Pataphysical Time

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Pataphysical Time
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We spent another magnificent afternoon at Pataphysical Studios this Saturday, making art together … and playing at the edges of time.

Our visitors this week were Jim Neidhardt (now Dr. Neidhardt) and his lovely wife Denise (Dr. Now?), longtime friends of Drs. Rindbrain, Skidz and the Queen of the Desert. Jim showed us the ‘hypno-disks’ he is working on to create experiences like this surreal Duchamp film, Anemic Cinema:

We had a great conversation and I knew they were like-minded folks when Dr. Neidhardt and I both exclaimed at the same time the same exact phrase: “Life IS Change!”. Jim is interested in contributing to our madcap art adventure, so stay tuned. Learn more about his work at:

Throughout the day, we brainstormed more ideas for our new Time Machine, while working on sundry maker art projects:
• Dr. Rindbrain and Canard put the finishing touches on their music box
• Drs. Figurine and Heatshrink prepared to assemble a theremin together
• Dr. Fabio drew a first sketch of what a time controller might look like
• Dr. Igor and Heatshrink both gave Dr. Figurine nice gifts for her birthday
• Dr. Tout de Suite considered lighting up her goggles, chose to paint instead
• Dr. Zboon discussed time travel and made a birthday card for his friend Ernesto
• Dr. Canard created a colorful zen map, inviting other doctors to art it up
• Dr. Rindbrain added more rainbow-colored lights to the Time Machine framework

It was great to stretch out to the edges of time and back again in the company of my friends.

Fire in the hole!

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Maker Art: Animals On The Loose at the Lycée
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Here are photos of our fourth maker art class for lower school children at the Lycée Français in Sausalito. Students are now making a Chinese New Year Wonderbox, creating a small diorama with an animal from the Chinese Zodiac in a decorated cardboard box — combining art and technology to bring their work to life.

In this class, children started working on their animal characters, using wood figures we made earlier with a laser cutter. They explored different ways to make their animals move, using hobby motors connected to a AA batteries with alligator clips.

Students loved this activity, and all succeeded in making their motors work and animate their art, as this video shows. This hands-on, project-based activity seems effective for teaching how electricity and motors work, in a playful way that makes science more fun. The children are responding well to this approach: they learn by doing and seem engaged by the freedom to create their own interactive art.

Next week, they will add LEDs for the eyes, decorate their animals and install them in their boxes. You can follow our progress in our Maker Art photo album, where we post weekly updates:

Many thanks to my associate Cynthia Gilbert, who provides invaluable help in the classroom on a volunteer basis — as well as school parent Jules Maeght, Josephine’s dad, who kindly offered to give us a hand today. We’re very lucky to have so many generous collaborators on this project. Merci!

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My laptop is busted
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The driver’s side hinge has busted off from the computer… I give my computer about 2 more weeks before it completely dissolves into dust and pixels.

Filmed a music video at Twitter hq yesterday and I’ve been working on my Makers Faire projects all morning… This picture is sort of the three things on my mind today.

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