Blog Archive for Tag: howto
POST HACK or How To Send A Letter For Free:
A letter is a message written with a pen on a piece of paper (dead tree) which gets delivered in its physical original form[!!] to the recipients physical home address (house in a city i.e.). Wow, pretty cool concept, no?
- Materials: Paper (blank paper is ususally almost impossible to find but if you’re lucky there might be some sheets left in a printer near by), Pen (just ask your friend or cubical neighbor for a pen to borrow. I recommend to keep it after writing the letter, you might need it again later…)
- Write a letter (ask your friend for a FB like or something…) and fold the paper to an envelope (see video)
- Adress!: Now the important part! On the envelope
swapp the names of sender and recipient!put the real recipient in the field of the sender and make up a non existing address for the official recipient field.
- NO STAMP!! Send it off and wait for the letter to ‘return’ to the ‘sender’.
How does it work? The postal service will try to deliver the letter to the recipients home. Due to wrong address it will fail and the letter will ‘go back’ to ‘the sender’ which is the real recipient. In my first try below I just swapped sender and receiver which led to a visit at the post office in Berlin where I had to reject my own letter to make it ‘go back’ to ‘the sender’ in Berlin.
On Tuesday October 20th after class I posted the letter at a letter box (funny metal container in public, different colors depending on the country you re in) in Kassel
Since I put my real address as recipient the Deutsche Post did send me a note (another piece of paper!) to my Berlin address to let me know they have a letter for me. They also announced it’s gonna cost extra money because the sender was so stupid to put no stamp.
So I went to the Post office on Torstrasse in Berlin and told the clerk that I don t know the sender and that I m not gonna pay 62 cents + 51 cents fine for this strange piece of paper. No problem she said and filed it away…
Finally!! Yesterday on Sunday (prolly on Saturday, five days later) the letter arrived at Constants place in Berlin. Thanks for the tweet! 🙂 https://twitter.com/constantdull/status/657978567381397504 Love it! What a beautiful envelope with all these extra notes and stamps on it.
You always wanted to shoot hands free Point Of View video but there is no Google Glass or a GoPro around? Here is how you can make a simple POV headband to shoot video from your forehead with your phone! “Yes, I am actually filming you!”
1. Materials & tools: Sticky velcro, headband, scissors, needle and thread.
2. Stick the sturdy side of the velcro to your phone.
3. Any headband, winter or sports stlyle should be fine.
4. Stick the soft side of the velcro to the headband. For safety do a few stiches on the four corners.
5. Stick the phone to the headband.
6. Done! Make a lot of them! Shoot POV video together with your friends!
Aram Bartholl: Point Of View at Babycastles (FB), NYC
Feb 20. – April 10, 2015, Preview Feb 19, 6:00 pm (RSVP)
Workshop on opening night: Build your own POV head band for your phone!
Point Of Vision video shooting experiments with Atlantic Center of the Arts residents: Bonnie Ebner, Sally Hill, Maja Kalogera, Katie Loughmiller, Jane Remick, Tom Smith, Chase Starr, Merav Tzur at BayBar New Smyrna Beach, Oct 2014
THX everyone!!! :))
See also KATSU Mumble Cam™ for super quick & dirty POV video shooting!
or ‘YOU GOTTA FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PAAARTY (ANONYMOUSLY!!)
This is not a hoax! It really works! But you ll need some extra training for your neck muscles 😉 Don’t be worried about party pictures any more. Just keep your head tilted when ever a friend pulls a camera or you travel to the UK. You’ll be safe! In case you are not an expert in software like Kyle’s ofxFaceTracker you can also test this just with your phone or camera. Facial recognition is default nowadays (especially on all the Faceboogles….)!!
by Kyle McDonald & Aram Bartholl
first posted on fffff.at/how-to-avoid-facial-recognition May 9 2012
http://youtu.be/eE26y-r63vY, track byDanny Dive Thru
I am very pleased to finally publish this new project I’ve been working on the last couple months (def. not a Speed Project 😉 It was premiered last week at my solo show opening ‘Reply All’ at [DAM] Berlin. If you are in town drop by, check out the show and make your own mask! FOR FREE!!
Solo show: Aram Bartholl, January 28 – 10th March 10 2012
[DAM] Berlin, Neue Jakobstr. 6/7, 10179 Berlin
- polysterol 1-1,5 mm, 23 x 33 cm
- hose, hose connectors
- vacuum hand pump, (camping supply)
- wooden board, rods
- stop watch
- original, prototype or master mask to make copies from
- positive plaster cast from mask
- additional plaster modeling (chin and forehead) optional
- negative plaster cast from model to obtain master mold
- include hose, hose connector and holes for decompression in the cast
- toaster parts rearranged to heating board, mounted on stand
- heat 1mm polysterol approx. 2 min in 6cm distance
- and keep pumping !!
all pics on flickr!
Vacuum forming is a quite old technique and is used a lot in mass industry especially packaging and such. The lid of your coffee cup is vacuum form i.e. Students in product design are used to vacuum form their prototypes, it’s a very common technique in that field. You also find all kinds of tutorials on the web how to build your own DIY vacuum former (Instructables). The one I am proposing is less flexible in what you can produce but are able to produce the same piece in a rather fast cycle (2:30 min) The setup above was inspired by this video.
I think we live in a super interesting era. This is just the start of a paradigm shift from mass industry production to self DIY fabrication. And it s going to get very interesting with all the patents and copyright issues for physical objects very soon. Like Cory Doctorow puts it: “… to fight what we thought was the final boss at the end of the game, but it turns out it’s just been the mini-boss at the end of the level, and the stakes are only going to get higher.” I am super curious to see someone print a pair of Nike sneakers on the new makerbot replicator or just imagine Apple would sue everyone because your DIY tablet looks like an iPad. It might happen soon. – Aram Bartholl 2012
Build your own vacuum forming gear today. Copy, experiment and remix! Start coping physical things! And keep pumping!! 😉
Transparent Guy Fawkes
“You don’t know the power of the dark side! We are Legion. The force is with you. Expect us. Join the dark side !”
“How To Vacuum Form”
by Aram Bartholl 2012
[1st published on fffffat]
Art aware hackers!! Your code can be art! Yes, no kidding!!!
Recent events have shown again that computer code and its power is still underestimated by the public and governments. The way software is written, it s quality, openess, closedness etc. has a very high impact on which way society is taking. Some small changes or features in code can result in an enormous loss of democratic values or lead to a hidden surveillance state. Because comparably only few people can read and understand code it is so important we communicate it, discuss it in public and make it art! 🙂
Congrats to the CCC for revealing and revers engeneering this incredible piece of software and to FAZ (a leading german news paper, circulation of 360.000) which went of the charts by printing 5 full pages assembler code. Awesome!
BOINGBOING: Chaos Computer Club cracks Germany’s illegal government malware, a trojan that spies on your PC and lets anyone off the street hijack it
Germany’s Chaos Computer Club published the sourcecode for a piece of malware used by the German government to spy on citizens. The software was discovered in the wild and reverse engineered. It can be used to spy on or control remote PCs. Because of flaws in the software, anyone who was infected with this by German police was vulnerable to spying by “anyone on the street.” The German supreme court banned the use of trojans to spy on German citizens in 2008. ….