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#003 Research I - In the Eyes of Kinetic Beasts (Clownfish)

Jingyi Chen

Friday, Mar 23, 2018 - 12:14:06 am

@ hantallie

Of the nearly 30 species of clownfish, there are two types commonly referred to as the orange clownfish (Amphiprion percula and Ocellaris). The percula clownfish is distinguished by its vivid orange colour with distinctive white bands outlined in black.

All clownfish are born male. As they mature, they usually pair off with another clownfish, and the dominant individual becomes a female. The Read more →

Tags: 3d | research
Clear explanation on the relationship between sea anemone, clownfish & starfish here.... more sketches on the clownfish swimming motion or dance patterns would be useful in your understanding of its kinetic movement vocabulary.


Lung Nok Wan

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 - 11:14:41 pm




The relationship between aphids and ants is symbiotic in that both receive some benefit from the arrangement.

Aphids are also known as plant lice, they are very small sap-sucking insects that collect the sugar-rich fluids from host plants.

Aphids consume large quantities of a plant to gain adequate nutrition. They then excrete Read more →

Tags: 3D | ant | aphid
i want to see pictures of aphids please

look in the mirror

Lol! I share your sentiments Brendan... but for fear that Nok Wan asks me to look in the mirror as well, I would say she has cleverly found an apt metaphor to represent the ant & aphid relationship... ;) From your research, it does make the ant sound rather conniving & manipulative creatures... breaking their wings & impeding their growth!?! poor aphids... Great job with the stylized aphid fact file summary.... :) I hope you girls find an interesting way to incorporate the free falling with the scrambly ant legs in your combined kinetic beast!

Research: sea anemone and friends

Ho Si Hui

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 - 03:28:27 pm

@ runaway salmon



When the sea anemone closes its mouth, the water in the gut cavity acts as a hydrostatic skeleton, enabling it to expand longer and thinner or shorter and fatter or to bend in any direction.

2 key senses for survival

Sense of touch: The tentacles are armed with numerous cnidocytes that are triggered by the slightest touch, firing nematocysts to Read more →


[F&V] Kinetic Beasts: Dog and Flea Research


Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 - 03:25:26 pm

@ Francesca

This post is a compilation of my research for the last project, In the Eyes of Kinetic Beasts. I will be working with JJ this time and the animals that we got are the dog and the flea. I will be researching more on the dog!


Symbiosis between the dog and flea Range of movement 2 key senses Body language


What is symbiosis?

Symbiosis Read more →

Yes Fran, am constantly learning how to fine-tune my interpretation of the doggy body language because it really varies from dog to dog. Lol!

A crocodile king and his dentist


Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 - 02:23:15 pm

@ castrochronicles

A description of a crocodile and plover bird’s perspective, senses and movements.

Billabong King Crocodile-

The King looks for lunch (03:58)

The Billabong King Crocodile is a massive creature, scaring the little crocodiles in the river with his status as the alpha crocodile. He stares into the murky water, Read more →

make this into a bedtime storybook for kids plot
Nok Wan, the text is too long to be a bedtime story unless it’s intentional to lull them to sleep... Zzzzz Thanks for the story inspiration Brendan! Summarized would be great! :)
Oh yes there is a summarised version. Its actually linked here, i think its in one of the later OSS post.

[F&V] Kokopelli: Kokobelly Prototype


Monday, Mar 19, 2018 - 06:11:58 pm

@ Francesca

Looking down at his floppy belly, Kokopelli realised that he had been gaining weight! Hence, Kokopelli decided to make a belly workout gear to motivate himself to get back to shape! To challenge himself further, his workout gear has to incorporate the following sound qualities: squeak, elastic medium, and threshold of pain.

And behold… join Kokopelli on his weight-loss journey and his amateur dabble Read more →

I’ve absolutely enjoyed seeing the  Kokobelly evolve. Excellent job girls! Do compile a complete “construction-cum-functional guide” showing how it is designed to train & shape up belly muscles for their entire Range of Motion & also a perspective drawing of Koko doing his belly workout:)

Kokopelli's Sound Shaper - Research

Yuen Jia Jun

Sunday, Mar 18, 2018 - 03:21:16 pm

@ Bird Whisperer

Body Part Nose

Function; The two openings in the nose care called nostrils, or napes. They lead to two nasal cavities that are separated by the septum, a wall of cartilage.

Bone – The bone cane be carefully and minimally shaved down to lower the height of the nasal bridge. Cartilage – The cartilage is the most altered part of the nose in rhinoplasties. To Read more →
Why’s the feature image not one of you JJ? Anyway I recently came across an image of someone blowing a party popper with his nose... lol perfect for Kokopelli’s nose chime ...


Lung Nok Wan

Sunday, Mar 18, 2018 - 02:55:38 pm




The hand has a total of 27 bones constituting the basic skeleton of the wrist and hand.

The hand has 4 fingers and a thumb.

Each finger has 3 bones and the thumb has two bones.

Fingers don’t have muscles to facilitate movement.

Every kind of possible action that fingers perform is controlled/regulated by muscles present in the palm and forehand.

ur Read more →

Nokwan, some interesting micro finger movement diagrams you found here! :) Do pair it with the various finger "soundshaper" prototypes you constructed in this post! You can combine all the research and sketch models you've done with Charissa in just one post.

[F&V] Pandora Revisited: The Sacred Pandora Ritual


Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 - 03:17:34 pm

@ Francesca

Categories: Pandora Revisited
Haha. Interesting concept. Francesca.... Couldn't you have cast your silicon mold twice? Then you'd have a sacred circle of 6 frozen modules enduring the frosty wintery night...
Hi Cheryl! I've tried recasting the ice multiple times but the holes at the bottom of the silicone mould got bigger, so the water kept leaking out before it can freeze. I'm still trying to mend the holes, will update the photos once I'm successful!

#002 : Kokopelli’s Sound Shaper

Jingyi Chen

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 - 01:21:47 am

@ hantallie

Kokopelli represents a mischievous trickster or the Minstrel, the spirit of music, also considered a symbol of fertility who brought well-being to the people, assuring success in hunting, planting and growing crops, and human conception. Often represented as a humpbacked flute player in a dancing pose. Kokopelli is associated with being a storyteller, teacher, healer, trickster, trader and a god.

For this project, we Read more →

Tags: 3d | research
Thorough anatomical research findings and I really enjoyed the breadth of your numerous origami explorations. :) I think you're spot on with your latest "spiralling cube" sound fabric which has successfully captured the range of motion for the neck... it seems rather limiting for the knee though based on what you've shown me and the Range of Motion sketches uploaded here. Hope the change of material (tracing paper) has helped in accentuating the sound component.