36 out of 100

36% of women in the US have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at some time in their life and 13% of women in the US agree that a husband/partner is justified in beating his wife/partner under certain circumstances.

Feelings of guilt and shame (among other reasons) encourage them to remain silent and as survivors it is difficult to open up and share the experiences lived. There are many untold stories and my intention is to provide a voice in order to share some of them in an anonymous and intimate way.

The installation consist on a switchboard that contains a visualization of 100 women represented with circles, 36 of them will have jacks that will play a story when the user connects  a phone (1 story per each jack).

Initially the audio of the instructions and the narration of the data will come out of speakers connected to the computer and when the user pick up the phone, the audio will pause so that the user can plug the phone into one jack of their choice, the audio then will come out of the telephone as a way to tell the story in a more personal and individualized way. The user will be able to change the connection to another jack at any time and when they put the telephone back to its “holder”, the instructions audio will start playing again from the speakers.  

The content shared in each story might be a trigger to some users therefore I will create a content warning. The data that is being represented comes from an study made by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on 2014 about women in the US however the intention of the project is not to exclude women identifying, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals.


 p5 code

p5 code

 p5 code

p5 code

 Arduino code

Arduino code

 Arduino code

Arduino code

 Final result

Final result

 Enclosure from the inside

Enclosure from the inside

 First Sketch

First Sketch

 Audio recording and editing

Audio recording and editing

Two materials and a weird fastener

This week’s assignment was to joint two different materials by using a fastener, I decided to work with pine and with cork in order to generate a shape around a central axis.

 Materials and cuts

Materials and cuts

I started by drawing the shapes in both materials and cutting them with an utility knife in the case of the cork and with the band saw and sanding in the case of the wooden base. Y also made a hole in the middle of each one of the pieces in order to use this weird fastener that I found in the shop, which has two different levels.

 Stacking layers of cork

Stacking layers of cork

 Cutting the wooden base

Cutting the wooden base

I used the first level to screw into the wood and the second level to joint the 5 layers of cork that I have previously cut. Once they were all together I screw together the two separate levels in order to generate a concentric shape of two different materials.

 Assembly process

Assembly process

The final result is the union of two different materials by using a mechanical joint, which can be de assembled in order to take all the pieces apart and the shape is intent to simulate elements of the nature such as as flowers.

 Final result side view

Final result side view

 Final Result side view

Final Result side view

Friends Forever Animation

Friends Forever is an animation developed in After Effects and edited in Adobe Premiere in collaboration with Stefan Skripak for the Animation class at ITP | NYU.

The project started with an ideation phase in which we discussed the possibility of using the animation in order to communicate a message related to the environment, we decided to work in an underwater scene in which a jellyfish would meet a new friend (a plastic bag) that would later invade the entire ocean.

As part of the ideation process we created a storyboard in order to be able to generate the scenes.

36 out of 100 women enclosure

For this week’s assignment I decided to work on my final project for ICM/ Pcomp and build an enclosure for it, the fabrication part of the project I need to create 36 holes to embed 36 female inputs for an audio jack. I decided to build a wooden frame with tick solid wood and to laser cut the cover that would have the holes on it.

 First sketch of enclosure

First sketch of enclosure

I started by cutting 45 degree angles on my recycled wood, I measured the sides and tried to calculate very well measured angles so that I could then ensemble them as a frame.

Cutting the wooden frame

I was able to fabricate 4 pieces with 45 degrees. I developed the first test of the cover in recycled pre painted wood, however since it was bend I had to create a second piece changing the material for a flatter one so that the laser cutter would work in a better way.

 Assembly of the frame

Assembly of the frame

I ensemble the four pieces of wood together with L shape mechanical drilled joints to ensure the stability of the structure.

 L shape internal support to hold together the frame

L shape internal support to hold together the frame

 Finalized wooden frame

Finalized wooden frame

The second test of the cover was developed in the laser cutter, I edged the numbers and the circles that do not need a hole and I also included in the Illustrator file the cut of the circles for the female inputs and the holes for the screws so that I could ensemble the cover to the frame in a very robust way.

 Laser cutting second version of the top

Laser cutting second version of the top

 Drilling holes to support the top to the frame

Drilling holes to support the top to the frame

The final step consisted in putting together all the 36 female inputs for the audio jack on with the cover laser cutter piece.

 Placing the 36 inputs

Placing the 36 inputs

 Placing the 36 inputs

Placing the 36 inputs

 Final enclosure in the back

Final enclosure in the back

The final result is an enclosure that will be used for my final ICM and Pcomp project, the fabrication was made in a very robust and strong way thinking in advance about the user interaction and the manipulation that they might give to my piece. Since the audio jack will be changed from one female input to another multiple times, I needed to make sure that the structure and functionality of the piece remain good throw the entire time that it is going to be displayed to the users.

 Final enclosure design

Final enclosure design

Five imperfect necklace holders

This week’s assignment consist of repetition: Fabricating “5 of the same”. The ideation process started with a quick benchmark research of simple projects for beginners in the treatment of wood, because since the assignment was announced in the class I knew I wanted to work with that material. I also knew I wanted to create something useful and that I could hopefully give away to my friends.

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Final Project ideation | ICM and Pcomp

Concept: Physical Visualization of violence against women.

Compare two different data sets using human interaction to define the product of the digital (or physical) visualization:

  • Attitude towards violence: The percentage of women who agree that a husband/partner is justified in beating his wife/partner under certain circumstances.

