Taylor Hokanson is an artist, academic, open hardware advocate, and noted tall person. An early participant in the Maker movement, Hokanson investigates the promising/problematic nature of uncritical technology consumption in the post-digital landscape. Principal among these concerns are human-computer interaction, computer-aided fabrication, and new models for collaborative authorship and content distribution. When he’s not writing for an academic audience, he promises that humor and absurdity also play a significant role.
For example, Hokanson’s Controlled Feeding Status is a set of 3D printed silver flatware that embodies the first world’s queasy relationship with food. Each fork in the series is covered with a progressive accumulation of tumor-like growths, offering implements that impede the eating process to different degrees. The work is presented on a velvet bed inside a fancy wooden box, and accompanied by a cake of Nutraloaf (a bland, though technically nutritious food-product, that is served in some American prisons as punishment for misbehavior).
April 10th, 2017 | 1 hr 8 mins
arduino, chemistry, comedy, computing, doppelgangers, einsturzende neubauten, electronics, hacking, lovelace, new media, tattoos, theremins, witches
Digital witchcraft practitioner Meghan Trainor is our guest this week! Seattle in tha house! We chat about our search engine doppelgängers, "Bertha" the sonically wondrous SR 99 Tunneling Machine, and electricity as a kinda-natural resource. We like funny people. One of us shares a tattoo with an angry, muscly singer. Can you guess who it is? Art... man... It gets co-opted by global hyper-capitalizm quickly. Meghan melds the knowing and unknowing of engineering and witchcraft. Do you even verte, bra? Taylor distills a pink ringing thing down to its most elegant and intriguing components. Rob gives you another reason to steal.
Check out what we made at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com.
We have 49 links in show notes filled with interesting stuff. 49 links! That's bonkers.
Listen to the episode, jump in on our next challenge and send us photos of what you made!
March 27th, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
3d printing, arduino, bevels, bones, casting, dice, eeg, icosahedrons, leds, mind control, pin nailers, relays, rng, salvage, scrollsaws, solenoids
We welcome materials engineer Ian Doran as our first guest! Taylor shares knucklebones as an ancient method of random number generation and combines the old-school with the new-school. Ian brings the icosahedral heat! Rob thinks about rolling dice and... the dice roll. We also discuss steam turbines, lost wax casting, teenager as scientist, driveway as science laboratory and bevel math! You heard that right! Bevel math!
March 9th, 2017 | 1 hr 14 mins
2x4, accessibility, art, comic sans, containers, creativity, crimetown, critical making, diegetic prototypes, inventions, lock picking, master-carr, paperclips, prisoners, sewing machines, silicon beach
Our first episode! We completed our "Paperclip and 2x4 "challenge! Some things went great. Other things went... pretty darn wrong. We also introduce ourselves, share what inspired us this week and talk about the structure of the podcast. We discuss the goofiness of "Silicon Beach," the awesomeness of Prisoners' Inventions, and the rise of Critical Making. And... a lot more!