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DIY Tech Blog Spotlights Great Art

by Miranda Trimmier 


Tags: Arts, visual art, DIY, technology, artistic process, construction, voice knitting machine, shopping cart circle, photographs, Magdalena Kohler, Hanna Wiesener, Robert Wechler, Chris OShea, Cinimod Studio, Beacon light installation, Make Magazine,

Make bills itself as the magazine for “technology on your time,” and its blog spotlights all manner of DIY tech projects. But the site’s eye for creative, unusual work, and its tone—cheeky, accessible, and infinitely curious—makes it one of my favorite web destinations for art. The blog presents pieces with the exploratory ethos of a science fair, reveling in the geeky pragmatics of process and construction. Here's a sampling of projects that Make has covered recently:

Magdalena Kohler and Hanna Wiesener built a voice knitting machine that translates vocal frequencies into knitted patterns:

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Robert Wechler's public art relies on the natural curve in a line of shopping carts:

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Chris O’Shea and Cinimod Studio’s kinetic light installation “Beacon” interacts with visitors as they move through a gallery space:

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