L'Appel du Vide
The French phrase l’appel du vide, literally “The Call of the Void”,
is notoriously difficult to translate. It is often equated to the
sudden urge to leap from heights and to enter into spaces unkown.
L’Appel Du Vide fashion line is a modern, stylish interpretation of the golden age of space exploration. Designed to invoke a sense of wonder and curiosity, l’Appel du Vide incorporates colorful, high-definition prints of photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Virtual reality is the creation of an entirely digital world. Virtualized reality is the translation of the real world into a digital space. There, the real and the virtual unify.
Virtualized Reality is a wearable interactive art piece that allows participants to view themselves in 3rd person. They examine their own agency and relationships to the environments around them through a series of perspective distortions, culminating in a rotating 3D map of their environment.
Awards: CHI 2013 Video Showcase Selection
The SigUp booth, based on Disney-Pixar's UP, was built in Spring 2013. It recreated experiences from the movie, beginning with a game in which visitors flew Carl Fredricksen's house out of the city. Vistors continued through the Fredricksen living room to a working waterfall, followed by a trip through the jungle, where they are greeted by an animatronic Kevin bird. The booth concludes inside the Spirit of Adventure dirigible, featuring a photobooth I designed.
I also assisted Andy Biar in the filming and production of short documentary on the building of the SigUp booth.
Awards: People's Choice and 1st Place Booth, Carnegie Mellon Spring Carnival 2013
Fanciful Ball Popping Device
Inspired by the "corn popper" toy I had as a child, Isaac Rudich and I built this lawnmower-like mechanical machine to throw colored plastic balls into the audience at Carnegie Mellon's annual Anti-Gravity Downhill Derby. The mechanism is driven by an entirely wooden bicycle chain made with lasercut links.
Blurring the lines between fashion and technology, Lux combines concepts in electrical engineering and computer science with modern trends and glamorous fashion. Lux integrates electronics and light in a natural, unobtrusive way, as opposed to the more gaudy, avant-garde style of most current wearable technology.
While we think about what we want to wear each day, we rarely think about how we want to wear it. The clothing in Lux senses every motion, confronting us with our own actions by exaggerating them with LEDs that reflect even our smallest gestures. Other pieces in the line interact with one another, changing when wearers touch.
A cookbook comprised entirely of recipes created by an algorithmic generator, Edible Algorithms raises some intriguing questions:
What is the nature of cuisine? How does ingredient selection and recipe naming influence perception of taste? What exactly is a "bread rectangle", and why should it be sauteed?