Semester Project Aija & Dennis
Amazed by the reaction of magnets and ferrofluids in water, we set out to explore its visual features in motion.
The goal: Create a generative art display using electromagnets.
BUY A GLASS BOTTLE WITH STRAIGHT WALLS.
(The size of the bottle depends on how big you want the installation to be).
- Don’t buy a plastic bottle – ferrofluid will smear the walls
- Do buy a cheap, transparent liquor bottle – alcohol will prevent ferrofluid staining
MAKE OR BUY YOUR FERROFLUID.
- If you choose to make your own ferrofluid make sure that the printer ink is magnetic
- Use mask to protect your mouth and nose while working with ink to protect your body from diseases
- Use vegetable oil only
- Have fun making it!
FILL THE GLASS BOTTLE WITH TAP WATER UNTIL THE VERY TOP AND DRIP FERROFLUID DROPS IN THE BOTTLE.
- Before closing the bottle make sure the water reaches the very top of the bottle, to avoid air bubbles in the bottle
- Close the bottle good, you may even tape it
TEST YOUR FERROFLUID.
- Play with the quantities of magnets – see what happens using just one magnet and using all your magnets at once
- Experiment with the distance between ferrofluid and magnet
- Don’t use two separate magnets to divide ferrofluid, it destroys the ferrofluid’s qualities and is harder to unite the pieces together
ORDER ARDUINO & OTHER COMPONENTS.
- Don’t buy expensive devices, order them from China and save your money
To see the full project documentation.
You are interested in interactive graphics/products or interface design, electronics, programming, web/mobile user experience? Then check out the service designs developed in course Advanced IxD WS 19/20.
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