art-residency

interactivos? 2013 resume

you know.. good things always reach a end.. this were 2 amazing weeks were we came to make one thing and finished making 4 :)

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for the ones who never printed on a 3D printer and think it seems so easy, you have no idea.. and the press have talk and talk but rarely puts the hands on a printer. ars has the most honest press cover I’ve saw. so let’s start from the beginning. we came here to make a low power faucet that could be printed. after some initial research we found many models on thingiverse that could be adapted to our needs. we give up the designs that flows water inside cause it’s impossible to have precise measures on a 3D printed object and then impossible to water seal any mechanism so we went to another approach: let’s print a mechanism that can close and open a real faucet. with this approach we could implement the watering system on virtually any faucet. we also saw that printing gears was delicate and that means we need to print big gears to compensate the small errors. in the meantime with so many starts and stops on the 3D printer other projects popped from those 20 amazing brains that eat, work, drink, laugh and slipped together for 16 days. the first that came was the mini hydraulic ram. the idea came from elflin and it’s a recurring problem in our designer’s heads: how to pump water from the bathtub to the toilet on a old bathroom? we produce many hand draws but we didn’t finished a complete 3D model only the mini water valves. magrão documented the process here on the nuvem’s wiki

one day a new 3D printer came. we didn’t had place for her so we built a table :) this was our project #3

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we also debate and advanced a bit more on the electronic board “mini vacations” with thiago. in a couple of weeks we’ll send them to the press. 3 packs: one to barcelona, one to san francisco and other to rio de janeiro. surian will get the boards in rio so if you what one ask him :) surian was also involved on the next project the #5: monitoring of the composter built by joaquim. surian documented everything here.

well “galera” (bruno, chintia, julia) I think it was the best and the most immerse interactivos? that I ever have been.. I’m sure that medialab_prado is proud of you and how you worked the open model of interactivos workshops ;) congratulations!!

I will not mention my collaborators mainly because everyone collaborate with all the projects. I made new friends, laugh all the time, spend a great time surrounded with exuberant nature and brilliant humans ;)

we will continue our development on the 3D printed e-faucet and the other projects. expect more news soon.

stay happy, people in RJ can teach you that ;)

interactivos update

do no were to start :) maybe for the morning face washing on the river that flows on nuvem..

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then the breakfast

morning-breakfast morning meeting

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and here a visual resume of the last days.

this is the faucet that we need to control:

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we have started from designing valves that can be made in 3D print

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then we design a mechanism that can be adapted to the faucet. this one is moved by a servo motor.

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and then we printed :)

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we will continue this development for the next 9 days. you can check the wiki of nuvem for a day by day report. more news soon ;)

 

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uau!! 2 lines that made us jump of joy :) so next september you will find us in brasil developing a electronic faucet/valve that can be made in a 3D printer. here you can see our proposal.

I’ll keep you posted on the developments here on the blog and on the wiki. please if you want to contribute feel free. the e-valve is a complex project so every help is welcome ;)

nas nuvens

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creio que é o primeiro post que escrevo em português :) ontem apresentámos a nossa proposta para uma residência artística na nuvem.tk a ideia era formalizar a nossa colaboração com a UFRRJ no desenvolvimento do sistema de rega de baixo custo, conhecer a nuvem e poder contribuir para um projecto que busca uma harmonia entre humanos e biosfera e obviamente hihihi poder voltar a participar num interactivos! trabalhar com gente nova e que sabe mais de “outras coisas” :) a nossa proposta é por um lado ligar o sistema de rega a uma placa de refarm para que possamos recolher dados e enviar-los aos nossos servidores e por outro lado desenvolver componentes específicos (uma torneira) de codigo aberto.

olhando para o sistema UFRRJ há 3 componentes que são difíceis de encontrar globalmente ou que diferem radicalmente de cidade em cidade. outros não :) por exemplo o presostato é um componente global. em todas as cidades que fomos sempre encontrámos máquinas de lavar a roupa donde era possível retirar o presostato e de regular os mecanismos internos para que funcione com a pressão requerida 1KPa. no caso da electro-valvula/torneira/mecanismo-de-fechar-um-circuito-de-agua não conseguimos encontrar uma fonte regular deste componente nas cidades. primeiro porque genética de refarm: como fazemos oficinas não trabalhamos com altas voltagens e as valvulas que mais encontramos são as das maquinas de lavar roupa/louça. estas são todas a 110-220V ac. a voltagem comportável para trabalhar com todas as idades é entre 3-5V dc.