  • Prevalence of violence in the lifetime: The percentage of women who have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at some time in their life.

Steps:

  • Define dataset: Data set

  • Choose a Visualization Paradigm (consider p5 vs d3 or combine both?)

  • Design a meaningful interaction between the human, the data and the 3d elements of the visualization.

 Ideation sketch

Ideation sketch

 Prevalence of violence

Prevalence of violence

 Attitude vs prevalence

Attitude vs prevalence

Normalized Cubes: Stop Motion Animation

The assignment for the first animation class was to create a 30 seconds stop motion animation. As a team we discussed about what kind of materials we wanted to use in order to tell a story and we decided to work with clay. The storyboarding process helped us to decide which narrative elements we wanted to incorporate in our piece. As part of the scenery we decided to use electronic components in order to create a city in the background and we decided to keep the people moving in the background as a metaphor of ourselves being at ITP and not letting others to influence too much on our personality.

 Scenary setup with electronic components simulating a city

Scenary setup with electronic components simulating a city

The scenery setup was crucial in order to communicate our story therefore we dedicated quite some time making it look the way we planned. It was also very important to dedicate time to setup the camera and the lights as well as the animation characters.

 Camera and scenery setup

Camera and scenery setup

A s a team we decided to take turns to take the pictures and move the elements as well as directing the whole process following our initial storyboard. Having previously defined the sequence of the movements and emotions that we needed from each character was crucial in order to keep track of the movement of the elements.

 Shutting process

Shutting process

The final result is an stop motion animation of characters made up of clay that takes place in a miniature world created with electronic components. The sound design was divided in two different components: background song and sound effects. The layering of the sounds was crucial in order to help our characters communicate their emotions.

Wearable Flashlight

For the first week of the class I received the assignment of doing a flashlight with the only two following requirements": It has to be portable and it has to create light. As soon as I heard the word “portable” I transformed it into wearable and I started doing some research on options about how to create a flashlight that could be used in order to solve an specific problem.

While doing a benchmark research I decided to focus my ideation process on creating a necklace that produced light, I found some ideas that helped me shape the product. I also created a moodboard in order to define the use cases and the look and feel of the flashlight.

 Moodboard for flashlight

Moodboard for flashlight

The next phase of the process was to define the materials to use, I wanted my flashlight to not only generate light from the “front” but only from the sides, therefore I knew Acrylic would be the better option in order to create what I was planning. I also decided to work with “layers” of acrylic to that when the LED would be on, some light would come out from the sides but not in an homogenous way, and instead it would create a line pattern.

 Ideation and sketching process

Ideation and sketching process

I decided to use a coin battery in order to be able to create a small flashlight that could be worn around the neck, this represented a huge challenge since I had to soldier all the components very close to each other. I use a toggle switch that decided to put in the bottom of the flashlight and a blue LED attached to an LED holder. I faced a lot of challenges while trying to make the light work due to the battery, since I have never worked with them before. The final process of the soldiering and testing looked like this.

 Circuit with lighted LED controlled by toggle switch.

Circuit with lighted LED controlled by toggle switch.

For the fabrication process I decided to create rings in Illustrator in order to generate a cylindric shape that would have the components inside, the button of the flashlight has a rectangular hole for inserting the toggle, also I left space for inserting a necklace from the sides and the top of the flashlight contains the light which is confined also by an internal circle piece with a hole so that the top of the LED could come out and at the end I finished with one last full circle of acrylic in a with fluorescent film on top.

I had to ensemble all the rings one by one and make sure that they were aligned and forming the desirable shape, at the same time the placement of the component represented a challenge due to the change in the diameter of the rings, therefore I had to make sure that at the end all the components would fit once I closed the flashlight.

 Laser cutting the rings

Laser cutting the rings

 Assembly of the rings with the components inside

Assembly of the rings with the components inside

 Components inside the flashlight

Components inside the flashlight

 Interior with exposed LED

Interior with exposed LED

The final result is a flashlight that can be worn as a necklace therefore the light can be generated wherever the user is. The biggest challenges of this project were trying to align the rings at the same time of keeping the components inside the cylinder and specially having to understand how to use small components in order to create a wearable device.

 Final result: Flashlight

Final result: Flashlight

 Flashlight / necklace

Flashlight / necklace

Dancing Waves

For this weeks project I decided to work with sound and try to connect it to a sketch that we developed in the math for p5 session with Jiwon. My start point was the following sketch:

 Sin, Cos waves generation in ICM Math help session with Jiwon.

Sin, Cos waves generation in ICM Math help session with Jiwon.

As part of my exploration I decided to create a toggle button so that I could control de audio and pause it whenever I want to. I started playing with different waves distributed in the vertical space and applying different colors and opacity in order to generate an interesting visualization.

 Using the sound amplitude as an input in the waves amplitude

Using the sound amplitude as an input in the waves amplitude

Once I was able to connect the audio with the amplitude of the waves I tried to incorporate more opacity in order for the ellipses to leave a trace and play with the interactivity of the sketch. The final result is a series of waves generated with the “sin” function which also change the colors according to the same function and are mapped in the y axis (the higher in y the bigger the ellipse size). The amplitude of the waves changes according to the amplitude of the sound waves which make it look like they are dancing with the music.

 Final Design and distribution of waves in the space

Final Design and distribution of waves in the space