The Electronics Workbench is a new space in the Duderstadt Center. The Electronics Workbench has two soldering irons, an assortment of tools, and various electronic components and wire. It is intended for prototyping interactive projects, especially those that involve DIY electronics.
Last month we gave the first round of orientations for the space to get the Design Lab 1 consultants up to speed, and we are now ready to open the workbench up to students who have projects that could benefit from such a space. Due to the current size of the space, user access will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in gaining access to the space, or if you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playtime is a canonical film of architectural discourse, engaging academic and discursive personas including but not limited to Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Clement Greenberg, Guy Debord and Sergei Einstein. Joan Ockman of the University of Pennsylvania offers her analysis in “Architecture in a Mode of Distraction: Eight Takes on Jacques Tati’s Playtime” (Architecture and Film (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), pp.170-95), touching on concepts of the flâneur, postwar Franco-American relations, and urbanism. One of her takes on the film asserts that “Playtime‘s comic assault is directed against the reduction of spatial and cultural experience to a totalizing global language of techno-bureaucracy and consumerism.”
Shot on 70mm film, Playtime was critically hailed as a masterpiece, but underperformed commercially, eventually leading to the truncation of Tati’s career. Perhaps Maltin said it best, “Tati was totally devoted to his comic muse, and suffered when he moved too far ahead of his audience. It’s lamentable that he left behind so few films, but any five minutes of any of them is sufficient to restore his spirit.” Toward these ends, we share a couple of our favorite moments from Tati’s treasure, Playtime. Enjoy.
The second film is a stop-motion animation experiment of a beating heart–staged, filmed, and edited right here in Design Lab 1.
Raj will be starting the first ever animation club at the University of Michigan this semester! Check it out and head to the first meeting!
The Machine Animation Club
Meetings: Thursdays from 7 – 8pm
Mass Meeting: Thursday, February 6th from 7 – 8pm
For more info: email@example.com
Dinosaurs, death, and destruction — a thought-provoking and laughter-inducing dance on the grave of our inevitable demise. Cataclysmic destruction. Surprising survival. Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow, in its live show Apocalyptical. With their signature blend of storytelling, science, and music, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich romp through hundreds of millions of years of history to arrive at the end, again and again. Comedians Reggie Watts and Kurt Braunohler join the party, while musicians On Fillmore and Noveller create a cinematic live score before your eyes. Recorded live on stage in Seattle.
Keep your eyes on this space for more information for next semester’s film series and happy holidays!]]>