segundo porque não encontramos frequentemente electro-valvulas de baixa voltagem.. há umas numas impressoras profissionais, outras numas máquinas de café, outras na nautica, mas não é um componente comum a nivel global. esta é a nossa proposta concreta para a nuvem, desenvolver uma “e-torneira” para ser reproduzida localmente com uma impressora 3D.

o outro componente intrigante é o sensor de cerâmica. este componente tem muitos desafios pela frente antes de chegar a ser um objecto que possa ser reproduzido segundo as matérias primas disponíveis nas cidades.

só 5 propostas serão aceites, cruzem dedos :)

kitchen farm

we need a small farm to be a demo on our workshop. andreas design this one and we built in one night hehehe we call it kitchen farm. it’s indoor and contains those plants that you like to have fresh when cook, like parsley or fresh tomatoes ;)

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troc vert

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just went today with shu lea and malik to this troc vert (green exchange) from seeds to plans filled with stories that make you.. smile, we found very nice people but we lacked specific info.. so much uncertainty on this exchange. this must leed us to a diferent strategy and give some light to our gold question “how do we have ww vegetable database?”

la graine et le compost

Transformer Paris grâce à l’agriculture urbaine ? Entre démarche écologique et poétique, deux collectifs d’artistes proposent aux parisiens stressés de prendre le temps de cultiver leur propre jardin.
Les collectifs d’artistes Refarm the city et Greenrush s’inspirent de la réalité parisienne en matière de déchets biodégradables et d’alimentation à l’échelle domestique : ils imaginent un écosystème mobile d’échange de graines et de compost, basé sur des rencontres et sur une interface smartphone géolocalisée. Dans des distributeurs publics, on achète des paquets de semences à la place des habituelles friandises. Les détails de leurs origines, croissance & usages apparaissent sur cette interface.
La mise en place d’un tel système à large échelle suppose un engagement des Parisiens amoureux de la nature. Les graines plantées portent les germes de notre croissance future !
Agriculture urbaine hors sol, production d’aliments à l’échelle domestique, collecte de déchets verts, échanges de graines et de conseils et fabrication d’équipements d’irrigation automatique sont au programme…

Refarm the city (Barcelone) propose des outils pratiques, logiciels gratuits & matériels pour aider les citoyens responsables
à développer des « fermes urbaines » ; en apportant la diversité et la complexité des rythmes de la nature en ville ; en créant des réseaux sociaux dédiés, des logiciels et des instruments utiles à la production, à la diffusion et la consommation des produits cultivés localement.

Green RushPARIS est une initiative basée sur le partage et les rencontres qui invite artistes, fermiers, urbanistes, provocateurs, amoureux et détracteurs du vert, à mettre à plat le « Green Business ».
www.greenrush.net

“Exploration créative des technologies”

Rencontres dans la ville –  13 mai > 20 mai.
À l’occasion de rencontres dans des fermes urbaines et lieux culturels, apportez vos déchets bio pour alimenter un compost et troquez les contre des graines !
• le 13 mai – 11h > 13h – jardin de Santerre jardinsanterre.blogspot.fr
• le 16 mai – 18h > 20h – petit bain www.petitbain.org
• le 20 mai – 17h > 20h – sors de terre association www.sorsdeterre.blogspot.com
• informations : graineetcompost@gaite-lyrique.net

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Refarm the city and GREEN RUSH together, they propose a Paris site-specific joint residency to develop a mobile seed|compost exchange ecosystem based on face to face social network and smart phone geolocation interface for a territorial expansion of that network. Seed packets replace tobacco packs of the self-dispensing tobacco machines found at high human traffic spots. Dispensing machines converting Euros in Food guaranties. When exchange social gatherings are hold Food scrapes and leftovers replace Euro as trading currency for seeds. Seeds deposited and distributed are tracked with a web interface – their origin, growth and usage (recipe). Compost collected are documented – from local restaurants, breadshops and the urbanites. A self-devised compost deposit and collecting system calls for participation of the eco-loving Parisians! Seeds planted held together our collective dreams for growth. Open source compost is sexy with worms in action. The end-of-residency performance brings together worm noise, seed germination, food sharing into a storming love affairs between la Graine et le Compost.

 

 

next stop paris :)

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here we go again :) the next 3 weeks I’ll be in paris with andreu, andreas, shu lea (greenrush), samuel and fransini working on the project la graine et le compost.

we will try to build together software and hardware tools that can we bring local seeds to urban farmers and promoting compost and social exchange. as usual, if you are in paris pay us a visit and we will find a way for you to contribute. leave here some screenshots of the software development until now.

