Thursday, December 1, 2011


Been thinking lately about moving away from a challenge-based approach for my next experiment and focusing on observation. When I worked on the Outdoor Exploratorium project, I always wanted to do a piece that would allow folks to play with different types of observation tools and skills.

So I'm starting to brainstorm what those might be, and what type of platform it would take to make it transportable. I may still include a challenge in it, but the challenge may be around what it is you are looking at.

Image by Flickr/Warm Sleepy


  1. slo mo! a must have. everyone should see themselves jumping in slo mo, or in super slo mo see a slap to their faces. Here are a couple of links to slomo things I have been doing lately with a 200 casio camera...

    Time lapse is also good, you can do that on iphones etc nowadays for very little money.

    If you want to step up, Dave Durlach of technofrolics has an awesome video spinner real time video capture. We did an incredible jello drop with this device. Endless fun. We can tell you more, just shoot me an email

  2. oh another really simple thing is a picture frame with a handle on it. just let people hold it up to a scene to compose a picture, and then take a picture. You can do the same thing with smoked glass, or a distorting lens. Framing something helps you notice it.

  3. Hey Eric, I'm a big fan of the framing concept. Works well outdoors since it's so... big. Love adding the picture taking to it!

    Slo-mo- now you're going into techno which is a little hard to do in this context but so effective it's worth investigating. Thank you! What I love about Dave's work is of course the whole spin browser world. I remember Diane Whitmore in the Exploratorium Bio Lab had a terrarium growing a giant mushroom with a spin browser tracking the recent past. It was fascinating. To do something like that in an accessible fashion outdoors would be quite amazing. I have stayed away from technology because it adds a layer of complexity outdoors that is hard to handle. This is an excellent experiment for an indoor exhibition unless I decide I want to add in power!