1. Power of Making at the V&A


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    Power of Making

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    • Rohit Talwar: Exo-Skeletons


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      As part of our groundbreaking series Back to the Futurist, we interviewed Rohit Talwar at the Victoria & Albert Museum‘s brilliant ‘Power of Making‘ Exhibition. Using the exhibition as inspiration for our conversation Rohit delved into a mind-boggling array of possibilities that may very well define the world of tomorrow. In this video he covers exo-skeletons: stuff of science fiction.

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      • Postlerferguson: Make for London project, Power of Making


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        Postlerferguson discuss the 'Make for London' project in the Tinkerspace, part of the V&A exhibition Power of Making, 6 September 2011 – 2 January 2012 TRANSCRIPT: Make for London is a project of Postlerferguson and the V&A together during our residence here until Christmas 2011. It's basically two ideas on the one hand we tried to get ideas out of Londoners to basically produce new products, new services, to get new ideas out to generate business or to generate some creative action. On the other hand, we apply our product design and what we do for a living are expertise to those ideas and try to develop product hives and maybe even finished products until the end of that four months. We try to make their own modified Oyster cards into something a bit more than an Oyster card. We set up a simple modifying station where people can cut their Oyster cards, punch them, make whatever they like within the next one and half hours and then we see if the card still works afterwards and if they can do something nice with it. I made an Oyster card bookmark ... that's it ... I hope it will get me home still.

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        • Matt Denton Hexapod Robots


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          Matt Denton discusses Hexapod robots in the Tinkerspace in the V&A exhibition Power of Making, 2011. TRANSCRIPT: Hi. I’m Matt Denton. I’m here at the V&A demonstrating the Hexapod robots. The first Hexapod is a small, small unit, a little white Hexapod which is actually a kit one now, and it's fairly basic but has mandibles for the head which means you can walk around and pick stuff up. But it's also been equipped with a small camera today, so there's a bit of software running on a laptop, and the software looks, takes the feed from the camera and looks for red objects, so at the moment it's following a little red ball around. The next Hexapod is a bigger version of the same kit, so it's a big black Hexapod, and again it has a mandible for the head so it has a set of jaws that it can pick things up with. Today it's just been used like a remote control car, so from a set of joysticks I can control it's walking direction, I can control the speed that it walks at, I can control it's body attitude so again the pitch and rotate and the yaw. This machine is a lot more advanced. It's a heavier machine, it's more stable, and it has sensors on the feet which are basically just switches so it can tell when it's in contact with the floor. The other two machines, their world is a flat surface, that's all they know about. This machine can walk over rough terrain because it can know when it's touching the floor so for example if I pick it up, the legs will search for the table, and as I put it back down again I can put it back down on my hand and it will adapt to the shape of my hand, and the table. This is a Hexapod which has been given a camera again for it's head, it's been stylised, the head, a lot of it is just for show, but there's a little CCTV camera in there, and that's feeding back to a computer system that sits underneath of it. And that computer system has a much more advanced algoriyhm that's looking for faces, so it looks for eyes and the mouth of the face in a crowd of people, and once it's picked up the face it can track multiple faces, but it'll find the closest one to it and it'll start tracking it so as the person moves around the camera, it'll move around with them and follow them about. AUDIENCE MEMBER 1: It's super cool. AUDIENCE MEMBER 2: Well it's quite interesting because it has human-like movements, and the way it looks at your face is strange you know, you realise it's a machine but then it's kind of following you and behaving like a living thing. AUDIENCE MEMBER 3: Yeah amazing, a really excellent talk on the work that he's done, and really really great to be able to interact with him and talk to him about something that he obviously cares a lot about, so yeah, brilliant, excellent.

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          • Build Brass Nuts


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            The second project I've run for Build Conference. This time, ten bespoke brass nuts, with a short film to show the making-of. Check out the finished nuts here: http://www.thomasforsyth.co.uk/index.php?s=work&id=28 Many thanks to: http://www.backyardmetalcasting.com/ Also: http://2011.buildconf.com/

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            • Power of Making


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              What do words like "craft" and "skill" mean in 2011? That is one of the questions that the exhibition ‘Power of Making’ seeks to answer. This film delves into the working lives of four makers: shoe designer Marloes ten Bhömer, crochetdermist Shauna Richardson, artist, curator and glass designer Matt Durran and flute-maker Stephen Wessel. It uncovers processes of thought and making that are as fascinating, complex and contemporary as the exhibition itself.

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              • Power of Making - Sugar Sculpture by Jacquy Pfeiffer


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                Sugar Sculpture by Jacquy Pfeiffer of The French Pastry School. Created in the V&A kitchen for the exhibition Power of Making, September 2011. This exhibit is dear to my heart because it’s exactly what I’m about. I see something done in a medium that has nothing to do with chocolate or sugar or bread and I find a way to make it work, do you see? So it’s very, very fascinating to be able to duplicate things and that’s why this exhibit is so great because when you look a little bit at how things are done and why they are done a certain way, like - oh, my God, I never thought of that! Right? What we do in pastry is all about craft. It’s all about using our hands and using elements and putting them together. We cast hot sugar in here, let it cool a little bit and then I’m going to lay this guy on there to make kind of like … not a smoked glass, but an etched glass technique. And then after that I’m going to put it on here to bend it. Dale Chihuly is definitely an inspiration, but it’s also a glass blower, Lino Tagliapietra, who’s an Italian master who is just out of this world, out of this world. I did three years of glass blowing and we did a lot of new techniques because of that. I’m going to show you one in a box, if we can go in a box here … This is a technique that is completely inspired from glass blowing. In glass blowing we learn to make a technique like this, putting bubbles in a sphere using a mould, a wooden mould, a pineapple mould it’s called. So I just racked my brains – it took me three months to figure out how to make it, but here it is. You see this is a sphere that then has pieces added on there, you see. And then it looks like the final product. It’s one piece, but other pieces attached to it. I intend on being here for at least six hours straight, hopefully. So hopefully I’m finished at midnight, but otherwise I’ll just continue working until it’s done, you know. The problem with pastry chefs is we’re not trained as artists. No pastry chef ever goes to art school and they actually should. But I think that my sense of colours and shapes has evolved a lot because I’ve been doing this pulled sugar thing for 36 years now, so I’ve got to get better at it, right? Running out of time, right, you know?

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                • craftdelirium (2011)


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                  Brief moments of craftiness Accordian sound recording in the public domain, from: http://www.archive.org/details/FrenchAccordion-BriseNapolitaine

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                  • The Invitation


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                    A 2 minute film that shows Janet McCrorie the head designer at Rene Walrus making a 1920's inspired headdress.

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                    • Making ikat. A family ritual


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                      In a faraway village in Orissa, India reside a group of artisans known as the Bhulia Mehers. The Bhulia’s weave intricate floral, curvilinear and geometric patterns (known as ikat) to earn a living, but also to tell a story ~ stories about idealised forms of beauty, rituals, mythical and animal characters. The film shows the intricate process behind making ikat involving each member of the family. Here, ikat is not simply a means to live, it is a way of life.

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