In this episode I put the finishing touches on the Noun object by adding a hand-drawn 'puff' animation to its materialize/dematerialize sequences. Then I rig up that puff animation so that its playback and timing are controlled by the code-based tweens that are already in place. "Tween, meet your long-lost father, In-Between..."
In this episode I start building a 'materialize' and 'dematerialize' sequence for the Noun object.
In this episode I do some project setup dirty work.
In this initial epside I break a concept drawing of the Cyclic Vacuum Cannon into its constituent parts, take a crack at naming them, and think out loud about their responsibilities & relationships.
This process of imagining a potential cast of objects helps me get a better understanding of what I'm in for design-wise. It also helps me decide where to start building.
Caveat: This was the pilot episode.
As a result it looks a little shoddy & slow compared to the others. I intend to go back and redo it once I'm a little further along in the project, but in the meantime please cut it some slack for being the runt of the litter. Thanks!
Good question! Here's the original drawing that sparked the idea: it depicts a swirling vortex of detritus contained by a membrane. As the contents of the membrane make their way around on a circular breeze they come in contact with a launch pad that shoots them outward with great force. The recoil of each launch propels the cannon in the opposite direction (picture a 2 year old firing a 12 gauge). I imagine the Cyclic Vacuum Cannon as a thruster that can be strapped on to things to make them move around, or as a weapon, or both.
Here's a Cyclic Vacuum Cannon replete with boots, bones, fetuses, and a handful of other objects swirling in its interior. Using its "Theiving Warp Crucible" (the spiral shaped object in its center) the cannon snatches objects from elsewhere in its vicinity, bringing them in to feed its cache of circulating fodder. Every cannon needs cannon balls; this one is no exception.
You might be having tea with your aunt one afternoon when you find yourself suddenly teleported into the core of the cannon. After a few moments tumbling around with a rag-tag assortment of other stolen objects you'd be fired out as propellant, or if you were lucky, as a glorious combat warhead.
I think you mean, who would not use one? I've assembled a grid of a candidates to help spark your imagination.
Got an empty beer bottle lying around? Slap a thruster on it and remote pilot it into a melee.
A half-eaten drumstick? Affix a cannon to the gristly bit at the top and turn it into a jaunty dueling pistol.
That lethargic cheetah living in your hall closet? He'll take 3; a thruster for each hind paw and a missile launcher for the end of his tail. Think of how invigorated he will feel!
We've been drawing since the first grunting ogre of a man stuck his sausagey index into the sand. Programming has been around for less than a century. I'm interested in what the two have in common.
I have been posting work at Presstube since 1999. If you're hunting for an old project, the best place to look would be the old site or the blog. If you've got a lonely terminal, give it a screensaver to help take its mind off things for a while. If you still can't find what you're looking for, email me and I'll be happy to point you in the right direction. Read more ⇢
My solo and collaborative art works with Amit have been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Seoul Museum of Art, Korea; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; GGG Gallery, Tokyo; Kunsthalle Wien, Austria; Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona; London Design Museum and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City.
To support my Presstube & Pitaru Paterson habits I take on contracts as a creative director and as a front-end developer. I've done work for Bjork, Nike, Apple, Sony, Adidas, VH1, Motorola, Burton, and many more. If you'd like to work together, get in touch.
I was born in 1980 in London, England, but have been in Canada since 1988. I currently live in Montreal with my wife and son.