An installation in Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland where a variety of traditional Chinese instruments and chimes are controlled robotically in response to people and plants. The sounds produced by this are incredibly beautiful, watching the video of the installationis highly recommended. Built using Arduino, the installation reacts to the presence of humans and changes in the soil … [Read more…]
This is the TV-B-Gone—it is a single-purpose universal remote that is used to shut off a large variety of televisions. You can see a video of it in action. It’s open-source, so it’s fairly easy to build using the instructions included on Ladyada’s website. I was thinking about combining that with the Turn-Signal Biking Jacket project we looked at last week. … [Read more…]
I found a little blurb that the Nashville Tennessee government put on their website about storm drain stencils…
Using the bursts of exhaust air coming from subways in New York, artist Joshua Allen Harris combines plastic bags and tape to create these inflatable sculptures that rise and die with the constant passing of subway trains. The use of existing conditions and materials to create something so great is incredible. You can watch a number of … [Read more…]
Visualizations have the potential to be incredibly powerful, helping us to understand issues and see potentially hidden connections between things. Bruce Sterling wrote as part of his Viridian Design Principles, that one should try to “make the invisible visible.” Amateur Human is a group and/or single individual artist/designer who is making a variety of accessories to help to visualize and … [Read more…]
Interesting idea using UV Spray Paint (sunblock) to draw in migrating monarch butterflies to eat some milkweed nectar on their way over major cities. The image above is a screenshot from one of the videos, the flower is the graffiti that becomes coated in sunblock and acts as a “fast-food sign on a highway” for monarchs. … [Read more…]
The “Image Fulgurator” by Berlin-based artist Julius von Bismarck senses if a camera’s flash goes off and synchronizes a projection on the object being photographed at the same time. You have to see the video, wait until the end. [via] & [via]
Welcome to Broken City Lab. This website will exist as an ongoing discussion, brainstorm, collection of links, photos, video, ideas, and a record of our activities and endeavours. I saw this on one of the lockers in LeBel, seemed appropriate to keep track of it.