I’ve put together this gallery to show how the making of the Coral Empathy Device in PCI, NYU Shanghai progressed. Read the hilarious captions below, and visit the Coral Empathy Device on github for specs and issues.
The initial concept sketch for the Coral Empathy Device
I managed to prevail on the engeinners who look after the NYU Shanghai building to let me use their metalworking room. They took a good deal of convincing – aparrently tool use is quite gendered in China, so they initially just laughed awkwardly at the idea of me using an angle grinder and said it was too dangerous… Here’s the result. Turns out I do know what I’m doing and no one lost a limb.
Re-carpeting the Earth
Coiling copper to turn the globe into a resonating chamber using induction
I needed a few bits and bobs, which was a great excuse to head over to Shanghai’s electronics components market on East Beijing Lu
Little bit of tinkering. That LiPo doesnt have enough juice.
Work in progress at PCI, NYU Shanghai
Second coil added, and frame to hold the magnets to make the dome a speaker
First attempt to block out light with feathers was deemed “too annoying” by Anna Greenspan of Shanghai NYU’s IMA
So I settled for black fabric instead
Thanks to Shelby who was helping with production, I had these gorgeous 3D printed coral reefs
Coral Empathy Device at NYU Shanghai. Image courtesy of Green Shanghai, photographer Sevi Reyes. (April 2016)