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Exhibition/Levitation

Looking for a way to present my object to the audience in the way to make it minimalist and attractive, I was thinking about magnetic levitation a s the most mesmerising way to do that. Something like this: But further research made it clear that it is too expensive to make it work with relatively heavy objects 🙁 So then I remembered Olafur Eliasson’s series of work about compasses, which look minimalist enough: Reality compass, 2010 Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2010 Photo: Jens Ziehe Now I think that it is the best way to present my object, but there is one… More

Character Bible

This is a living creature. Organic, but not disgusting maybe a little bit fleshy like gamepads in Cronenberg’s movie “eXistenZ”. It looks like an alien and from the first sight, it is hard to tell whether it is object or animal. At the beginning, it is just sitting on the stand and maybe subtly moves like it is breathing and makes some noises which sound close to purring. When someone takes it in hands it makes quiet “happy sound”. It is calm when you move it slowly, and feels pain when you change its position too fast. It shows it by… More

Cabinet of curiosities

One of the suggested links from the feedback was the one leading to the Wikipedia page for the “Cabinet of curiosities“. This is certainly a relevant topic since I am talking about objects, auras and atmospheres created using them. So besides reading about them, I decided to visit one, “The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities.” You can see some photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jdmNhqBbIObfLhOM2 People always liked mystic strange things which are hard to explain. Being around the objects which are not familiar creates a trance feeling of uncertainty and thrill, and curiosity makes us explore it even when it could be… More

Thesis: Progress Presentation + Feedback

This week we had a formative assessment during which we had to present our thesis progress to academic board to get some feedback. Here is my presentation: The main critical points of the feedback were: Too much stuff. You need to clarify what position you’re standing in/coming from eg. Are you a designer looking to and analysing film or vice-versa? Take a look at the notion of Mac gaffing. Extracting object from the film. Tricky territory of props. Grouping. Is cabinets the right word? What’s your rationale? At the beginning your focus was on how… More

CODE 002 — WebGL, ThreeJS Shaders

Yeah, it has been a while since I played with WebGL. Now it is time to resume. This time want to make it a little bit clearer how to work with WebGL shaders and I find this lesson very useful: https://github.com/Jam3/jam3-lesson-webgl-shader-threejs To make it a little bit more interesting I have added some additional movement using rotation attribute of the mesh in three.js. More

People + AI Research Initiative Symposium

According to the PAIR website: PAIR is devoted to advancing the research and design of people-centric AI systems. We’re interested in the full spectrum of human interaction with machine intelligence, from supporting engineers to understanding everyday experiences with AI. That is why, I was thrilled to watch their first symposium ever to hear more about their practice and recent findings of other researcher in the field of AI and machine learning through the prism of human centred design. The first thing that I really like is Tensorflow Playground, which makes understanding the way neural networks work much easier. More

Are you afraid of death?

Do not lie, you are 🙂 But should you? This is a philosophical question and as always there are some advantages and disadvantages of both having and not having this fear. It helps you to live more considerable life and avoid stupid things. Anyways, if this fear becomes a paranoia it could make your life miserable. Frank Kolkman has got an idea how to keep that fear under control. Using a recent (para-) psychological research he built a medical device that simulates an out-of-body experience. And I had a chance to try it during the Digital Weekend at the V&A… More

Cognitive behavioural therapy

CBT is a hot topic right now in psychology (ok, maybe, it is gradually becoming cold… :)) Here is some information about it: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Cognitive-behavioural-therapy/Pages/Introduction.aspx http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cognitive-behavioural-therapy/Pages/How-does-it-work.aspx https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evidence-based_practice I like it, because it is a talking therapy technique, it is highly effective, and it has a fixed structure, so it could be easily automated. Yes, it is already automated in some products, but most of them are either ugly or unfriendly, I mean they lack the personal touch which could be emulated using deep-learning and so on. More

How machines learn: neural networks

To bring my therapist bot to another level I decided to learn more about how to make a bot more intelligent. For that we have to take a look at artificial neural networks, deep learning, natural language processing and so on. Clearly, to use something like API.ai there is no need to understand all of that stuff, but I don’t like to do something without understanding how it works. Our first stop is artificial neural networks. I find this book pretty good to learn about the topic: http://neuralnetworksanddeeplearning.com/chap1.html Basically, artificial neural network consists of a large number of artificial neurones which are interconnected. More

Genius? Kitsch? Both?

‘This is not a show.’ Nick Knight and Gareth Pugh offer an exclusive visual insight into Pugh’s S/S 18 collection presented here as fashion film. In collaboration with philosophical artist Olivier de Sagazan, Pugh explores the extremities offered by the elements and the raw physicality of humanity… More