Objects of Note @ VERSO

Automatic Affirmation-Max Lupo

Opening at VERSO on April 5th, is the exhibition of some brand new Objects of Note. The exhibition will include refined versions of my very favourite inventions, along with a set of my performances.

Opening Reception: Saturday April 5th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, 2014

 

VERSO

1160 Queen Street West
(behind INabstracto)
Toronto ON M6J1J5
416-533-6362

Performance Dates:

Saturday April 5th: 4:00 to 6:00pm
Saturday, April 12th: 12:00 to 4:00pm
Closing performance: Sunday, April 27 12:00 to 4:00

 

Info:

Max Lupo’s Objects of Note takes all of the things you never knew you wished you had, and puts them in one place. Are you your own worst enemy? Do you need a portable confidence booster? Are you disturbingly lonely while sitting around the house? These, and many other essential human dilemmas can all be solved by an Object of Note!

The devices on view present themselves as an object waiting to be touched, and it is through the user’s interaction that the limit of the device’s functionality is revealed. Together the viewer and artist will find that what the objects purport to do is both a very real reality, and an obvious sham.

Pictured at the top of this post is the new set of Automatic Affirmation Devices, I hope you can make it to see them!

 

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The Dial Me a Story Phone

Dial me a story phones

Stories of Stories

The Dial Me a Story Phone is a little invention to help bring a little story into your ear. The body is a classic Northern Telecom wall-phone, but the guts have had a bit of an upgrade.

This is the first version of the phone, where I used the original terminal block
This is the first version

The phone is powered by an Arduino, and the adafruit Wave Shield. The Arduino reads the pulses from the dial, and then selects a story stored on the SD card to play back. Kinda like a real phone! The story plays through the original speaker on the handset, though the microphone is non-functional in this iteration.

The first set of stories on the device were some dreams that I have recorded. I am always trying to accumulate more, and so during my last exhibition there was a “Write Me a Story Corner” where individuals could type-write me a new story.

 

 

 

HEY LOOK PICTURES

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New Exhibition: Objects of Note

Coming to Awkward Stage this Saturday is a new exhibition of my work titled, “Objects of Note”. The exhibition is a collection of my crazy inventions, all of which are more (and less) than they appear to be!

Max Lupo's Dial Me a Story Phone

Opening reception:
Saturday, September 21, 6-9pm

Awkward Stage
Lakeshore Mews (Simcoe + Mulcaster), Barrie

On display September 19 to October 12, 2013, Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

Info:

Max Lupo’s Objects of Note takes all of the things you never knew you wished you had, and puts them in one place. Are you your own worst enemy? Do you need a portable confidence booster? Or are you disturbingly lonely while sitting around the house? These, and many other essential human dilemmas can all be solved by an Object of Note!

The devices on view present themselves as an object waiting to be touched, and it is through the user’s interaction that the limit of the device’s functionality is revealed. Together the viewer and artist will find that what the objects purport to do is both a very real reality, and an obvious sham.

 

The above picture is a photograph of the Dial Me Story Phone, an invention making its premier at the exhibition. Are you coming? RSVP on Facebook! ALSO, all of these objects will be part an all night performance at this year’s Art Ce Soir (September 28, beginning at 7:00, at Awkward Stage and Lakeshore Mews in Barrie).

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The Thermal Printer Doorbell

Doorbells are boring. Everyone deserves a doorbell which introduces them to their visitor in an inviting way.

This is the Thermal Printing Doorbell. It plays a little melody, then leaves you a delightful, or passive-aggressive message. The truth is, answering the door is alternatively annoying or terrifying. The people that you would actually like to see most likely do not ring the doorbell anyway, and so the person at your door is more likely a Salesman, Witness, or some other annoying interjection into your day.

This is why you need the Thermal Printer Doorbell. To make answering the door a more delightful experience.

max_lupo_thermal_doorbell
With a look that says, “Go ahead, answer the door, it’s going to be alright”

On the inside.

This project uses an Arduino, and a small thermal printer from adafruit. In putting this together I was also greatly helped by this bildr tutorial. Also, I designed and 3D printed the enclosure, which holds everything together. Please, take a look at the design files on thingiverse. If you like, this link, includes all sources and schematics so that you can make your own. If there is interest, I can put together some build instructions. Note that for the Arduino Sketch you will adafruit’s Thermal library. Now the only thing that is left to do is 3D print a little eclosure for the ringer-button-thing!

HEY LOOK PICTURES

You can view the larger versions here.

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My New 3D Printer, The Delightful Printrbot Jr.

Isn't it just the cutest little 3D printer that you ever did see?
Isn’t it just the cutest little 3D printer that you ever did see?

Assembling The Tiny Bot

So many pieces...
So many pieces…

Just like the last time, I ordered a 3D printer and it arrived as a big 0l’ box of miscellaneous parts. This time I have acquired a Printrbot Jr. from printrbot.com.

As it happens, I (kind-of) absolutely love the assembly process…I don’t know why. It almost seems too easy, all you have to do is follow the instructions, then BAM your 3D Printer is complete!

Of course, the actual physical work of assembling the thing is some unusual mixture of frustration and excitement. In this case, I fount the Jr.’s instructions to be just a little bit imprecise at some points, but the finished bot is fantastic.

3d Printing and Me

So, why a new little 3D printer? I was attracted to the semi-portablity and size of the Printrbot Jr., as well as it’s low power requirements –it can print on battery power! Also, its build area is a little larger, and its print speed is a bit faster than my old Thing-O-Matic. These things are important because I just so happen to be teaching a small 3d printing course at Georgian College in the summer, which will be using the Jr.

Hey Look Pictures

 

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