Elastic Measure Cup

This is the idea to produce an elastic measure cup out of Latex. I would still need to do more research in technical possibilities.
This is a photo-sketch for the principle:

Elastic Grid

In the same concept as the elastic meter, the elastic grid will be produced as A4 Sheet.
This is a handmade prototype. In my material research I could find this material

Modulor Latex (which can be extended by 800%)
and Modulor TPE (which is more resistent, and only 600% extendable).

Working with waterbased ink, but still breaking of: https://vimeo.com/43602856

Elastic Meter

In the attempt to produce an elastic meter, I finally found the material for it. I planned to have it ready for screen printing, but the quality of the screen with the marks for the measurements was too fine, so I need to reproduce the master drawing of the artwork. This is the second prototype of the elastic measure tape, which is still hand made.

here is a first prototype with 10cm


Travel Sickness Bag as measurement

New measure on the travel sickness bags from German Wings. The measurement at the bottom says: little hole in the air. At the middle of the bag: turbulunces. At the top: prices of competitors

Kit of no parts

Kit Of No Parts was a Master Thesis at MIT. The basic idea is to offer a set for physical computing for building electronics with little, cheap or easy affordable parts. For example circuits can be drawn with conductive ink. “ The collection of recipes and ingredients on this website describe how to build electronics from a wide variety of conductive and non-conductive materials using a range of traditional and contemporary craft techniques.“


The approach is very inspiring and promising. One aspect of relasticity is it’s affordability and flexibility. The less important, cheap, small and independent the bits are, the more flexible a system or solution is. This is the main reason for my interest in this approach. I hope I will have time to experiment with these things.

Quick Edit from Elastic PopUp in The Rocks


to get an idea what happened in George Street 85 1/2 in the first week in nov 2011. enjoy.

Stresstest with video camera

During the exhib with the rubberbands I installed a cam within the relastic web. I wanted to see how does the web itself see and how does it perceive the movements of the elastic structure. Here you get access to 2 videos. One of them is the isntallation of the camera, so that the setup is comprehensible. The second video is the point of view of the camera, it might get a bit delirious to watch it. However, the camera did not work anymore afterwards. I had to reset it, which was possible, but it seems like these kind of treatment is unusal for a camera – but in the end it survived the stress test.



short version POV cam

Cloth Processing

Kaz showed me this website for processing and a naturalistic appearance of a cloth.



Inertia, agility and natural, flexible mobility of animated icons (apple mac dock) and within this example here help to convey a feeling of a living element. This adds vibrancy / vitality (Jane Bennett) to the objects. In a further way, it is actually „agency“ which get’s tangible and comprehensible through an item being alive and animated – a life of its own.

new structure and focus

relasticity depends on the parallel possibility of 3 states or 3 situations: something is stable, something is stretchet, compressed or something is broken, snaped, split. Relasticity is the ecology to think all three states parallel. The image here is just a snapshot in time – therefore right now the structure can have changed already. fly got composted. image got deformed.


Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson (Pulsea) work together as Kobakant and have several websites online. Both approach physical computing on a pragmatic basis, they include it in wearable technology and work with low-budget material. Both aspects are crucial to be independent and elastic. A further thought creates my interest in their work: Mika and Hannah develop self-made stretch sensors, the knit and sew them and apply them for new, innovative purposes. To be able to be stretched (and compressed?) is a specific characteristic of elastic material. The participatory aspect of a force or of a user to impose pressure on something, influences the material. Elasticity is therefore not perceivable if there is no change or difference to be noticed.

For my research and investigation I’ll explore further with these kind of sensors to find out how I can employ their functionality and build it into measuring devices and other instruments to perceive elastity within structures. The experiments from Mika and Hannah can be seen here:





Original Meter

A picture of the original metre in Paris. Ken Alder writes about the phantastic story which took place between 1792 and 1799 to determine the meter. An interesting fact is that during the measurements for the original metre several mistakes happened, which led to the fact that the final original metre was a few milimetres too short: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/meter.html . This metre is quite unelastic as it is fixed in marble. Ken Alder shows on his webiste as well the method with which the original metre was established: The triangulation was the method to set the length of the metre. The exercise was made along the line of the meridian running through the Observatory in Paris from Dunkirk on the Channel in the north to Barcelona on the Mediterranean in the south.

For my research it is interesting that a straight line has to be determined by 3 points of views. This Wikipedia article states: „Triangulation today is used for many purposes, including surveying, navigation, metrology, astrometry, binocular vision, model rocketry and gun direction of weapons.“ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangulation)

Further interesting info on http://www.catnaps.org/cassini/cart.html

11.11.11 11.11

This was a short Pop-Up for 1hr and 11 min on 11.11.11 at 8.11pm in Sydney which was 11.11am in Cologne. This is the starting time of carneval in Germany. However, it is the day where many more things and events happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_11

This installation took place in the stair case of George Street 47. More images here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonanzabullshit/sets/72157629307280462/show/

A quick edit and take down video here: https://vimeo.com/32095030

Each event is a piece of paper. The complete installation is 24 meter of underwear rubber band, with the complete list of events listed in wikipedia. Visitors could access via the fire exit and pull the strings to see the 5 level installation in action.