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refarm@vienna

let’s change the climate profile :) here we go to vienna for one month invited to built some refarm tools and activated them on the festival. for that we need to built a team :p need programers, designers, illustrators, writers, social sciences and one chef :p

get more on this at vienna[at]refarmthecity[dot]org

back home

after 3 months in ny is time to go home and prepare for the winter.

in ny I meet people very committed with finding a sustainable path and I’ve found a city were organic is trendy :) but also great work was done in this project. check out the posts of basak, andrew and the collective farms of andes and old stone house. we also had some hardware planned that didn’t came out: the new boards refarm on eyes, batteries on and refarm with sun. the programmers to develop the software tools didn’t show up to our open call at eyebeam so we have some tools that still don’t saw their daylight. like this “what to seed tool”

the truth is that my objective of making this tool universal has become obviously insane by the amount of datasets, their different protocols, availability and of course by the characteristics of our planet and your reality. for example, to determine if a vegetable is suitable for you, I must know you, your local conditions, weather, climate, seeds available, and were do you find all this resources near you. then connect this to your physical conditions, your dietary choices, plant characteristics, their life cycle and your budget ;)

so we need to changed the strategy and focus in one small set and then adapt step by step to other cities.

the winter is perfect for this kind of job were 90% is research and the other 10% is fun :)

stay in touch and if you by casuality are in madrid 4th-5th november, I’ll be a speaker at ‘Prototyping Cultures‘ at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

potatoes box

hi :) this is a prototype of a potato box to grow potatoes in the city.

this idea came from an invitation from derek to the eyebeam residents to participate in Farm City: Where Are You Growing? A Celebration of Urban Agriculture!

Derek Denckla, editor of thegreenest.netand founder of FarmCity.US, has curated a three weekend program series for the French Institute Alliance Francais (FI:AFCrossing the Line Festival.

Over three weekends, Farm City celebrates Urban Agriculture and explores the possibilities of a new agrarian future within the current urban reality.

for now here is some pictures from the concept to the farm. during the next months we will be adding rings with soil leading the plants to a constant reach for light and you can see here how the farm is doing by visualizing her temperature, light exposure and moisture from the 4 sensors. this farm is going to produce potatoes for the new’s year dinner :)

andes composter

with a structure inspired by nature the idea was to make a huge composter or aka the worm palace:)

build with local harvested materials and equiped with a refarm on vacations board with 4 sensors of temperature (3 inside, 1 out side) connected to the house by radio and uploading data to our servers.

this has a community build project by the refarm group ny  and all the andes sprout society has participate :) 6 days of very relaxing labor lead to this

now we just need to wire this and start to get data in the server.

the nycR re:farm group will go upstate this weekend again, we will have a worm party and , you are more than welcomed to come, just bring some food to the worms ;)

human seeds

a new re:farm group has just started :D

after a workshop of 2 weekends, one in brooklyn

and another at andes

this new group of new friends will now meet every week at the nycResistor. follow their official blog or if you live in ny you are more than welcome to join the team.

thank you all to participate on the workshop and tks nycR to give a home to our project ;)

waste or food

by traveling from city to city I find different sources of the stuff I need, different ways to get to them and big differences on how its each city manage the inputs and outputs of resources. one of the outputs that we have been very concerned here on re:farm is the organic material that a city produce and it’s mostly wasted in big cities. more than wasted, is being mixed with paper, plastics or glass making the “eventualy” recycling process even more painfully. all the organic material produced by our kitchen, restaurants, markets and their super relatives are the raw material for your first step into farming.

you need to get good soil and cheap and this is very easy and simple: our organic waste is food for worms and their waste is food for our vegetables. with this in mind we are gonna setup this new mega composter at Andes and monitor the life of the worms and friends.

the winter is coming so we don’t expect a big grow in the worms population. as everything in nature this will take time. we will follow the live of this object and also see how the materials applied evolve. I’ve design a house for worms with places for them to rest, feed and live. a hexagonal frame?! why not? inspired by nature and a link to the global ecological disaster that is happen right now in the bees superfamily and with their unique position in our live cycle. hard days for our vegetables and belies will come without the bees ;( follow the evolution of this project on this dedicated page

books

20kg max luggage on the airport. I’ve brought 16kg. I assume that I’ll get some extra stuff with me. what I really didn’t want to fly back are books that I have at home. here are some of my books that I already miss ;(

waste from Tristram Stuart

cradle to cradle from William McDonough

biomimicry from Janine M. Benyus

and here are two of them that luckily I also have a pdf version. 1 kg each one

physical computing and make things talk both from tom igoe

this one I was on the reading process so I’ve brought him with me.

