FABRICATION: Week 3

I first planned to make a machine interface and box for my pcomp final project this week but was struggling with how to use Illustrator and how to pink the right materials. I tried testing on a cardboard I found in the junk but it didn’t cut through so and I realized that I didn’t really understand the basic of how to use the laser cutter at all. I then decided to just make something very simple for this assignment and keep the interface and box for next week.

I always love the look of wooden door plates that most Japanese houses have so I decided  to make one my own! I picked my favorite japanese sentence “前しか向かねえ” (which means ‘don’t look back’) and did a design on Illustrator with Casey’s help. I tried it on a cardboard first but the position wasn’t right and there were some parts that didn’t get etched so I needed to redo the design one more time. I then used the wood i prepared and it turned out pretty good! I wanted to painted the letters but I felt like it didn’t go deep enough? I will try to do something more complicated next week but right now I’m really loving the look of this!

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FABRICATION : WEEK 2

For this week assignment, I really wanted to make something that I will be able to use later or give to friends as gifts. I was thinking about making a soup bowl or a Japanese style wood plate but after asking Sid for directions he said that I would have to use a special tools for that so I gave up on that idea. In the end I decided to make a sushi plate since it’d be really simple and easy to make but it’d also become very useful since I cook Japanese food a lot.

https://www.uselessdaily.com/food/30-interesting-facts-about-sushi-list/#.W-XZTiOZPOQ

Luckily I found a perfect material for this at the junk shop. I started off by cutting the wood into 5×7 rectangular plates and then sanded the corners to add some curves to it. My plan was to make the plates look very minimal yet nice.

After I finished sanding the plates, I started making the legs for them. I cut the leftover wood into 4x1x1.5 blocks and then I used wood glue to stick them to the plates.

I’m pretty satisfied with the outcome though they are not 100% identical. I also need to finish them with oil or wax. Will beed to do a research to see which one is the most suitable foe this since I’ll put food on them!

PCOMP : Final Project

MAL is an interactive story-telling installation that will give players a chance to experience the benefits and disadvantages of AI and decide the fate of humanity after the computer take control over us. This installation is inspired by a movie called ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. We want to recreate the scene from the movie where the protagonist has to deactivate the AI computer he created to stop the computer from killing him. During the deactivation, the computer gradually loses its higher intellectual function and it begs the protagonist to stop.

We will use music and sound as a medium to guide players through the story. The players will be tempted by MAL to start activating the machine and giving it more functions for it to compose a song for the players. The players them will need to use a key to start moving the blocks into the machine. The more blocks you’re pushing in, the nicer the song will be, giving the players to experiment and play with different sounds. But at a certain point, if you’re pushing too many blocks in, the machine will start taking control. It will pull all the blocks in by itself and it will start playing some horrifying music. After that the player will have to solve a puzzle to deactivate the machine or they can decide to let the machine live.

Design

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Story flow chart

Schedule

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Fabrication : week 1 flashlight

My first idea was to make an apple that glows in the dark. I got an inspiration from a scene in Lana Del Rey’s music video ‘Tropico’ where she picks a crystal apple from a tree. I wanted to do a photoshoot about witchcraft so a glowing apple would be a perfect prop for that.

https://giphy.com/embed/j1SDXl5zYjTYk

I made a skeleton for an apple with wires and covered it up with transparent acrylic sheet. In the end it didn’t really look like an apple and I also couldn’t figure out the way to wire the battery and make a switch so I just decided to turn it into a japanese lantern.

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PCOMP: Midterm

I first came up with an idea of using the shoe switch I made for 2nd week lab assignment for midterm project. I wanted to make a game in p5 using the shoe switch to control 2 characters across the screen and have them race against each other. The switch will either be something you can put inside your shoes or something you can stamp on. It means that you actually need to run to make the game characters move.

After Casey and I talked, we thought it might be more fun if we just use the servo dog robot he made instead of making a p5 game. We were also thinking about replacing shoe switch with arcade buttons since it’d be more durable and wouldn’t break easily.

We decided to make a prototype with whatever we found in the junk shop to test if the servo can be used as robot legs. Luckily we found some wood cork which had the perfect weight.

Animation : WEEK 1 – Stop Motion

First assignment for animation class is to make a 30 second stop motion video. The story we used for this video is based on a joke about a tomato family where Papa tomato squeezed one of his children into ketchup because the kid kept lagging behind.

https://www.redbubble.com/people/suzuki-mud/works/7848101-pulp-fiction-mias-joke?grid_pos=42&p=t-shirt&style=mens
https://www.redbubble.com/people/suzuki-mud/works/7848101-pulp-fiction-mias-joke?grid_pos=42&p=t-shirt&style=mens

After we all agreed on the story, we decided to include more characters in the video to make it funnier. We stuck googly eyes to carrots, a bell pepper and an onion and placed them around the scene as witnesses. The broccolis were cut in half and turned into trees.

We had problems with lighting and focusing at first but after we got the hang of it everything went smoothly and we could finish everything in 3 hours. For the editing, we got sound samples from https://freesound.org/. We also used our own voice recordings for the conversation between Papa tomato and his kids.

And the result!