Here’s a peek at the creation of Shih Chieh Huang's 99Plus, one of ten original installations that make up ReGeneration, NYSCI’s new exhibition exploring cultural sustainability opening October 27. The piece is an integration of science and technology, reflecting the various adaptations and interactions of living beings in a complex, evolving environment.

The installation is constructed largely of items found at dollar discount stores throughout Queens neighborhoods, combined with LEDs, computer fans, microcontrollers and inflatables. The resulting exhibit features electronic, kinetic sculptures that make noise, generate patterns of light and movement, and generally interact with one another in an animal-like ecology.

As the world becomes more connected geographically and electronically, across linguistic, cultural and physical boundaries, it becomes more important to synthesize an ecological understanding of the way humans interact in a cooperative environment. Viewers will ideally walk away from the exhibit with a notion of themselves in an incomprehensible but beautiful and ultimately generous understanding of social structures.

ReGeneration: Biomodd prototype now at NYSCI

Screen shot of Biomodd virtual world

NYSCI is revving up for the next exhibit ReGeneration, with artist Angelo Vermeulen and team building the first part of the window garden for his Biomodd project, right now in NYSCI’s Central Pavilion. 

This week, the virtual world that will run on the Biomodd computer network is being developed (above image), and students at Parsons are creating concepts and prototypes for “caretaking robots” as part of the Biomodd Collaboration Studio.

If you want to learn more about Angelo’s project and his work, and you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, he is giving a lecture and demonstration at UCLA tomorrow.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for the long awaited opening of ReGeneration on October 27, 2012, at NYSCI.

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Llaves Designs reminds us that sometimes the best part of making things is destroying them. Pinata making workshops will have you swinging at some of your very own paper mache magic.

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Llaves Designs reminds us that sometimes the best part of making things is destroying them. Pinata making workshops will have you swinging at some of your very own paper mache magic.

Beauty in the Eye of the Microscope

A rose by any other name … Oh wait, those are stink bug eggs.

Through Friday, the eighth Olympus BioScapes Imaging Competition brings images of beauty captured under light microscopes to our museum. The winning images were selected from more than 2,000 submissions and reflect the latest advances in neuroscience and cell biology. Visitors can marvel at the beauty of stink bug eggs, be awed by the iridescent colors of a damselfly eye, and yes, even admire the peony-like splendor of a fruit fly’s ovaries.

And you thought you’d seen everything.

Photo: Stink Bug Eggs by Haris Antonopoulos

An intro to Patrick Svilans at Maker Faire NYC, 2011

Hooking Up at World Maker Faire

Not many people can say they’ve hooked up with the four elements, but NYSCI Librarian Rebecca Reitz is working towards doing just that.

Wielding only a crochet hook, Rebecca will use yarn, beads, seashells and other decorative items to create her fiber art piece EARTH.AIR.FIRE.WATER. The first part of the project will focus on Earth and will be displayed at World Maker Faire, a two-day festival celebrating the do-it-yourself movement.

Rebecca’s EARTH project was inspired by a recent vacation in the Adirondacks. Using yarn with various hues of greens and browns, and lots of improvisation (inventing the patterns as she crochets), she has created afghan squares of various Earth-themed subjects, which will be exhibited at World Maker Faire.

“I like reinterpreting the world in crochet – a medium I love,” said Rebecca. “People find a form of expression that best suits their character, and I found crochet.”

Since she was a teenager, Rebecca has been crocheting a variety of items including hats, scarves, blankets and even some molecule-inspired jewelry. At last year’s Faire, she presented three-dimensional, crocheted mushrooms attached to real pieces of wood. And NYSCI’s Science Technology Library displays some of her yarn-bombing work year-round.

To learn more about her art, hook up with Rebecca at World Maker Faire, which will be held at NYSCI on September 17 and 18.

The New York Hall of Science, in conjunction with, presents ReGeneration, a summer-long exhibition debuting in 2012 with related programming in and around NYSCI. In total, ReGeneration will engage 14 artists or artist groups in creating and presenting work that explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology and science. More information about ReGeneration can be found here.