My latest residency project with Noosa Library Service.
The overall goal was to get multiple artists, starting with me, to recreate their favourite places in Noosa, purely from memory. Each artist will create the location within Virtual Reality, using an application called Tilt Brush, from Google.
Once the places were all created, the goal is to incorporate all of them into a single read-only VR environment, which will have its default state as a 3D topographical map of Noosa.
Coronavirus continues to eat the world. Had my first interaction with a store for ~2 weeks. They’re limiting customers, wearing masks, but not disinfecting their hands between handling objects customers have given them.
We use better infection control, in non-pandemic times, with the VR systems at the Makerspace.
I put the deposit through on the power system upgrade at home, however on Sunday evening we heard that the electrician is postponing the install for a minimum two weeks, which is annoying as hell.
Well Coronavirus continues to ravage the world. With gatherings over 100 people banned, it looks like Cooroy Fusion Festival, where I was going to be doing a VR demo, is cancelled.
So I join the ranks of artists who’ve lost a gig, thanks to this most current of plagues. How’s that for being “relevant to the times”?
In other news, I’ve been getting quotes for sheet steel, and I think I’ve cracked the solution – a supplier, who’ll hopefully provide a sheet that’s thick enough to weld easily, but thin enough to not be 5x the price of the framing steel.
I’ve started constructing all the equipment I bought in the last few weeks – first the welding bench – an IKEA-directions product it was not.
Purchases have started as I gear up for getting back into welding. On Friday, I ordered a new welder – an AC/DC TIG system, with integrated Plasma Cutter, as well as a pair of welding curtains on roller-screens.
The avalanche has begun, and now I can only go forward to the end.
A lot of time spent in CAD, refining the design of my studio-in-a-box. The door has been a real conundrum – originally it was supposed to be a single full-width swing door, then I looked at roll-a-door (but they’re hyper-expensive), and sliding door options. Eventually, the trifold idea solved all the outstanding problems.
Originally I’d hoped to build the frame out of Stainless steel box-section, however at $220/6m length, vs. $24/6m of mild steel, I think the mild steel version is the way to go.
A week of research, finding out yet more information about my planned welding setup.
Friday I was in Brisbane, visiting machinery shops, and looking at industrial equipment. So far, I’ve checked out a “silent” air compressor, which isn’t any louder than an air conditioner’s outdoor component, and a metal-cutting bandsaw, which likewise is very quiet. Both of them are quiet enough to talk over, as opposed to normal compressors, or metal cold saws / abrasive saws, which require hearing protection to avoid permanent damage.
All in all, good ideas for equipment intended to be used in a residential area.
Most of the week has been spent trying to design a carport cupboard to keep my welding gear in.
We also had a session at the library Makerspace where we looked at the development of Noosa Mnemonic, and things are progressing. We have a definite path to produce a WebGL version of the project, which can be viewed in any modern browser.
It’s not a VR client, but it’ll do to demonstrate the concept, and perhaps attract notice, and funding, to flesh out a full VR client version.
In other things – here’s an example of why I bought the helmet-cam: