learning the ropes

things I made at ITP and after: sketches, prototypes, and other documentation

Monday, October 17, 2011


MagnetoPots from SpectraSymbol

posted by Michael at 6:41 pm  

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Maker Faire New York

See me at Maker Faire!

I received word that 4MP (a reincarnation of my rope&pulley system) has been accepted for exhibition at Maker Faire New York.  Come out and join me for some improvised dance music.

posted by Michael at 5:50 pm  

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Overheard Catalog

Cover of "Overheard" Catalog
[download .pdf]

The catalog of the Overheard Installation is complete and available for purchase.  It is a great feeling to have an artifact of an experience to hold in your hand– something that is a tangible reminder of hard work and good results.

The team at Calit2 did a lovely job in producing it.

posted by Michael at 8:24 am  

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


An interview done by Alex Matthews at Calit2:

posted by Michael at 11:13 pm  

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 1 at gallery@calit2 (UCSD)

Today was the first day of setup for “Overheard” at gallery@calit2 at the University of California – San Diego.

Our load-in went smoothly and by the end of the day, we had all of the technical elements in place: conversations loaded on 20 LCD panels, custom software driving a continuous images spanning across 3 projectors, 2 rope&pulley units installed, and custom software driving 6 channels of simultaneous audio.

Tomorrow we will begin by taking the time to observe the combination of the technical elements with the content in the gallery space and from there, decide how to shape those elements.

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I’m feeling good.  Wendy is feeling good.  Many thanks to fine staff at the gallery for all of their assistance in getting us up and running.

posted by Michael at 2:13 am  

Saturday, December 19, 2009

just In Case

We’re getting close.  Overheard opens on Jan. 15, 2010 at gallery@calit2.

Most of the prototyping work I do is “non-precious,” and for some time I felt like the rope&pulley assemblies belonged in this category.  Once we started sorting out the details of how to get our equipment to the gallery for installation, I realized that these pieces I have fabricated, while still prototypes in many ways, no longer qualify as “non-precious.”  Now that they will take part in a public art installation, I must treat them as valuable.  They have to arrive at the gallery site in January in working order and need to return to me in March in the same condition, so I’m packing accordingly.

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I’ve built LCDs and computers into rugged equipment cases for clients in the past, but this is the first time I’m preparing to ship something I made across the country.

posted by Michael at 12:16 am  

Saturday, December 5, 2009

poster/flyer sketch


posted by wendy at 8:39 pm  

Saturday, December 5, 2009

wall sketches

30ft wall

posted by wendy at 8:34 pm  

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sofie’s sketches for coffee cups



posted by wendy at 8:42 pm  

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

“Overheard” demonstration

On Saturday, October 24, Wendy and I demonstrated some of the elements of the “Overheard” installation to a small group in order to articulate our current ideas and obtain feedback.

We demonstrated typographic projections, sound elements (recorded conversations), and physical interaction with typography using the rope&pulley.

We are reflecting on the observations we made during demonstration and are incorporating them into the next phase of development.

The Digital Performance Institute lent us two video projectors for the demonstration.

posted by Michael at 11:10 am  
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