Micro Challenge III

Concept of the installation: Use your body to trigger a visual connection to soil quality, using data from soil sensors. The colour and shape of the visuals represent the data and is open to the viewers interpretation. You are presented with two bodies of soil with different compositions. I invite you to take off your shoes and place both feet in the soil. Take a moment to observe and understand how the properties of the two soil samples contrast with each other.

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Reflection:
The conclusion of mIII, is that the strict time delivery and production in a small amount of time is fun, you get to learn a lot, especially when nothing is at stake. You’re free to explore.

I’m going to talk first of the positive aspects of this micro-challenge: for me, it’s always the human connections and interactions you create during the micro-challenge that are the most treasurable. Being helped and helping. Learning about your topic and learning about your colleagues. The MDEF class is very opened to helping others and being kind. There’s not stupid question and that’s how you learn (we’re all professionals from different fields, we have a lot to learn from each other).

The presence of female professionals during the MIII: the last micro-challenge was super cool because we had many female professionals integrated. The dynamic changes when there’s more genders, so that change was greatly appreciated. It also gives access to different perspectives of technology, and different ways of application. 

This last micro-challenge was also a bit different to the last two previous ones. It felt more centered on the idea of producing an experience for the user rather than creating an installation through our research that communicates. I don’t mind both approach, except that one of the two asks for expectations.

Overall, it was a good experience and we had loads of fun while learning a lot.

Process
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Making the soil buttons that uses your body in the circuit

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Testing the soil sensors

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Testing the soil sensors with the buttons

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Testing random additions to the project that we didn't include but it was fun

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Circuit with one soil sensor

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Drawing the structure on rhino

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2D drawing of structure

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Getting help to correct it

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Cutting

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Assembling

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Structure is filled with soil

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Difference in texture of the soil

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Where the soil sensors are hidden

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Testing data from Arduino to Touchdesigner

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Linking the buttons to touchdesigner and the soil sensors data.

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Experimenting with touchdesigner

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Data coming from Arduino

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Playing around in class

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Playing around in MDEFEST

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Playing around in MDEFEST

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