More on Maker Carnival 2012

On May 3, 2012 by Design China

If you’re look­ing for a fun exhi­bi­tion expe­ri­ence, Maker Car­ni­val 2012 @ CMoDA (China Mil­len­nium Mon­u­ment Museum of Dig­i­tal Arts) should be on the top of your list. At the pre­view on 29 April, Design China’s Lynn Zhang had quite an enjoy­able expe­ri­ence. Here are her highlights.

1) Sketch Chair (an open-source IKEA store)
Designed by Greg Saul, the Sketch Chair pro­gram allows any­body to take part in the process of design­ing and build­ing their own digitally-fabricated chairs. At the exhi­bi­tion, try sketch­ing your own chair and you’ll receive a small card­board sample.

2) Run­ning with Mario
Help Mario save Princess Peach on a tread­mill! Isn’t that the per­fect work-out plan? Com­bin­ing a tread­mill, a sen­sory con­trol sys­tem and a PC, the instal­la­tion makes it pos­si­ble to expe­ri­ence this clas­sic game through body movement.

3) Sound Moun­tain
The visu­al­i­sa­tion of sound has been favoured by many media artists/designers lately, and it was excit­ing to see such work from local design stu­dio, Hibanana. At CMoDA, they’re pre­sent­ing a music video called Sound Moun­tain, gen­er­ated from DJ Elvis T’s lat­est work.

4) Light Bots
Light, time and mem­ory form this strangely inter­est­ing instal­la­tion: a cam­era cap­tures the light as the audi­ence enters the room and the pho­to­sen­si­tive mate­r­ial forms a pic­ture by record­ing the instan­ta­neous flicker, much like a mem­ory. After a while, the pic­ture dis­ap­pears for the LED screen to be pre­pared for a new picture.

Also on show are mold dec­o­ra­tions, motion-sensor toi­let paper, 3D print­ers and more than 50 other inter­ac­tive inno­va­tions; until 12 May.

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