Faded Memory - The Biodegradable, and Edible, Record
Material Exploration ⋅ Design ⋅ Sound
MATERIAL 01: water
MATERIAL 02: secret
MATERIAL 03: secret
MATERIAL 04: secret
Project Code: bd02
What if you could mimic the idea of losing a memory on a playable vinyl record, while at the same time making it fully impermanent and biodegradable?
I had just finished an album themed around memories, and I was curious if there was a way to make a "vinyl" record that would play song that only existed on that record like a lost memory, and the more you listened or "accessed" it, the more it would degrade and fade away. The result would be an object that would become just a memory in the using it to its end result.
Early tests using a moulding method faild due to shrinking issues in the drying process and thus not making the grooves playable.
For the next attempt, I acquired a lo-fi lathed by Teenage Engineering and refined the material a bit more to work within its parameters and found success!
This is just the start, and with proper refinement to the material, and proper EQ on the cutting side, I'm trying to push this to a level that can work on high quality lathes and hopefully have a more flawless playback
Coco En Forma
Material Exploration ⋅ Design
MATERIAL 01: Coconut husk
MATERIAL 02: expired lime
MATERIAL 03: Maizena
MATERIAL 04: ocean water
Project Code: BD01
In a small fishing village in Nicaragua, with limited resources and an excess of Coconuts, Nicole Charles and I set out to create a formable material that relied as heavily as possible on the the immediate local materials and elements.
With constant power outages in the area effecting both the electricity and running water, we wanted to be able to create this material with out having to rely on having power. Using a non-electric gas stove and water directly from the ocean, we were able to bypass those issues.
On the beach near the property, a seawall made of large rocks had been erected in order to deal with rising water and tides associated with global climate change. In the day time, in the direct sun, temperatures would reach an average of around 40ºc, heating and getting stored within the rocks. We used this to our advantage in order to quickly dry the material so that mold growth would not happen in this very humid environment, as well as use the disinfecting properties of the sun along with the lime to help kill any harmful bacteria.
The Coco material was then formed over easily found objects (a Fanta bottle and a piece of the sea wall) to form usable objects such as a bowl and light shade.
With more time and resources, our goal is to create an easily made biodegradable material that could be used to help curb the waste that litters both the ocean and land. It would help with not only the garbage of the area, but could be an alternative to purchasing certain items in an area with little to no disposable income.