<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/245654112″>ORCHID LAVA 2a</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user2116950″>Nire</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


I chose to work with some of the orchids that mimic animals, insects and people for this After Effects animation.  I’m fascinated and have a great amount of respect for plant medicine and wisdom and feel as though these orchids provide a cosmic joke and secret if we look closely enough. All people worldwide originally had a strong relationship with nature and knowledge of what plants can do for people, that we’re now greatly severed from.  One idea / theme I’m interested in exploring more is the relationship of death and the dead in the US.  It’s very taboo and I think causes a certain type of neurosis in the culture.  This animation is a baby creation story and a small narrative of how living beings are temporal and constantly surrounded by their mortality and frequently a few degrees from death more than we care to think about, yet the orchids (beings) are able to have fun despite this.

Fabrication – enclosure

I chose to make a speaker enclosure that I will be using for PComp out of PVC. I cut small pieces of PVC tube on the miter saw to use as connectors between the curved pieces.

i will be attaching a mirrored acrylic base to it today.

The pipes at Home Depot were called 2″ but the opening is larger than that, so the Bluetooth speakers I bought fall right through, I’m going to purchase larger ones that can click in and out. For now I’m using bubble wrap and have the top pieces tilted up, which looks better aesthetically as well. I’m considering using mod podge and doing some sort of collage on it or try covering it in cement, i do also like it white, so thinking of somehow making it a glossy finish.

Im going to incorporate this into my pcomp final, where there will be two audio outputs, one will be inside a bowl of water – whose output is triggered by a theremin, that controls whale sounds, pitch and delay through p5js. A plant will be suspended in the middle of the water that has a biofeedback system that gets translated to MIDI and will be run through ableton. This pipe enclosure will be the output for the plant. There’s a place in the middle on top of the speakers, for an air plant.

PComp ICM Final Update – Plant-Water/You Duet

For my final project I’m building off of the midterm project light theremin, having it now trigger whale sounds in p5, with the theremin affecting the pitch.

The theremin will trigger sound in p5 whose audio output is routed to a waterproof speaker that will be in a clear plastic bowl. There will be a plant suspended in the middle of the bowl with the roots inside the water – the plant will be connected to MIDISprout which uses electrodes to read micro-electrical shifts in the plant and then translates it to MIDI data. This will be connected ultimately to Ableton Live.
Touching the plant is usually the trigger for Midisprout’s change in notes but I’m going to have the audio from the theremin trigger the shifts,  because the water in the bowl will make various vibrations according to the pitch played.
For my midterm the audio traveling through the water created cymatic patterns that corresponded to the frequency – the hope is that the patterns will still form around the plant as well, but is not essential for this concept at this point.
This will enable the user to trigger a range of sound from p5 that could be used to duet with the plant since the plant will be generating sound from the vibrations of the MIDIsprout.
MiDISprout connected to Ableton:

Whale sounds and pitch:




Whale Sound Example:


The 2 light theremins would control the pitch and delay – currently corresponding to the bubble images.

The background of the sketch will be whale video footage whose speed will correspond with the pitch, that I’d like to project overhead onto the water.

Week #3 – Laser Cutting – Nazca Light Mobile

I made an acrylic light mobile based off the ancient geoglyph land etchings in Peru called “Nazca”.

I did a test on the cardboard for one shape on the 75w printer, but regret not doing the whole actual size because I confused the sizing when I switched it over to the bedding size file. This cut off the ends of the 2 birds’ tails.


I had the settings at 18″ acrylic but for some reason it took 4 passes to finally cut through.



I did the base on the 50w machine and didn’t have any problems.

I tied the nazca line shapes to the top with clear fishing wire.

ICM Final Proposal – Whale Song Sensory Integration

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For my ICM final, I’m collaborating with Jaqi Garcia, a teacher who works with children on the Autism spectrum and incorporates social emotional learning in her curriculum. We’re building on the “Whale Song” piece for children with sensory integration challenges, referred to by some as “Sensory Processing Disorder”.  SPD is a condition where multi-sensory integration is not adequately processed in order to provide appropriate responses to the demands of an environment. This effects some people on the autism spectrum, but also includes neurologically “typical” children/adults that have mild multi-sensory integration challenges.

Processing systems work differently for every individual, we all have 1 or 2 senses that are more acute than others.

Occupational therapists find ways to anchor children with SPD using sensory stimulation that is right for the individual, working with tools such as weighted blankets, LED blankets or trampolines.

