Monthly Archives: May 2012

“MaKey MaKey” — An Invention Kit for Everyone

This video will blow your mind. Ima­gine the possibilities.

MaKey MaKey is an inven­tion kit for the 21st cen­tury. Turn every­day objects into touch­pads and com­bine them with the inter­net. It’s a simple Inven­tion Kit for Begin­ners and Experts doing art, engin­eer­ing, and everything inbetween. MaKey MaKey works with any laptop or com­puter with a USB port and a recent oper­at­ing sys­tem. How recent? We have tried it with Win­dows XP, Win­dows Vista, Win­dows 7, and Mac OSX.

Any mater­i­al that can con­duct at least a tiny bit of elec­tri­city will work (if it does­n’t already work, just rub it with bana­nas, spray it with water, or apply cop­per tape). Here are some mater­i­als people have used in our work­shops includ­ing Ketch­up, Pen­cil Graph­ite, Fin­ger Paint, Lem­ons, etc. oth­er mater­i­als that work great: Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Sil­ver­ware, Any­thing that is Wet, Most Foods, Cats and Dogs, Alu­min­um Foil, Rain, and hun­dreds more. Have you ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bana­nas? Alligator clip the Inter­net to Your World, and start invent­ing The Future.

“Anatomical Cross-Sections in Paper (Tissue Series)” by Lisa Nilsson

These pieces are made of Japan­ese mul­berry paper and the gil­ded edges of old books. They are con­struc­ted by a tech­nique of rolling and shap­ing nar­row strips of paper called quilling or paper fili­gree. Quilling was first prac­ticed by Renais­sance nuns and monks who are said to have made artist­ic use of the gil­ded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th cen­tury ladies who made artist­ic use of lots of free time. I find quilling exquis­itely sat­is­fy­ing for ren­der­ing the densely squished and lovely intern­al land­scape of the human body in cross section.