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It was also easier to mix with the silicone!

Conductive Silicone 0.2

Based on the comment from Stephanie S on Google+, I have tried to work on another experiment with Graphite Powder.

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So here was what I did:

During the mixing, there were some bubbles of “industrial” colour appeared… But the graphite powder are easier to mix with silicone in general (compared with the electrical paint)
2015-12-07 13.45.29And here’s the result:

So the result was… graphite powder + silicone = zero conductivity…

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Conductive Silicone 0.1

As The Brush 0.2 suggested, I will be conducting experiments to work on a conductive silicone for any shape that I would like to create. With the recommendation by Martin Debie, a part-time faculty at Parsons Paris, to use Encapso K (a clear silicone) to mix with Bare Conductive (an electric paint).

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The Brush 0.2

After the first prototype of The Brush, I have redesigned it so that the case would be conductive (steel, aluminium, etc.) with a paper cover on top of it. The paper cover will have a few circular holes to indicate where users should put their fingers when holding a Chinese brush.

The proper way to hold a Chinese brush:
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The Brush 0.1

For part of my thesis project at Parsons MFA DT, I am trying to create a retractable pen (“Click” pen) with the shape of a Chinese brush tip, which I name as The Brush.

The idea came from The Pen by the Cooper Hewitt Museum, that was launched in early 2015. Both The Brush and The Pen share a common value: as a token for users to access more knowledge of the objects in a museum (and in my scenario, an exhibition I curate and design for my thesis).

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Ways To Be Secret

Prior my weekend spending in London, with the curiosity about Edward Snowden after watching Citizen Four, I paid a visit to V&A Museum for their exhibition questioning the ownership and right of our of data and privacy.

The location of exhibition is as secret as the exhibition itself. My friend and I had to take an elevator to the 3rd floor, and look for room 76.

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Collisionneur

As one of the assignment for my museum collab class, I have to visit the Palais de la découverte and investigate on their digital tools and my experience with them.

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I was wandering on their ground floor randomly, taking note of the QR code sticking around the museum (with instructions in French where I was figuring out how to engage with the experience they try to portray), a big red hoarding attracted me.

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Ahhh so it was an exhibition about Physics. particles… hmmm…

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Stalk Thy Stalker

As per request of my friend, whom would like to know if the ex-girlfriend of her boyfriend has been stalking her, I told her there is a way to check the most recent people whom has viewed her Facebook profile.

It is very easy:
1) Go to your Facebook profile page.
2) Right click and select “View Page Source”
3) Search “IntitialChatFriendsList”, there would be an (array) list of Facebook IDs indicating your recent Facebook profile viewers.
4) Copy the digits, and paste them after “http://www.facebook.com/” without the last 2 digits
eg. “http://www.facebook.com/12345678”
5) Then you would be able to see the Facebook profile page of that person/friend!

However, my friend finds it clumsy and annoying (which I agree) to paste them one by one, provided the list could be 100+ long! That’s when my coding skill kicked in!

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Editathon #ArtAndFeminism

I am very honoured and happy to be a digital media gallery intern at Fondation Galerie Lafayette in Paris. It is the first multi-disciplinary centre in France and they curate work based on the production of the artists or designers. Sounds cool right? Yes c’est super!

Today is the launch of the first official event of Fondation Galerie Lafayette, it is a two-day Wikipedia Editathon based on #ArtAndFeminism – A publication on Wikipedia marathon for women, feminism and culture, hosted by Lafayette Anticipation in Paris. So Lafayette Anticipation has prepared a list of feminist art related subjects for us to either create or edit, or even for translation.
It was my first time to actually be an editor on Wikipedia and the first thing I did was – Added “French Women Artist” as a category under Feminist Art english page :)))
The second thing I did was added a picture of Suzanne Duchamp and a personData box on her english page. The third thing I did was correcting a typo on the event’s english page 😛 And the final thing I did was adding introduction of Èlisabeth Ballet’s work on her english page.

I did not work on much about the idea of feminism but minor blobs because I do not hold a strong view on what is feminism. However, this editathon allow me to code in Wikipedia and it was an interesting experience on their algorithm and syntax. Even uploading an image would need a long process (ie. picture has to be uploaded to WikiCommons) before it could be shown on Wikipedia so that it could serve as a platform of reliable source. Moreover, I also learnt to use Wikimetrics as a Wiki API to parse editors edit data for further idea development.

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YELLOWSOOTHIE 2.0

My Pi hates me Part 2.

So I had openFrameworks working on my Pi before.
But all of a sudden, it doesn’t like me and stopped working.

I tried to re-install it for a day.
After realising I have been an idiot as a fresh Linux user.
So for Linux idiot like me, the installation process suggested on oF website is actually as followed:

1) Uncompress the file to:
home/pi/openFrameworks

OR

2) Do sudo code on Terminal:

  • cd
  • curl -O http://www.openframeworks.cc/versions/v0.8.4/of_v0.8.4_linuxarmv6l_release.tar.gz
  • mkdir openFrameworks
  • tar vxfz of_v0.8.4_linuxarmv6l_release.tar.gz -C openFrameworks --strip-components 1

Apparently I tried both methods so it would never work for me.
After I figured that out with my major studio tutor, Sven, I realised I have to connect my lapdock with wifi in order to complete the installation.

Then I tried 3 different pis with 3 different wifi USBs but none of them could ever recognise any wifi connections… and so I turned to an easier method at last by simply attaching openFrameworks with a microphone USB and bluetooth speaker.

DUH oF with Pi.

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YELLOWSOOTHIE 1.0

So now my voice changer works, but I want to do a voice changer with another medium: OpenFrameworks with Raspberry Pi.

After spending hours googling possible ways to do it, I found a pitch detection wrote by Yonas on oF forum which runs exactly how I want to. Trying to understand the code, I realised it is written in old oF functions which there is no documentation on it. (Ok, so I’m still working on it)

Since I wanted to use Raspberry Pi with oF, I have been spending more days on Pi. It hasn’t been a smooth path with this love-hate relationship from my Pi.

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