Windows from Prisons USA

My teacher told me about this – Windows from Prisons – this is an amazing project that combines the two things I am passionate about, damn, I wish I had thought of that myself ūüôā

In America they really seem to be¬†into their community support prison programs. Of course they’d want to be, with the highest incarceration rate in the world. Nonetheless, the fact that some many ordinary people get behind these project, communicate and connect, that I admire.

Windows From Prison*¬†is an ongoing project that uses photography as a way to connect incarcerated men, women, and teens to their past while creating space and humanistic entry points for students, faculty, NGO’s, family members of incarcerated individuals, former prisoners, and policy makers to engage with the sources, impacts, and alternatives to mass incarceration.

Beginning with creative writing workshops with incarcerated men, women, and teens, the project asks:

‚ÄúIf you could have window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?‚ÄĚ

These responses become photo requests that are collaboratively produced by students, former prisoners, artists, activists, and many others.

Do check them out http://www.windowsfromprison.com/

And here’s an article in the Guardian with more photos.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/aug/05/windows-from-prison-view-jail-cells-project-us-inmates-in-pictures#comments

Upcoming-The Last Lingonberry in Kivinokka in Helsinki

Kivinokka is a peninsula on the seaside in Helsinki. The nature reserve a place of summer cottages, gardening allotments, forest walks and an annual environmental art exhibition. This year I’m taking part in the show, that is in its 11th year running.

A group of former and current EA students of Aalto, we called the exhibition “The Last Lingonberry”, to reference the constant threat of building development in the area, as well as the recent decision to discontinue the Environmental Art program in the University.

More about the exhibition here.

Here’s a sneak peek of my work, six interventions located throughout the area,¬†to be discovered accidently.

Circa 2014 (2014), Installation in a cultivated forest

Cirka 2014 Circa 2014

 

Nanohacking Workshop

Organised by Biofilia course for secondary school students, the 4 day workshop in Dec.2013 explored nano scale through accessible devices. 

Here’s some water droplets floating on a sheet of paper, sprayed with some kind of car cleaner or lock opener.

nano drops

Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller, a researcher and a nano enthusiast, talked to us about the variety of nano scale particles’ applications, from making cheese to organ replacement. His own approach is simple, and he strives not just for Do It Yourself, but for Do It With Others and believes that knowledge should be accessible. ¬†He fits his nanohacking lab in a box, and travels around the world to teach kids about the beauty of science.

Here we made a nano microscope out of a phone camera and a lens borrowed from a laser pointer. Single pixels on a phone screen (which are nano size) are visible through it.

camera phone 1 camera phone 2

Nano:

The concepts that seeded nanotechnology were first discussed in 1959 by renowned physicist¬†Richard Feynman¬†in his talk¬†There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom, in which he described the possibility of synthesis via direct manipulation of atoms. The term “nano-technology” was first used by¬†Norio Taniguchi¬†in 1974, though it was not widely known.

Nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale. This covers both current work and concepts that are more advanced. In its original sense, nanotechnology refers to the projected ability to construct items from the bottom up, using techniques and tools being developed today to make complete, high performance products.

Here’s some nail varnish on a water surfaces. The layer is only a few nanometers thick.

single layer of nail varnish

One¬†nanometer¬†(nm) is one billionth, or 10‚ąí9, of a meter.To put that scale in another context, the comparative size of a nanometer to a meter is the same as that of a marble to the size of the earth.¬†Or another way of putting it: a nanometer is the amount an average man’s beard grows in the time it takes him to raise the razor to his face. (Thank you wikipedia for this lovely information).

You can see it with an electronic microscope. Some everyday things, however, are made up of only a few layers of nano particles and can produce interesting images if looked at under a light microscope.With some of the experiments, I wasn’t sure how exactly it is related to nano technology, but it was fun to play with anyway.

We made circuit boards by exposing bit of wired plastic prepared before hand to light, soaking them in some kind of solution, and wiring them to a speaker and a light bulb. If you rub the board with the your fingers, the speaker makes sounds.

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We constructed a mini projector/microscope to look at contents of a water drop, containing some small organisms.

laser box 1

Hanging a plastic chrystal in front of it added some drama.

laser box 2PS: I really really want this book Molecular Aesthetics  which sounds like a great contemporary researcher merging art and science.It really seems like something where art is heading.

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PPS : Check out this guy who desings working, helping, medical devices http://littledevices.org/research/