Q: I found these scissors here. Did you make them? A: No, I did not make them. Q: But who did? A: I do not know. Q: I found these scissors. Did you do this? A: No, they are not mine. Q: They are not yours? I was told that you did make them. A: [...]
A conversation with Tom Lechner We discovered the work of Tom Lechner at the Libre Graphics Meeting 2010 in Brussels. Tom traveled from Portland, US to present Laidout, an amazing tool that he made to produce his own comic books and also to work on three dimensional mathematical objects. His software interests us for several [...]
In the summer of 2010, Constant commissioned artist and researcher Evan Roth to develop a work of his choice, and to make the development process available in some way. He decided to use a part of his fee as prize-money for The GML-Recorder Challenge, inviting makers to propose an open source device ‘that can unobtrusively [...]
For the 5th edition of the Libre Graphics Meeting, OSP proposed to replace the paint splash by an abstract drawing of three squares forming a flag and also the letter M.1 The splash had been in use since 2006 and some community members felt alienated by the proposal. On 10/10/2009 AL explained on the CREATE-mailinglist: "The [...]
"Go into the kitchen and open the first drawer you come to and the odds are you’ll find the wooden spoon that is used to stir soups and sauces. If this spoon is of a certain age you will see it no longer has its original shape. It has changed, as if a piece had [...]
Donald Knuth performs his own future tool. Thanks IML!
Tools shape orient practice Practice shapes orients tools We are imagining the future of Constant this afternoon. At some point, we discuss Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others, a book by Sara Ahmed we like. She uses queer both in the sense of sexual as in spatial orientation; literally thinking through what that means for bodies [...]
WVW is thinking about 'material curiosity' and we both end up reading through The Impact of Science on Society1, a publication based on four public lectures organised by the NASA Scientific and Information Branch in 1985. James Burke: "The main thing, it seems to me, is to remember that technology manufactures not gadgets, but social [...]