andreas schlegel, resonate 2014

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A presentation that walks the viewer through 2 art projects. In each projects data is collected from an environment, both environments are very different from each other. Mongolia with its wide steppes and rural areas and the very dense and highly developed city-state Singapore. Both projects make use of diy instruments and techniques to collect data which is then translated into artifacts using custom built software and hardware. the final outcomes are then exhibited and presented in public and semi public spaces. Both projects promote process over outcome, environmental consciousness, investigations driven by personal interest and motivation, alternative approaches to institutionalised methods of sensing an environment, enabling discourse and inspiration across disciplines, practice of citizen science, empowerment through coding. Presented in April 2014 at the resonate.io festival in Belgrade, Serbia.

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  • 1. Explorations.The Physical.The Digital.Andreas SchlegelLASALLE College of the Artswww.sojamo.dewww.syntfarm.orgResonate 2014Belgrade, Serbia

2. Syntboutique, by syntfarm, 2008.Urban Explorations, 2012. 3. SyntfarmMongolia, 2008SyntboutiqueOur mission was to find objects that are of greatimportance for people living independently frominformation technologies, electrical energy andconsumerism. 4. SyntfarmMongolia, 2008SyntboutiqueOur mission was to find objects that are of greatimportance for people living independently frominformation technologies, electrical energy andconsumerism. 5. PhysicalInputDigitalProcessPhysicalOutputto capture physical objectsusing a camerato transform found objectsthrough custom-built softwareto fabricate synthetic artifactswhich are presented assouvenirs 6. Custom fiveangles capturingtechnique 7. Computed point cloudof horse head 8. Mesh rendering ofhorse head 9. 3D printed objectsadditive printing processusing vero white resin 10. The UrbanExplorationsProject 11. The Urban Explorations project stems from an interest indocumenting various phenomena of the urban landscape.The ideas for the Urban Explorations Project are driven by theconcept of urban sensing where individuals analyze the environmentthey live in through various strategies and instruments which canrange from personal observations, taking samples of theenvironment, measuring and comparing different environmentalcharacteristics.Rather than looking at the city through data captured by highlytechnological sensor systems, we wanted to explore the city throughour custom-built tools.Our motivation was driven by playfulness, naivety, and curiosity. 12. Next I will walk you through the following steps of the project Brainstorming and idea development Building tools to sample and capture data using open sourcetechnologies and low cost materials Field trips Evaluation and translation of samples and data + production Exhibition Community engagement Reflection Team: 8 explorers, local-to-foreigner-ratio 3:1 Duration: 4 months including ideation, development, field trips,exhibition design, roving exhibition 13. One of the basic situationist practices is the derive, atechnique of rapid passage through varied ambiences.Derives involve playful-constructive behavior and awarenessof psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite differentfrom the classic notions of journey or stroll.!Theory of the Derive (Debord). 1958. Theory of the Derive (Debord). ![ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/2.derive.htm. [Accessed 22 January 2014].!! 14. Building tools to sample and capture data using open sourcetechnologies and low cost materialsWith a low-tech driven approach in collecting data rather thanmaking use of digitally available big data sets to make sense of theurban environment, we were required to conceptualize and designour own methods and strategies to collect and categorize data. 15. Field tripsA number of field trips across Singapore were conducted to collectsmall but diverse data sets. These include samples taken from areas ofreclaimed land, 3 types of temperature samples including body-,environment-, and perceived-temperature, a set of smell samplesinspired by the Hennigs Odour system, or a table of location basedcolor-codes captured and processed by a mobile phone. 16. Some images from the field trips 17. Some images from the field trips 18. Some images from the field trips 19. Some images from the field trips 20. Some images from the field trips 21. Some images from the field trips 22. Some images from the field trips 23. Some images from the field trips 24. Some images from the field trips 25. Some images from the field trips 26. Some images from the field trips 27. Some images from the field trips 28. Some images from the field trips 29. Some images from the field trips 30. Some images from the field trips 31. Some images from the field trips 32. Some images from the field trips 33. Some images from the field trips 34. Some images from the field trips 35. Some images from the field trips 36. Some images from the field trips 37. Some images from the field trips 38. Some images from the field trips 39. Some images from the field trips 40. Evaluation and translation of samples and dataAll collected samples and data are translated into static or dynamicartefacts using traditional methods including prints or paintings andnew techniques such as computational design or digitalfabrication. 41. Communityengagement 42. Why is this project and the methods used within this project relevant? Process vs. Outcome Environmental consciousness Investigations driven by personal interests and motivation Alternative approaches to institutionalized methods of sensing anenvironment Enable discourse and inspiration across disciplines Practice of citizen science Empowerment 43. Andreas Schlegelandi@sojamo.de@sojamowww.sojamo.dewww.syntfarm.orgInteractive.lasalle.edu.sg/medialab