Gmöttophon A/V - born in Brrrrlin

I have been finally working on a new instrument: the Gmöttophon A/V. After the earlier series of musical/noise instruments, i wanted to build a new one that combines audio and visual experimentation, while keeping everything small. Earlier discussions and projects with Niklas Roy, seeing his vektron modular, and the experiment with the NanoŠmano TV during the session in Ljubljana with Stefan Doepner and Feargal Parkes.

Thanks to Haunz, who found an old video-camera on Boxi, i got my hands on a tiny little CRT monitor from the viewfinder. these little things are beautiful small cathode ray tubes, that allow a lot of messing up with the video signal or directly of through coils. they are quite easy to reengineer to figure out where to connect power (usually around 5 V) and GND, and then just try to connect a composite video to the other cables until you find it. The first experiment, see image below, sadly failed, cos when trying to remove the cover, we cracked the tube and lost the vacuum... it was a nice round one though.

Anyway, i managed to build the first prototype ot the Gmöttophon A/V, and in fact its bloody awesome. a bit like Ryoji Ikeda for you pocket :-)
Its controlled by an ultra simple circuit with two oscillators using a 4093 and an amp LM386, then there is various ways to patch the signals togehter. as video source i used a small surveillance camera, from the chinese market in Budapest. The options are endless... The video above just shows one of the late night experiments.

chillin Budapest

After a nice workshop in collaboration with bugnplay (CH) and c3 (HU), builing robots and other fun little electronic toys, still chilling out in budapest. great place to drink coffee, smoke and work on my new little netbook. naaaaiiiice.

allready met my friend dorottya, who i met in ljubljana during NanoSmano, and she organised another workshop at H.A.C.K. where i will introduce the optical mouse hack.

wonder where i will go next...

Festival hopping in Slovenija

The last ten days i have been jumping from one festival to another one in Slovenija. and i loved it once again.

First of all i was invited for a talk and a hackteria workshop for HAIP festival. Great and familiar atmosphere, and first time to work on a new project for future hackteria workshop, "getting on plant's nerves"...

Then there was also KIBLIX happening at the same time in maribor, so i drove through the snow a couple of time, to see the BioModd project, visit my friends (indonesians and locals, hooray to son:DA: Grandma's rocks!!!) and plan the collaboration for Kiblix2011, where we hopefully can collaborate with SGMK.

because anyway we tried to combine the KIBLIX loves HAIP loves MFRU. and had a great jam session and food with friends at cirkulacija 2, thanks to stefan, borut and bostjan.

Worm is a VJ @ Marathon der Tiere, Drucki

Worm is a VJ at Marathon der Tiere, 3 Nächte Kino in der Drucki, Zürich, inkl Live Tierinstallation von dusjagr...
Worm is a VJ is using a hackted optical mouse sensor to project the 18x18 pixel microcosmos of nematodes. Thanks to Gaudi and Budi Prakosa for help.

Talk on Transdisciplinary Education @ SDN Conference 2010

I was happy to be invited for a keynote at the SDN Conference 2010 "Negotiating Futures - Design Fiction" last Friday. The topics from the whole day ranged from corporal designs and body upgrades to Einstein's genius and Design Theory/History...

see the presentation and panel discussion online

You can download the minutes of the presentation from the following link:

because the movies wont show up, you can see them here:

The movie shows 20 hours of culture of HeLa cells on a designed patterned surface showing the FHNW logo.

Arrived in Ljubljana for some nano Å¡mano

after a great ride through, up and down the alps i arrived in ljubljana...

spending a night below the stars in Obergail, sleeping a first time in my new car and finally met with stefan doepner, f18, to work the next few weeks on nanošmano in kapelica gallery. and now i need to find venzha... hmmm