Category: Thesis

Underground World Mockup

The process: I covered the surface with paper and tape to create an organic feel to the environment. Following that, I covered the paper with papier-mache that I have made with toilet paper, glue and water. Left it to dry for the night. On the following day, I colored it with acrylic paint. Then I sprayed a

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Progress – Changing the Point of View

After the Q&D I realized that I have to change the way we look at the rats.Here is a sketch that describes the installation’s narrative. I lifted the arena from the ground, in that way you have to crawl underneath in order to see what is inside. I imagine it higher so people can stand and adjust

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Quick and Dirty – show and feedback

Description: Two rats draw light fractals with their bodies in space. The Rats are being tracked by a webcam and detected using image processing algorithms. The patterns are created according to their location and then are projected on top of them. The black bait station plays as a color palette. When entering the station, a

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Rats’ Aesthetics – Research

After talking to Marina about rats making art I was looking to see if rats have an aesthetic sense. Do they have any preferences that can be translated into art? I did a facebook survey in a group of rat lover  – Rat Moms ❤️ They seem to prefer materials with textures, soft materials, dark places and hiding places.

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Areana – Prototyping

Building the arena and setting up the camera and the projector. Because I had to move the arena from one place to another, I prototyped it with a light material and built it in a modular way. The foam board arena at first had two rooms in order to let the rats some rest time.

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RatArt (Magic Windows – Final project)

Most of us are not aware that Humankind’s common ancestor with other mammals was a prehistoric RAT (according to the prevailing theory). I was inspired by this theory to create an augmented reality environment in wich the rats’ movement reveals the image of our common ancestor (from which both rats and humans are originated). This it

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Rat’s Symphony

Here I created an environment for the rats to play with human voices. The idea of letting them the ability to use us as tools, instruments, was interesting to me. I chose to use a pentatonic scale (five notes per octave). In that way, the notes complement each other in many different combinations. The order

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Rat Testing and Research

Research and Feedback: This week I have talked with many different people about my project. I have received a lot of feedback and references for additional research materials and inspirations. I talked with Uri Berger, a friend of Shir, who did his Ph.D. on disgust. The conversation was fascinating. He walked me through different disgust theories and helped me better

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AR, Animals and Abandoned Buildings

This weekend I was looking for abandoned sites. I was looking for an abandoned theater based on the following map: Unfortunately, I could not find it. After further exploring this map I saw the Highline mentioned as part of the deserted sites, what made me think it was not as up to date as I thought.

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Research & process

Today I met with Margret the librarian at Bobst library. The meeting was extremely helpful mostly because she asked me questions to guide her search that also made me better define what I am interested in. As part of the search, we have found amazing archival footage of animals in New York. Video of pigeons

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