🏝 I’m back from Peru and from a few blissful days of being mostly offline. 🏝
wow it was nice! but by the end I was so inspired that I was imagining a new hardware project, and mentally making a list of parts to order while gazing into the sunset….
Adafruit has been continuing their annual tradition of daily posts for Black History Month. you can check out the archive of this and past years’ posts here. they recently featured my hometown hero, scientist and activist Benjamin Banneker. if you went to public school in Baltimore in the 90s you probably heard the story of his homemade wooden clock (maybe the first clock built in America!) as the original DIY hardware project. it was hand-carved and worked for over 50 years! he had only ever seen a sundial and a pocket watch in his life and made all his own calculations! I can’t get my hardware projects to survive for more than a year or two of intermittent use and I have the luxuries of buying all the important parts on Adafruit and using an internet full of tutorials, lol. here’s a bunch more fun facts on Banneker.
here’s a good collection of resources for developers that goes beyond the usual language-oriented lists. mockup tools, responsiveness tests, free vector art and more! a lot of these are on my personal roster of regular tools for work and fun.
if you’re looking to math up your February, designer Nicholas Rougeux has created an interactive version of Euclid’s Elements. you can read more about the project on Hyperallergic. it’s an interesting exploration of mathematics and design history and worth a peek!
do you want even more interactive math? plus some astronomy?? of course you do. here’s a lovely project on how to use trigonometry to calculate the phases of the moon by Amy Wibowo.
I’m always interested by the opportunity to hack fringe-y consumer hardware for artistic purposes, but it’s often too pricey for me to risk a purchase just to fart around in the studio alone. Art-a-Hack is a great opportunity for artists to explore and exploit devices like the Muse EEG brainwave headset as in this project from the 2018 showcase. if you’re in NYC and want to get some hands-on experience with new tech, the associated Volumetric Society has a meetup just about every Wednesday!
aaaaaand Artspace has a nice piece up on Cyberfeminists of 90’s Net Art if you need some radical inspiration this week. if the image above doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will.
📅 upcoming events!
Thursday February 21! Grey Area! San Francisco, CA USA: Grey Area is hosting a casual mixer for artists and technologists working in Immersive Design tomorrow night. you can drop in between 6 and 9 for drinks, good music, and good company while meeting other people interested in creating experiential spaces. plus there will be demos! this event is free with RSVP. I’m gonna try and drop by this one after work tomorrow, so please say hi if you’re around!
Thursday February 28! Supplyframe, San Francisco, CA USA: Hardware Developers Didactic Galactic is back for February with a night focused on design for manufacturing with talks from Natasha Baker and Kerry Scharfglass. after the talks there will also be demos, socializing, and community announcements. last month’s was super fun, so I’m hoping to personally drop by this month’s event as well if you want to meet me IRL! you can RSVP on Meetup.
now thru March 2019! And/Or Gallery! Pasadena, CA USA: And/Or’s current exhibition, Video Game Art 1970-2005, has been extended until March 2019. it includes work by Cory Arcangel, Myfanwy Ashmore, John Horton Conway, JODI, Joan Leandre, David Maynard, Penne and Teller, and Michael Smith as well as rare games on loan from the Supercade collection. looks worth checking out if you’re in the area!
just for lulz!
Catacomb WebGL is a rebuild of Catacomb 3-D made using, you guessed it, WebGL. why not! you can play here.
as always, submit to the open artist call if you have anything in the works that you are excited about! and if you have an event or opportunity to promote (anywhere), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of February 25 to March 3, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.