New Bank of X Get Rich Rich Quick Pyramid Networking Scheme – Day 4 – topping out

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In the words of Sigmund Freud “The more you ignore me, the closer I get”.

Despite being a techie, I’m generally a late adopter and I realise I’m very late to the party as far as laser-cutting is concerned. It’s been around for many years, and is now quite affordable. Access Space got a laser cutter in their Refab Space a couple of years ago, but I must admit I’ve ignored it until now. Not because I’m not interested, but my head is just too full of other stuff. What’s more I didn’t really have anything that I specifically wanted to make.

Until now (video to follow).

I don’t mind admitting my installation is not as visually pleasing as I would normally like. I imagined it much more pyramid-y and less pile-y, but that is the risk of doing something without have done it before.

It’s strangely satisfying irony that I have made something that is very reminiscent of the kind of random-shit-kicked-through-a-gallery-door-and-then-post-rationalised that I am usually very critical of. Or have I over-rationalised that?

I don’t think of myself as a conceptual artist, where the idea is what the art is all about and the object is only there to reference the idea, but I think I have made a conceptual work.

Sorry.

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John Moseley of Access Space / Refab Space with an Egyptian Coke bottle containing sand from Giza.

The one thing I did not expect to happen is that I wouldn’t get enough junk to make a decent pyramid, even a small one. The world is awash with unwanted items, but I just couldn’t get my hands on them at the right time. I think I failed to communicate the idea enough during the build and, consequently, the audience was confused until I explained it. However, the time I spent doing this has had some interesting fall out. More about that soon.

I must say huge thanks to Access Space for allowing me to indulge my ill-advised conceptual ellipsis, and particularly to John Moseley whose practical help and technical advice enabled me to produce the manufactured bits. The Refab Space is a place where you can get your hands on a CNC laser-cutter and CNC router, with support, for a very small cost.
http://access-space.org/doku.php
http://refab-space.org/w/doku.php

The build is officially over, but I think I’ll try to make it a bit more pyramid-y before it comes down on Saturday 9th November.

I also have lots of timelapse video which will be edited at some point.
http://vimeo.com/richardbolam/videos

New Bank of X Get Rich Rich Quick Pyramid Networking Scheme – Day 3 – Topless in Giza

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Day three was the day I had to get on top of the laser cutting. This requires making the guide files with the well-endowed and open-source Inkscape. Unfortunately, I have (almost) never used Inkscape. John Moseley at Access Space gave me a brief crash course, but on day three I was on my own to get the cutting files ready so that the top section can be cut and assembled to my deadline of Friday 5pm.
http://inkscape.org/

Also, despite getting more junk today, it’s nowhere near enough to make even a small pyramid, so day four looks lie it will be a desperate, skip-raiding scroungeathon.

With lots of visitors today, It took me most of the day to work out the basics and didn’t get anything finished until after 4pm.

It’s a very fiddly process and I rarely work in 3D so it took so careful thinking about in order to conceive how it would fit together. John Moseley made a very elegant prototype, and I was going to try to reproduce his version just for the practice, but I was running out of time so I decided to vary the method in order to make things simpler for myself.

John’s design comprised three different sections whereas I have attempted to make a single asymmetric face that will jigsaw into each other, with a row of pegs on the bottom of each to slot into a square base.

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Anyway, it got late in the day and there was a bit of a queue for the laser cutter so it didn’t get cut on day three. Fingers crossed for the last day.

However, as it was 31st October, I decided to clear the space and install something temporary and appropriate to the date. So here is my little ancient-Egyptian-art-world-halloween-market-rigging-in-joke. Offers invited.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/78327639 w=640&h=360]