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mini robots dance to thriller…

…happened upon this at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh…part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival…a formation dancing troupe of mini robots…enough said…oh and please forgive the poor quality of film, i was camera-less and had to use my phone. Check out how they sit down at the end of the first clip, it’s weirdly human…

3D photocopied people…

So in a temporary pod like structure in Milan’s Piazzo Duomo i found a few things, i already blogged about the robot who draws portraits from life, see here. Also there were these strange little figures, at first i walked right past them, then i realised how freakishly real they seemed:

Personal Factory Room by Karin Sander

A person is scanned with a 3D whitelight scanner and built in plaster with a 3D printer in grey tones. The colour data as well as the colour of the form of the scan are transformed into SDL files for an inkjet printer, which 3 dimensionally builds the figure in colour, according to the whitelight scan like a black and white photograph. The colour of the figure is not applied to the body surface afterwards; the colour info is part of the data of the bodyscan and therefore par of the building process. One could call it 3D black and white photography or 3D colour printing…

Also at the same location in the Second Nature Room – works that through bio and biotech principles propose other natures: Shroud, 2010 sculpture in grass, jute and wood made by Ackroyd & Harvey.

Its huge actually, at least four metres high, and its kind of repellent in the way it drapes, like animal fur…i guess that’s the point, nature, manipulation, inappropriateness…anyway it caught my attention.

Other posts from this and previous Salones

les danseuses

burning down the house


top notch people watching

bring on the dancing horses

salone spaces


future artist

salone di milano




salones past2

salones past

change is inevitable…

Going to blog about this a bit on my UNIDEE blog but wanted talk about it here too…

I have learned not to compare one UNDEE residence with another, there is no point, they are always going to be different. HOWEVER lets talk about night time and the changing uses of spaces…

In my year as a resident in 2004, there was as yet no WIFI, and definitely no internet in our bedrooms, just in the UNIDEE space itself, so this space really became our home. We stayed there late into the night every night…, to talk to friends on-line, to surf the net, to work…because of this almost 24/7 kind of occupation, we became a kind of a tribe. I even remember one resident who used to hang up his washing to dry between the columns…others furtively looked at porn on the communal PCs (it was not so common to have your own laptop then…)…people played music…people complained about people paying music too loud (apparently i played too much Wilco…!) and it was in these collective moments that friendships were cemented, collaborations began…romances…and also big fights and arguments about stupid things (like whether or not to have the lights switched on or not!!)…but always a very strong collective experience. Later on in the years, WIFI arrived in all the rooms, and with that came the possibility to disappear off to your room to work after dinner, and with that ended the all night occupation of the UNIDEE space…”Change is inevitable” and there is nothing wrong with that…but i lament the passing of the night time occupation and i wonder despite the fact that i fully embrace technology, especially in my work,  what will be the next thing to change with all these technological advances that we now come to expect…