Grand ménage

L'entrée de ma maison à ComPeung, la nuit

Trente-et-un moins six jours avant la fin de ma résidence. À mon retour des montagnes, en visite chez les Lahu pour les fêtes du Nouvel An, j'ai fait un grand ménage de la maison. Je retardais ce moment, je voulais que le projet Première Absence (les "fruits" gonflables) soit complètement terminé. Ce n'était pas encore le cas, enfin, plus ou moins, je croyais que ça marchait mais il reste encore queqlques trucs à régler. Mais la maison était insalubre et puis, voilà, j'ai décidé de laisser aller... il fallait que je reprenne mon élan.

The fruits are in the tree

The fruits are in the tree

Last week pasted so quickly... Friday, I thought we were still on Wednesday. I don't even know when it started. What day exactly did I move to the land, connecting several electrical extensions to get to that lonely little tree in the backyard.

I installed everything. The blowers, the condoms, the wires, the sensors, everything. I even dug the hole to put the electric box containing the precious circuit.

Love story

La chenille et l'alligator

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Condom play

Condom shape mockup #3

I tried different ways of installing the condom on the blowers. I don't really want the whole thing to look like a joke, nor like some kind of political sexual statement. I just find the condoms are interesting because of their light material and their shape.

I think the reference to sexuality is interesting as this project has a lot to do with natural cycles, day and night, life and death. But I think the use of condoms can make it a lot obvious, so I'd like to somehow "hijack" the condoms, give them a different look, putting new directions, new impressions in them.

The spirit is in the house

Artificial spirit in the spirit house

Louise, an australian artist in residency at ComPeung, has invited me to contribute to one of her works, a genuine spirit house (see this post for more details about these).

I had this idea of building a simple circuit that would display some sort of autopoiesis, a looping reference to itself. I thus built a simple circuit consisting of an LED and a photoresistor. The circuit follows the following simple, autorefering algorithm:

  x = lightValue()   (1)
  setLedValue(1 - x) (2)
  delay()            (3)

Quelques expériences avec des antennes

Comparaison des signaux d'une antenne

J'ai fait quelques expériences ce matin avec des antennes. Le circuit est très simple: je branche directement un fil dans une des pins analogues du Arduino et je capte les variations. J'ai fait quelques constatations intéressantes.

Spirit houses

Spirit house in a gas station

Since I arrived in Thailand, I was intrigued by seeing all of those little spirit houses. They're pretty much everywhere, especially near human dwellings such as houses and businesses. They offer a nice place for the phra phum ("the spirit of the house") to stay so that it can bring good fortune on one's property.

See video

You've got the magic touch

Mimosa Pudica (touch-sensitive plant) at ComPeung

Since Jean-Marc showed me these plants, lots of ideas have started flowing through my mind. The mimosa pudica grow on the ComPeung ground and they are very impressive. Watch the video to get the idea... As thus, I've started looking at touch sensing electronic devices.

I've put my attention at very simple circuits at first. Here are a few links I found, I put them here for later reference:

Zener regulator circuit

The zener regulator circuit

On Monday, I went to meet Dr Nipon at the Computational Intelligence Laboratory at University of Chiang Mai. I had made contact with Dr Nipon in Spring 2008 in order to get some technical support during my residency in ComPeung.

Dr Nipon prove to be a very nice person and showed much interest in the project. He put me under the safe care of one of his PhD students, Wirot Ponglangka, nicknamed "Joe", who is a specialist in electronics. Joe seems to be very excited about the project as well and is more than happy to help me.

Inflatable electronic fruits and fungi

Condom inflated with a blower

All the insects being driven out of here by winter, I stopped working on insect-attracting light sources and tried to find new research ideas. I was much impressed by all of the little plastic bags that are used here to carry pretty much any kind of food, including sauces, soups and milk!

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