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Mood -the Hybrid Craft Artwork

Mood-Doom

Mixed Media Sculpture Albert Laine 2014

Mixed Media Sculpture
Albert Laine 2014

Mood” incorporates the knowledge of many different skills into a single artifact. It is a combination of traditional hand-crafts (sculpting, woodwork), digital 3D modeling and experimental electronics. The base of the sculpture was built from wood, and the characters were sculpted with a traditional build-up method, using polymer clay on top of a metal wire armature. Electronic devices such as FM radio and 1,8 inch screens were integrated, creating a functional whole where 3D printing and electronic media art complements each other. Additionally, software hacking had to be implemented in the form of injecting numerical values to software live memory area. Bringing all of the components together required diverse knowledge and skills, from aesthetic decision making to manual tool work and electronic skills.

The wrestler’s head-screens are playing the default run of the ID Software classic “Doom” -with the blood patch. The on-game audio is FM transmitted, thus enabling the use of a beefier sound system or FM headphones.

The aesthetic goal was to combine classical, idealized (Golden Section/Fibonacci) anatomic figurative sculpture and contemporary graffiti-influenced expressionistic visual language with the fast paced visual intensity of ID Software’s iconic game: “Doom”. The name “Mood” is derived by reversing the letters in “Doom”. The static, monochromatic sculptural shapes contrast with the moving, colorful CG graphics of the 90’s interactive entertainment media.

The 3D printed parts were modeled in Blender and printed with Ultimaker 2. The electronics were compiled from cheap off-the-shelf & e-waste devices.

The electronic parts used include:

SH86281AP/064PR (Logic IC)

AS6001SP8 (FM Modulator IC)

JBL Pro laptop speakers (built in to the base) for quiet surroundings

2x Howard Leight Bilsom Radio (EN352-1 certified) Multiple-Position Noise Blocking FM/AM ear muffs, for loud surroundings

The artwork is approximately 0.5m high, and requires 5V/2A electric power. Power adapters from 220V mains are included. A white hollow cubic pedestal should be incorporated in gallery floor installations, to elevate the artwork to a reasonable eyesight height and to hide the power cables.


Chicken On Steroids *edit: WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

I had this idea a few years back, when I heard that growth hormones are used in the U.S poultry industry.

When I saw the Finnish “From Bits to Atoms” call for entries, I decided to enter the competition with this entertaining “Professional Fitness” character.

The competition called digital artists to send their work to be machined / printed in physical format.

This statue called for classical influences, but with a contemporary popular culture twist.

I did most of the work in Sculptris. Text was made with Inkscape, and extruded to the 3rd dimension in Blender. Text was also combined with the posed character in Blender. Blender cycles is really awesome!

The statue was then prepared for 3D printing / CNC machining in Netfabb Studio Basic.

This chick is massive! Check out her delts and traps!

Another light & angle:

Great lats!

— edit: WINNER ANNOUNCED! —

Today (19th of April 2012) was the day when the winners of “From Bits to Atoms” -rapid prototyping contest were revealed!

Below a (cellphone) pic of the Winner of the “creative, aesthetic & entertaining” -category, and the grumpy Runner-Up:

Runner-Up_Adn_The_Winner

…And not in that specific order. The figurative sculpture is the Runner-Up, and the design vase won.

..Sorry about the coffee mug behind the winner, and the bad quality photo. I’ll take & post better ones later.

Industrial design was valued high by Jukka Tuomi, who picked the winners of both categories; the “creative, aesthetic & entertaining” -category & the “inventive, usability” -category.

I’m happy for the experience, and the ability to test the detail limits of the current 3D printing technology (I made this beast detailed enough to be printed in life-size!). Getting my sculpture Rapid Prototyped for free (a service worth 600-700 Euro) was nice too 😉 I do think the result looks great! People passing by seemed to like spending time gazing my sculpture as well.

I’ll exhibit my “Chicken On Steroids” sculpture in a gallery & art museum context later, so stay tuned!

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