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# Art Installation I - (Generative Models - David Ruy)

Apr 20, '07 11:32 PM EST

Final result of the magnet expirements in Gen-Mod seminar.

the green images were made using magnets on a magnetic film that can be purchased at:

forcefieldmagnets

the wave like plexiglas models were made by glueing magnets to a flat sheet of plexiglas, putting the plexiglass over gas flames at roughly 500 degrees fahrenheit, and letting the plexiglass become molten. the magnets through magnetic attraction started pulling themselves together. upon movement the plexiglass was then removed from the flames for cooling. some magnets connected others did not, depending on the length of time the plexiglass was held over the flames. it was also raining, so instead of drying the plexiglass i left the rain drops, which actually left a dimples all over the plexiglass.

Recipe Procedural Rules for Experiment #68 (the plexi model):

1.0 virtually create a equally subdivided volumetric grid
1.1 assign numerals to each subdivision as per chosen counting system
1.2 fill each subdivision numeral with a solid cube that represents any integer that cannot be divided by another number evenly except by itself and 1

2.0 assign dynamic property magnetism to each cube
2.1 extract each plane from the volumetric gird for placement of cubes
2.2 placement of magetic cubes:
2.2.1 if cube is adjacent to two or more other cubes place cube so that the positive polar end points up in the Z-axis direction
2.2.2 if there are no adjacent cubes within two squares place cube so that the positive polar end points up in the Z-axis direction
2.2.3 if there is another cube two spaces in either the X-axis or Y-axis direction align both cubes so that their positive polar ends face one direction, alternate positive polar end direction of next pair of cubes

3.0 weaken plane so that the magnetic forces of the cubes may work
3.1 strengthen plane so that the magnetc forces may be frozen

• liberty bell

Fun experiment. I like it.

Apurimac

trippy mate, cool stuff.

some person

Great post, meta.

I'm curious about Recipe #68: At which point (s) do you infuse your architectural judgement as a designer? i.e. When do you decide, "This is good, let's continue." or "This is crap, let's start over"?

the recipe was actually a result of many tries, so its really a post recipe.

the "1's" could be done differently, but based on initial expirements you would not want the magnets too close to each other or too far apart, so there was a judgement made on how close to put the magnets together. the judgement was based on maximum action that can be controlled.

the "2's" were slightly based on the point made above. in addition, the magnets lose magnetic qualit at certain temperatures and the plexiglass begins to bubble if heated to long. originally i wanted to cook the whole box, including all layers, but the two problems mention above hindered this.

the "3's" is actually a very simplified version of many tries at getting the interaction between magnets and plexiglass to look good. i used the stove, aliminum grates, pans, foil dishes, etc... but in the end making a device that i could hang the plexi glass from worked the best. among the many problems, were using cooking substrated that were not steel, so i used brass and basically stripped the grill clean of all steel above the flames.

the recipe was actually a result of many tries, so its really a post recipe.

the "1's" could be done differently, but based on initial expirements you would not want the magnets too close to each other or too far apart, so there was a judgement made on how close to put the magnets together. the judgement was based on maximum action that can be controlled.

the "2's" were slightly based on the point made above. in addition, the magnets lose magnetic qualit at certain temperatures and the plexiglass begins to bubble if heated to long. originally i wanted to cook the whole box, including all layers, but the two problems mention above hindered this.

the "3's" is actually a very simplified version of many tries at getting the interaction between magnets and plexiglass to look good. i used the stove, aliminum grates, pans, foil dishes, etc... but in the end making a device that i could hang the plexi glass from worked the best. among the many problems, were using cooking substrated that were not steel, so i used brass and basically stripped the grill clean of all steel above the flames.

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