Various sensory systems include tactile, auditory, visual and proprioception, which is the sense of your gravitational center.

We would like to sync the Whale sounds and visuals with a gel pad with a magnetic that children can push around, triggering the effects on the sound.


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This might seem that it would overwhelm a child with sensory sensitivities but it actually  syncs the multi-sensory input (sonic, tactile and visual) in a way that is cohesive and the child has control over.  This increases the communication between the processing systems, helping with integration and regulation of their nervous system.

Constructive cause and effect activities anchor all children.  The tactile, auditory, visual interactivity of the “Whale Song” can also help children with attention challenges as well.

I’m going to expand on the current Whale Song:


and animate the whale and bubbles so they look more apart of the environment. I’ll map the bubbles to the marbles within the gel pad with sensors.

Uses: in home, therapeutic environments, classrooms, any place.







Final Project Proposal

I’d like to continue to work with sound and organic or “organic-like” material such as magnetic putty that moves in animated way. I’ve been exploring ways to expand on the Cymatics midterm. I’m interested in possibly incorporating wearables in some way and plant sensors to triggers sounds.



Ferrofluid and magnets


Magnetic Putty

Plant Triggers


Intro to Fabrication Week #1 – Selenite Flashlight

I decided to use a Selenite crystal for the flashlight and drilled the crystal starting with the smallest drill bit, increasing to the size of the LED. I connected it with two 1.5V batteries and a battery holder with a switch. The base of the flashlight is made out of a plastic vitamin bottle that I glued for security with a bottom hole cut out for the switch.



PComp #5 – Garden Box Theremin

I made this sound and light theremin following the Arduino Theremin instructions in the booklet. I used recycled materials from my house including a small cardboard box that housed nut cheese and some magazine photos and tape. I had a bunch of leaves in a vase that were on their way out, and decided to use them to camouflage the inside of the box, the arduino and breadboard. It also creates a little bit of stability for them and making movement less inside the box, the piece is still pretty delicate. I placed it so it still looks wild, the only piece of the circuit that’s visible is the photoresistor. One of the leaves is acting like a lever to open and close the box, triggering the scale in Arduino. There’s a whole in the side of the box to connect USB from Arudino to computer. The photoresistor is triggering the Theremin in the Arduino.

Arduino Theremin Garden Box from Nire ITP on Vimeo.

This is the code I used:
int sensorValue;
int sensorLow = 1023;
int sensorHigh = 0;
const int ledPin = 13;

void setup() {
digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
while (millis() sensorHigh){
sensorHigh = sensorValue;
if (sensorValue < sensorLow) {
sensorLow = sensorValue;

digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);

void loop() {
sensorValue = analogRead(A0);
int pitch =
map(sensorValue,sensorLow,sensorHigh, 50, 4000);

PComp #4 – Keyboard Instrument

When I first set up the circuit board and wrote the code, the first note didn’t play, I tried switching out a button but that didn’t make a difference. Then I unplugged the wire going into the button and the other buttons were still playing notes so I figured maybe that wire needed to be switched out, I think even though it clicked in on both sides, it was a touch too short. Once I put a new wire in, the 1st button started playing.

1st Key Not Working from Nire ITP on Vimeo.

At first there were code errors, I eventually realized that there multiple curly brackets at the end of the code, when I erased them, it ran smoothly.

Playing 15 seconds of “Lean on Me”:

15 seconds Lean On Me Arduino from Nire ITP on Vimeo.




PComp Class #3

Public Interactive Tech: Link NYC, various locations, observed 14th st & 5th ave.


The kiosk has a clean and simple interface. It’s free to use which adds to how people interact with it. There’s something about people having private conversations in public that I think I will always find somewhat odd no matter how used to it I become. With a bigger screen, it seems more toy-like and “futuristic” than the familiar iphone conversation spillage. It’s interesting to look into how fast people get angry or frustrated with a piece of technology since there is no consequence for it or response, although it can lead to less success. I observed some people becoming annoyed at difficulty connecting. Others that were connected and speaking loudly on speaker phone without earbuds which was sweet and funny.



For the analog input circuit I used a potentiometer and LED and programmed Arduino where the brightness of LED was divided by 4 that allowed the light to dim by turning the potentiometer. For the digital in /out I set up 2 LED light bulbs, I used a program with a conditional that allowed one light bulb to be on without pressing the button, that turned off when button was pressed and the other lit up.