In the second part of this installation, I added sensors that will trigger siren and objects to obstruct people to take the candy. One pressure sensor will be place on the floor where the weights will be, this will trigger the siren. While another pressure sensor will be below the weight to turn on the object that will swing 360 to hit on people’s leg.
I started coding by using max, connect through icubex to the pressure sensor. The problem I face was when I wanted to test it in my laptop, after I install everything is needed such as library and driver but the USB port seems not recognising icubex, hence no sensor can be detect in max or connect. In the end after search the problem in the internet, I realise it was the system security that was blocking the driver. Icubex can be detected after it was unblocked.
Next, the number received from the sensor will send a bang to trigger the sound. Another sensor are connect to Arduino through serial communication and sending numbers 0 and 1. Initially in arduino, I uses delay to control the motor, but it cause problems in my system as it will lack and cause the numbers to stack up. So I change to Millis instead, so when the weight a place down it will instantly stop the turning.
Safety is the top concern in this project due to the candy will be hanging at the top. I did some research in the method of the rope and also Fabian told me about a method clove hitch knot that can be self-tighten.
I did a 2 time trial with the weights and uses 2 types of knots, clove hitch and figure of 8. Figure of 8 are used by rock climbers to tie on to their harness which I feel it will be helpful and secure my project.
After settled all the knots, 1 pulley are tied to the railing to create this simple pulley system. However, the test out wasn’t the effect I thought of because the lowing speed was really fast when short amount of rope are being pull, this will make my dangling candy shorter.
So moving on to second trial was using compound pulley.
This method make it slower but as for my height it still reachable so I need to add on of more pulley to lengthen the distance. At first the second pulley was place near to the start of the rope, it make the pulley system really hard to move. So it was shifted near to the centre afterwards and the lengthen helps to slow down the whole process. More ropes are needed to lower the weight. I also added twin pulley instead of the separated pulley 1 and 3, it helps to reduce the friction between the ropes.
As for the frame for the candies, it was made up of 4 metal wire frame from diaso. It was combine together by cable tie and also the wooden stick to stop the bending. Strings are tie to the wire frame to attached the candies later on.
The concept behind this interactive installation was derived from an idiom “like taking candy from a baby” which referring to an easy task to be done. However, in reality we all have different good point and bad points in achieving things. From this installation will be using candy place at a high level where participants will need to lift up 1 KG of rice in order to lower down the candy so they can grab it. Yet it is not achievable for most people unless you are taller than the general height. From this I hope to bring out the irony of the idiom like taking candy from a baby, its easy to certain people but all people will find it easy.
Research of The form for the installation
Initially, I wanted to use wire frame and place the sweets in the square hanging but I felt it was quite flat.
I came across this anonymous trio of artists, known simply as three that exhibit at Shiseido Egg Gallery . It was hang in a shape of house that includes 7000 candy. They also invite the visitor to pick of to eat and discard it at a corner beside this installation. It was to reflect the damage cause by the earthquake and tsunami that his the artist’s hometown in Japan, Fukushima from house being damage into waste.
I really like the concept and the use of colourful and different kinds of colourful candy in this installation. The candy are pack into a strips of plastic and with perforated in between for visitor to detach. The overall form was neatly arranged in rows which something I can reference for my installation.
As for this they group the same colour of lollipops together which shows contrast between the two colours. It was hanging in rhythmic order that creates a more lively overall which was very different in the previous example.
I also could use the wire frame as the support for all the candy that will be attached to the pulley and 1KG rice. Hanging them at the same level also looks interesting.
Something to note from my previous experience with 100 things, small things might look very little from far. Candy might be too small in size to be like this. I might need a lot of candy.
This example hand its object in spiral and playing around with colours. Probably not that suitable in my projects as I felt it might mislead people with the form itself.
I really like how in this installation show its complexity and quantity that similar to the first candy installation. This was much more complicated and in random which I feel its more natural.
My first ideas was using pulley to create a space for people to interact with the space. There are a few section where the viewer can pull the string to see what happen next, such as using fishing net and turning on a light. After receiving feedback from the class, this ideas was a bit too direct and might only keep the view for awhile.
I continue to develop more ideas using with pulley and also explore other material. I though of object like using repetitive pencils and explore different ways of writing using strings. Or creating a maze with corrugated boxes or using strings to create a swings.
In the end I arrive with this idea where the viewer would need to participate to get something. The wire frame are attached with many different kind of sweets, it will be hanging on top and using pulley to stabilise, on the another end I will be using 1KG rice both will be placing at distant apart. In order to get the sweets the views must work together, one person to lift up the 1kg rice another to take the sweets.