Not so new … anyway

Thoughts on art and the study of art after this project.

Basically, conclusion on the Found n Sound as a Graduation project after presentation and etc. My act of making instrument is on a practice-base, while some may demand a fine result in this search…for me, it can achieve nothing as an art.  Life is not about the goal or dream, destination whatever fixed. I realised the project is especially misunderstood and perceived by some friends or senior artists as something raw and unfinished. In fact, the traditional approach is something questionable. With the white cube culture, it may be to hard to pursue for involvement in creativity. Even for my study, I realised a heavy limitation in practice which become an obstacle. Though it was nice for me to receive balance training from mentor with/without limitation. For some of us, they may be limited without having a macro view in art practice. In a school focuses on creativity training, we need art practice that is lively, but not something mechanical, pretentious and repeating.

When we idolize art, we somehow created a distance and fear towards art. After reading quite a lot of writings, I started to treasure the importance of the artists in the 60s where they really opened up art with effort. The early 20th century has a very strong medium, painting. The domination of painting blocked a lot of possibility.   However, the frames are here again, categories,limitation and rules are very common now even in New Media Arts. Another thing is the visual bias in Art which take away a lot of possibility into the freedom of art making . A true art training may need to avoid that.

Drafts sketches

The sketches for the design of the 4 instrument.

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The guitar rail unit for the pinball design.

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The dinosaur theremin unit. design of the spine and the body, hidden iside is the core of arduino.

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The octopus unit. Design 

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Tesseract – Metal pipe parts as material

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When searching for plastic pipe for the frame, I have came across the metal pipe parts at a store. A sudden thought of using metal for the device. I got enough parts for making a cube frame, the Arduino module can be at the center of the frame. While the speaker can go inside with the cables going into the hole of the pipe.

Guitar Rail proto

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Arranging the Arduino and Solenoid system on the Stratocaster. The idea is to create a pinball system on the guitar fret. However, th sound is not remarkable as it only acts as a sliding sound.