Incorporating an artifice into a mundane daily task.
Introduction: We have been reading a lot about technology “taking over” and about the “artificial” increasingly blending with our definition of the “natural.” I wanted to play on the idea of how our every day, mundane tasks can be taken over by a machine or some kind of man-made system. My goal is to create 7 objects in 7 days that somehow transform my routine tasks into a machine controlled activity.
-I must make a tangible object using something that is in my apartment. No budget!
-The final object must be incorporated into one of my mundane daily tasks.
-There must be a video documentation of me using the object.
Project 1: How To Make a Cup of Tea With a Pulley System
One thing that I do almost every day is drink tea. Making tea is a fairly straight forward, easy task that anyone can do. I wanted to explore how I can insert an element of an artifice, a mechanical object, into a simple act such as making a cup of tea.
Result: YouTube video below + screen shot of video
Materials used and their limitations:
I used an erector set and elastic bands to set up a crane with a pulley system that would allow me to dip a tea bag into a cup of boiling water. As I have often experienced, erector sets are not very stable due to the poor quality of knots and b0lts. I had to improvise and use some wire to keep the object together. I also had to hold on to the base of the crane when it was being used so it didn’t lose its balance.