Abstract / concept statement
My concept is to create a timepiece that reveals the qualitative fluidity of time passing. The form and interaction will be inspired by an hourglass. I want the series of pieces to be able to respond to each other and spark a chain reaction of movement. This will be done using a changing balance in weight.
Create an hourglass that can change the timer amount. When a certain amount of time is chosen, the hourglass can accurately adjust the amount of sand that is needed. The intention is for the interaction to be very physical.
- Force sensor
- Weight analysis that connects weight to specific actions
- Servo control and positioning
Order of construction and testing
- Develop sketches to figure out logistics of overall hourglass
- Plan ways that glass can interact with the hardware, and be hidden so the form does not reveal the technology
- Figure out how to use hardware to change the amount of sand (aperture form?)
- ^^create multiple prototypes with this interaction, it will be the most crucial development
- design the enclosure that will hold the glass form
- Have people test out form and see if it is understandable / has the right affordances
- Fix all the things that didn’t work
- repeat 7 and 8 with a few other people
- make an information poster for the final show
- write up my artist’s statement for the final show
- Will the sand affect the hardware?
- Will the glass be able to integrate well with the wood and hardware?
- How will the piece be maintained / opened to be fixed if necessary
- How to mask mechanical servo movement and integrate fluidity into form
- Does the hourglass even need to use an Arduino? Is it about accuracy?
- Once the timer is started, is there a reset response?