so if any of you have this books at home and you live near ny, bring them to eyebeam, let they live with us until 15 september and we will offer you one drink from our mentha-farm ;)

 

 

week 3, 4

planning, build team, survive.

first let’s go to the survive in ny. here are the conditions today: Scattered Thunderstorms 31º max, 23º min, Humidity 52%, sunrise 05h00 sunset 20h00. 15h of sun exposure, the plants are happy :) what they are not probably happy with is reflected on my feet. coming from brooklyn by bike at 09h00, 12.1km, all day at eyebeam, freezing (24º inside AC blasting my head) get out 7h later, bike again to brooklyn and my feet arrive with suspicious black stripes.

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planning,

this diagram has changed a lot in the last days. and it will change again sometime soon :D but I think that from it you can have an idea of what’s going on now and for the next season in terms of development.

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team,

2 heavy heights join the team, jon santiago and andrew o’malley :) and we are still looking for 3 more. one programer, one researcher and one agricultural engineer so if you are around and willing to help send me a email newyork{at}refarmthecity{dot}org

materials #8564*?!#!#*?=

last june when we discovered the tennis balls as a low budget solution to divide one input of water to many, maintain the pressure equal on any output and the cherry was that this object, since its made of rubber, the connections are always leak proof. we scream a eureka after the brain storming and went to drink some beers. the day was over and full of glory. apart of being worldwide available, its not always that you find a easy solution for a complex problem of design that can be posted on our wiki and implemented on all the refarm groups. I was very happy with this solution until I came to ny.. last week when we build the menta farm for eyebeam Basak when to get some materials: tequila, sugar, lemon, limes and tennis bals. a few days before I sent a massive email asking for old tennis bals and we got none.. apparently tennis is not so popular on our days.. so basak went to a sports store and got 3 for a dollar:) and then the disaster happen.. after cutting the tennis ball and force the tubes to enter on the holes the rubber started to crack..

no idea why.. the fact that they are new is my guess. maybe the rubber needs some tennis matches before she his ready for our farms. further tests needed on this field. now it’s time to theorise and then make new field tests :)

refarm @ ny week 2

just arrived and we had schedule a public presentation of refarm. it was during the open studios event that occurs in eyebeam every month. the public comes and speaks with the residents, fellows and interns. so we had to make an express farm mainly because we need to have something to talk about :) since talk and drinks are things that go well together the eyebeam farm is a mentha-bar. a farm for teas, mojitos and caipirinhas ;)  we built it mainly from stuff that we’ve found in the neighborhood. and what a nice neighbors we have here at eyebeam. we grab this box from one of the galleries in front of the street.

the guy told me that every week he cuts the boxes and put it out in the street to be collected by the recycling bus.

these are best-world-class-league woods used to mail art. from this you can have a small idea of the ecological impact of transporting stuff. it should worth the trip :) but before they go to recycling (whatever that is depending on the day and the city that you live) we are gonna extend this box life-cycle and make a nice box for our farm.

the scarecrow was laser cutted by our first intern with me here at eyebeam. ladies and gentleman, I present to you Basak Haznedaroglu :)
here with Steve Lambert on the lasercut-express-workshop
basak is a second year MFA design and technology student at Parsons New School for Design here in new york. she will stay with us until september and she has already start farming :)
so this are the news for now. next week more news about our workshop eyebeam<>andes.

refarm @ ny week 1

a classic. 39º of fever and here I go from barcelona to new york.

I arrived without a place to live during this 3 months. for now my friend zach lieberman let me stay some days at his house but it’s not easy to find something decent and cheap in this town..and let me say that both concepts cheap and decent here take another form :p if you know something email ASAP :D

I was very welcomed at eyebeam :) friendly people and amazing conditions for an artist develop his work. here are the laser cutters, under me the 3D printer and the large format printer. there is also a wood workshop and some electronic tools.

and a nice dutch bike :)

next stop was andes sprout society. I went by bus on a 4 hour trip. I arrived and all in the house were waiting for me to start dinner. uau, delicious!!.. it was just what I needed.. good food and great new friends.

andes is upstate new york. from there comes the water that the city drinks and washes herself. is one of those small places on earth where you can see the whole ecosystem in front of your eyes. there are millions of fire flies during the night (a sign of low air pollution) and me and jeni saw a bear. the whole food chain was there including us, humans.

this week is not over yet, tiago, maria, andreas and fransini are all in paris giving the refarm workshop @ mal au pixel festival. let’s wait from news and see some pictures of the first refarms in paris :)