Salvaging the RGB LED’s from the Sugar Cube’s. It was a ton of work. penny wise and pound foolish. Jason and I tested, soldered, and heat shrinked over 200 ft of the stuff. Took most the summer. These ones are super bright compared to the cheap ones, but the amperage draw on my electrical system is maxed out. It will be interesting to to see how things fare on the playa— if my alternator can keep up. It seems as though I have fried the Soft I/O controller for the iPhone in the tsting process. Peter was able to deliver a replacement just before heading out.

I am loving the perforations acting as pinhole projectors for the RGB!

I have been working with Peter Moy refining the iPhone control for some time now. I think we have found the limit of this particular technology. We finally made a sucessful load in, up the ramps with it. I have been wanting to develop this feature for some time now, as the loading and unloading of Maria into the Mothership is very scary, and for good reason! I count my blessings each successful round. Up til now could only unload with the iPhone. gravity with a 5 ton vehicle can be useful!

Previously, we had power issues, and the valves needed adjustment. Here, after the adjustments, and in the last picture you can see Maria starting to spin off, going up the ramps. This was a wildly dangerous situation that I stopped and retried three times before saying “enough!” Not sure exactly what the problem was, mechanically. The final drives are likely worn and one is worse than the other. The key issue though, is the interface. The touch screen is not suitable for emergency control. I had to take my eyes of the Maria to make adjustments on the the iPhone for a moment. Meanwhile,  mayhem was unfolding on the loading ramps. Fortunately, we have an abundance of “E” (Emergency) stops!

My first commission! “Stemma” (Coatrack) from 1980.
John Loomis, the current director of the California State University International Program in Florence, Italy, sent this recent picture to me. While there, I was studying all things Italian with Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, the co-founder of the radical architecture group Superstudio. My other teacher there was Gianni Pettena, who always managed to derail the ongoing conversation of architecture and design into the realms of art. The persistence of the automobile with these perspectives informs my work still.

My first commission! “Stemma” (Coatrack) from 1980.

John Loomis, the current director of the California State University International Program in Florence, Italy, sent this recent picture to me. While there, I was studying all things Italian with Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, the co-founder of the radical architecture group Superstudio. My other teacher there was Gianni Pettena, who always managed to derail the ongoing conversation of architecture and design into the realms of art. The persistence of the automobile with these perspectives informs my work still.