MLF were commissioned to design and create the opening show for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase in Cannes Lions Festival. After collaborating with Saatchi & Saatchi senior creatives Jonathan Santana and Xander Smith on the show theme “Meet your Creator”, we set off to design a show celebrating the miracle of creation.
Our aim was to create ethereal moving sculptures of light and sound. Always excited by the prospect of appropriating new technologies and further developing them for artistic purposes, we designed and built a fleet of quadrotors with LEDs and motorised mirrors, tightly synchronised to an audio track specifically composed for the performance by oneohtrix point never.
We designed and implemented a system which allowed us to easily choreograph and animate the quadrotors virtually, and have this data directly drive the physical robots, while the spotlights automatically tracked them in realtime. By minimizing the turnaround time from thinking of an idea, to seeing it in the flesh, we were able to realize the creative potential of this brand new medium to it’s full potential in the limited time we had.
studioroosegaarde.net - The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands glowing stones inspired by 'Starry Night'. It charges at daytime and gives light at night. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage between Nuenen en Eindhoven NL, the area where Van Gogh lived in 1883.
This is the second Smart Highway Project which are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and road signs that interact with the traffic situation.
Prix Ars Electronica 2014, nominated.
VIDA Awards 16.0, nominated.
Every thoughts and actions that leaves our body, becomes some sort of force or energy and has influence over the world nonstop. "You hit the brakes for a second, just tap them on the freeway, you can literally track the ripple effect of that action across a two-hundred-mile stretch of road.” (Mission Impossible III, Tom Cruise) Like this, it is hard to comprehend how powerful our actions can be. We need to realise that an action has the power to delivered, having psychological and physical impacts. This is the message I wanted to deliver to the audience through this project using one of the most familiar force, gravity.
The signal that is sent from Kinect according to the hand movement, is received by the servo motor and link arm, which translates the signal to mechanical movements to control the angle of the tank and camera in real time. By syncing the position of the hand and the gravitational force, the audience will reminisce of the Jedi’s from Star Wars. But that experience is not direct or shocking, but completely emotional. Most of the people might just end with being slightly amused, but some might end up thinking deeply about "the force”. This is what I ultimately try to address with my work. I believe change can start with a simple experience like this.
The image captured via the camera first goes through image processing in VDMX, and gets sent to MadMapper via Syphon. After that it is displayed on the wall via two projectors. The hand movement data picked up via Kinect is processed with Processing. The x-coordinate value is sent to Arduino Pro Mini via Serial.
The structure is assembled according to the blueprint with various thickness of aluminum plates cut in a CNC machine held together with some nuts and bolts. I used C920 which is a camera with high resolution. The torque of the servo motor is 20kg/cm.
OTOTO is a musical invention kit which allows anyone to quickly and easily create their own electronic musical instrument.
With OTOTO you can unpack the kit and make anything from a drum kit of saucepans to origami that sing when touched.
Designed by Yuri Suzuki and Dentaku
Concept and initial designed by Yuri Suzuki
Co-design and developed with Mark McKeague, Naomi Eliott and Joseph Pleass