August 2008

After weeks of work (and a lot of sleep-deprivation) our piece ‘et dukkehjem’ is on its way to Macedonia for the 3rd Upgrade! International Gathering in Skopje, from September 11-14th, 2008. This event takes the form of a city-wide digital art and networked culture festival including exhibitions, screenings, live local and streamed performances and a program of lectures and workshops from over 20 cities across the world. The thematic focus ‘Chain Reaction’ explores issues of cultural development and growth in the local region as well as within digital networks. rootoftwo will also present a lecture titled ‘The Tao of P.O.O (Post-optimal Objects)’ at European University in Skopje. Now we just need to finish the project website…

Karl Daubmann and PLY Architecture‘s ‘Mrs. Linde’ lamp is now interactive. We have used an Arduino, a PING Ultrasonic Sensor and 20 BlinkMs to make it so that ‘she’ changes color when you approach her. The lamp is laser cut from biodegradable paper (the same stuff used for William McDonough’s ‘Cradle To Cradle’). The base and top are laser cut acrylic.

We are running out of time to complete all the work that needs to be done for ‘Chain Reaction‘. Nora and Krogstad are fully functional (Michael Rodemer helped us out with the electronics). According to FedEx the programmable LEDs for Mrs Linde (pictured above) are on the truck for delivery later today. Karl scaled back his ambitions from the illuminated surface he was planning – we’ll do that next time.


Et Dukkehjem Audio Test from John Marshall on Vimeo.

This is Krogstad talking. He is speaking selected lines from the character of Nora (Helmer from the Henrik Ibsen play ‘A Doll’s House’). The project uses the Arduino Wave Shield from Adafruit Industries. The table will get a custom-designed top that will hide most of the gubbings. The next step is to hook the motion sensor into this set up…



Torvald and Nora (shown with prototype Krogstad) are done. We’re now working on the electronics for them. Below is a picture of a test of the electronics for Krogstad:


This version is hooked up with a passive infrared sensor – this might change for the final version.


Et Dukkehjem Audio Test from John Marshall on Vimeo.

This is Krogstad (with a temporary cardboard top) talking. He is speaking selected lines from the character of Nora Helmer from the Henrik Ibsen play ‘A Doll’s House’. The project uses the Arduino Wave Shield from Adafruit Industries. The next step is to add the PIR sensor back into this set up…

Torvald and Nora are now complete. We are now working on the electronics for the piece and on Dr. Rank.

Roger and Kyle have been working on Krogstad:

Karl has been working on Mrs. Linde:

Here is a picture of a test of the electronics for Krogstad:

This version is hooked up with a passive infrared sensor – this might change for the final version.