire generation of kids in England, including Nick Park, who created Wallace & Gromit, Jan Pinkava, who directed the Pixar short Geri's Game, and Richard Bazley, an animator on Pocahontas, Hercules, and The Iron Giant.

In a day and age when more kids are interested in animating than ever before, it's a shame that TV shows (or Web series) that are fun and informative like this don't exist. The DIY advice that Gilliam gives in this episode is not only brilliant, but still as relevant today as back then: 'The whole point of animation to me is to tell a story, make a joke, express an idea. The technique itself doesn't really matter. Whatever works is the thing to use.'"

(Amid, 4 August 2011)

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19742D2D animationanimatinganimation • animation techniques • animatorart and design • Bob Godfrey • collage • collage animation • cut-outcut-out animationdesign processDIYDIY ethicdo-it-yourself • express an idea • Jan Pinkava • make a joke • Monty Python • Nick Park • paperproduction process • Richard Bazley • scaletechniquetell a story • Terry Gilliam • UKvisual design

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Simon Perkins
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