Friday, September 27, 2013


high speed book talk....
world record for number of slides in 10 min.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This artificial jellyfish is very strange. Silicone and rat heart cells. Here's the video:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Where's the umbrella for these two?
Hipster gag: clip on mustache umbrella. But what protects the chin strip?
Galileo, 1610, sun on the moon.
I have never drawn the moon. Have you?
It's tough imposing a grid on the face. This really got sloppy around the eye. Will bet more glare in left eye for sure. I'd like to know how this guy senses the grid.
Definately See Yourself Sensing:
Bella Borsodi, strange little piece.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Been very active on the SYS facebook

Hi See Yourself Sensing friends,
Come and visit my SYS facebook.
I'm using it as a research site, posting things like Jaime Pitarch's Chernobyl - a toy that speaks of sensory conditions as much as any interactive work.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Some fun stuff about sound

Here's my new post on Huffington:

The videos are all incredible. Now I can't stop saying "Ba-rom-e-ter, ba-rom-e-ter." You'll see. The video about the Northern Lights makes me feel like I'm camping.

Hope you'll follow my posts.

Monday, June 4, 2012

SYS in Science Times China

Science Times China wrote did an interview about See Yourself Sensing. Here's the cover page, a still from a really strange and beautiful video by Hillerbrand and Magsamen. Do you see any of your kids' toys in that giant pile of plastic. I chuckled when China, capital of plastic, chose this for the cover of the article. Having trouble keeping up w/ Huffington Post posts, facebook, blogger and tumblr. Stay tuned for new Huffington Post article - interesting one on sound.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Huffington Post number 2

Harness Up That Snail and Let's Make Energy: It's Time to Feed the Table

Here's my new post for Huffington. I saw Auger and Loizeau's incredible fly and mice eating robots in London while I was working on See Yourself Sensing. I thought that they were brilliant, but I couldn't see them as immediately relating to the body and the senses. Auger and Loizeau produce some of the most intelligent work around. Pictured here is their Flypaper Robotic Clock, a self-sustaining robot. That fly is about to get scraped into the microbial fuel cell. And they call Damien Hurst's piece at the Tate Modern a "cycle"? His cow head, flies and zapper produce a rotting waste of biomass. According to Bristol Robotics, 8 dead flies powers a microbial fuel cell for 12 days

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm blogging for Huffington Post, science section

It all happened very quickly. Met with David Freeman and Neil Katz of HP last friday and the post is up already. I'm going to write about crazy people and projects I love. The most time consuming thing: figuring out how to post to Facebook, Tumblr and Blogger... and parenting.

Here's the article:
Put on a Happy Face (Or If You Can't, Use Electricity)

Images below: left is from Duchenne de Boulogne's monograph M├ęcanisme de la Physionomie Humaine. This is the toothless old man I wrote about. He's being exposed to electrical stimulation to the face to reveal a particular nerve / muscle combination for a particular human emotion.

Right: Daito Manabe and collaborators: Face Visualizer

Thursday, March 29, 2012

My MIT lecture + book offer and review in Yale Constructs

Here's a link to my lecture at MIT's Design and Computation group:

I'm starting to put back into the talk many of the images that couldn't fit into the book or were cut. In the process I'm imagining a whole new book and arrangement. My argument is that the senses are unreliable and don't work the way we think they do. It makes sense, then, that I would keep imagining a different book.

Black Dog Publishing has asked me to repost their blog reader discount. Feel free to repost or tell a friend:
Buy the book at 40% off (27 dollars):
send Email to:
Subject: sys offer
Include your address

SYS review in Yale Constructs: March 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Heading up to Boston area on Thursday for the MIT lecture. Very happy about this, since various characters in the book are MIT people: Mark Goulthorpe, Michael Rakowitz, Steve Mann and more. Anyone in the area, come say hello.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My plane hits a bus on the way to book talk

This happened in Detroit on the way to Erie, PA. My plane's wing tipped over the bus. No one was hurt. The best kind of plane crash. Had a fun time at Edinboro University, where Kim Todd (Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis ) and I gave lectures at event organized by artist Lisa Austin. On to MIT March 16th.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Upcoming Lectures:
If you're around, come see these talks on the book, with video and new images of projects:

March 5th 
Edinboro University
Van Houten South Dining Hall

March 16th, 
MIT Design & Computation Group Lecture Series
Long Lounge / AVT Building 7 room 431 MIT

April 12th
Horace Man School
Book Day