Timeseed Project Progress:
1) I have had a meeting with the head of ceramics at nyu and they were very helpful and will allow me to fire my coins.
2) I have investigated private ceramics studios and may join one in a month, in order to gain a diversity in coinage.
3) I have created three new distinct coin faces that I am excited about:
I also finished “solar order”
4) I have ordered a palmgren 1/2 tonne arbor press, in order to apply a massive amount of pressure to the clay. My hope is that this has the dual benefits of both insuring a high fidelity pressing, as well as maximizing the coin density.
5) I have researched and fully understand the rules for sending packages to us servicemen. The good news is that it only takes maximum of two weeks for a package to go from the east coast to Afghanistan.
1) I have yet i.d. my academic and celebrity, adventurer dispersors.
2) I have not had a chance to talk to clay in depth.
3) My experiences in 3D modeling programs have been fruitless todate.
4) I have serious concerns about the 3D mold idea after my talk with a ceramics professor. I will probably create positive coin faces as well as negative 3D molds. Another alternative is to send the design out to a fabricator to be milled from copper or a special type of low drag plastic.
In a collaboration between myself and Robbie Tilton,
we used the Gametrak3D controller and Unity3D in order to simulate a natural world with time dilation controlled by user input. In this project, Robbie was Paul McCartney and I played the Role of John Lennon.
“Man needs to adapt to the landscape and to other beings, animals and human groups. And to communicate. To communicate by inscribing memories on specific, odd things like walls, pieces of wood…The invention of the figurative representation of animals, of man, of things is a way for humans to communicate with the future. A way of evoking the past and transmitting information by means better than language. Signs instead of oral communication. This invention still holds in our world today.”
Dr. Jean Michel Geneste Curator of the Lascaux cave and director of the French National Centre for Prehistory. (From the film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”)
I was asked to clarify my thesis concept the “Time Seed Project” in order to fully convey my motivation for this proposal. I made a fundamental error when presenting my thesis, I tried to presuppose what the reviewers would want to read and as such self-censored a critical motivating factor behind the project. Perhaps the prime reason for it’s existence. It is true that I do fear for the future of man, my personal idol Carl Sagan lamented that most advanced civilizations “might take billions of years of tortuous evolution to arise and then snuff themselves out in an instant of unforgivable neglect”.
Just as a coin has two sides, this project does as well. The first facet is the aforementioned concern. The second is far more intimate. I am by nature a skeptical agnostic. This has lead me to a deep contemplation of the possibility that this is the only life that I may get to live. I am driven by the unjust nature of this possibility. So much of what we do is temporary. Even monumental artistic works like the steel forms of Richard Serra will not endure for more than a few generations if not maintained. I have become, for lack of a better word, obsessed, with my own legacy.
We will very probably be defined by our distant descendants in the same way that we have defined our ancestors. Our envoy to the future, more likely than not, will be our garbage. I refuse to be solely defined by the waste of a wasteful generation. Although it would be impossible to communicate any overly detailed message on my chosen medium in a way that did not presume the use of an existing written language, I can emote my values and character through the form and content of these objects. One side of this object is dedicated to me. Is a memorial to me and my values. The idea that someone an epoch from now, could perhaps glean truth from one of my objects, and contemplate my existence gives succor to the hunger generated by the idea of eventual non-being.
Nyan Cat Incident (video)
This is a brief video demonstrating my midterm sequencer
It utilizes the gameTrak3D controller (for the original xbox) wired into an arduino that is relaying analog channels via serial into a sequencing patch in Max/MSP 6.
Z movement controls the tempo and X and Y control frequency modulation and Modulation depth respectively.
I only utilized half of the gameTrak’s capabilities and would like to add a video control element to it.
Napoleon and Jackson (video)