Look, Ask Learn BioArt Coffee Compost Project Meredith, Vincent, Matt

Look:
1865 Coffee Shop

The shop has a typical coffee shop vibe in which individuals and groups work on projects while music plays in the background. The space is relatively large and empty feeling in comparison with the number of people there. There is a window into the kitchen in which all of the coffee and grilled cheese is made. The coffee shop has a Christian intonation to its decorations with a chalk bible quotes, religious music, and a wifi password “jesus_saves”.
One corner of the coffee shop is covered in decorations about London. The wall is confusing in comparison with the flow of the rest of the shop. On this wall also sits a large unused flat screen tv and cupboard. This wall could potentially be a great place for an installation.

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Ask:
ChopShop
1) “Would you use our installation if it was in your store?”

“We don’t produce that many coffee grounds but I believe that that’s something people would like”
2) “Do you think customers would like it? If so, then why do you think they would like it?”

“Taking something old and repurposing it, our store has a lot of that. We have biodegradable bowls so I know our customers would like it.”

3) “Would you like the installation? If so, why would you like it?

“I like it because it might inspire us to get a compost and recycle more”
1865 Coffee Shop
Questions asked to Shelby Baker, the manager of the store
1)What does your shop do with its coffee ground waste?

“We were saving it for a while and someone would use it in their garden, but it’s been a while since she’s moved so we do just throw it away. We’ve been wanting to do something better with it”
2) Do you have any idea about how much coffee waste you produce in a week and how it is stored before heading to the trash?

“I would say maybe 5-10lbs at least per week. When we toss it, we just throw it in the trash. We have our drip coffee grounds in the paper filters and espresso grounds that are pressed into a puck; both are just dumped in the trash bin. When we save them to give to people, we put them in an empty coffee bag that the beans were in.”
3) Would you be interested in using the coffee grounds for a piece of sustainable bioArt?

“Yes! That’s super cool!”

 

Try: 

ChopShop

We went to a local coffee shop called “Chop Shop” and interviewed different employees about our coffee based art installation. I asked them the three questions stated in the ask category and, after getting their permission, recorded the data I gathered from the interviews.

 

Learn:

1865 Coffee

Thoughtless acts: When drip coffee is made the beans and filter are thrown in the trash. When espresso is made, the puck of ground coffee is hit into the trash as well which is right next to the machine for convenience. A separate container could be put there on these grounds.
Opportunities: There is an opportunity to use the 5 pounds of waste grounds a week as a foundational compost for an installation. There is also a significant opportunity to continue the chalk theme and unify the other end of the store with an installation that utilizes the large tv and wall space occupied by miscellaneous London themed paraphernalia.
ChopShop

Thoughtless acts: Some of the employees were not willing to be interviewed. One person said he did not want to be interviewed, instead, he chose to focus on cleaning the store.Another employee was standing in the background and joined in the interview unexpected once she heard we were discussing compost. She appeared to be very passionate about the process of composting leftover food, which taught me that this project is something that people can become passionate within the first minute of a brief introduction.
Patterns: Every employee that I interviewed at the coffee shop agreed that they would enjoy the coffee compost art installation. Furthermore, 2 out of the 3 agreed that the customers would enjoy the coffee compost as well.

Opportunities: An employee at Chop Shop stated, “Taking something old and repurposing it, our store has a lot of that. We have biodegradable bowls so I know our customers would like it.” After hearing a second employee agree that this would be something that the customers would enjoy using, I learned that this installation could potentially be a very successful product if implemented at the right type of coffee shop. Coffee shops that already make it a habit to participate in economically friendly activities would likely be more accepting of the installation than a coffee shop that does not specialize in the same activities. For example, “Chop Shop” would enjoy and use this installation more than “Starbucks” would.

 

Brainstorm — Matt Stockmal

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Anti-Biotic Responsive BioArt”,

1.”Art to bring attention to natural features (trees) already in Downtown Tempe”,

2.”Screen-Print Something — multiple layers of different content screen printed in 3D”,

3.How is a story like biology? (http://biologyofstory.com/#/)

4.Yogurt based art

5.Tapei Tower- Could you make a skyscraper out of biomaterial?

6.Lingrings — what are living organisms in Cemeteries? what remains living of the remains?

7.Salt— making microscopic replicas of buildings in salt cubes

8.Cube— board game that grows over time (living board game)

“Mycelium and BioFabrication”,

1.”Addressing the positive challenge…\”When parking is no longer needed in cities, what will we do with all of that space?\”\n”,

2.”What would a biogarden look like in a parking structure?”,

3.Mycelium to fill a pothole?”,

4.”Make a city landmark out of Mycelium or some bio material”,

5.”What are some creative uses of Adobe?”,

6.”Sensor infused Adobe measures temperature outside and adjusts the temperature inside”,

7.”How to tell a story using biomaterials?”,

8.”Theatre performance where the star is a biological organism”,

“Biometrics (pulse sensing)”,

1.”Clothes that change based on mood”,

2.”Background of computer, or how Siri interacts with you changes on mood”,

3.”Video Game that interacts with pulse”,

4.”lighting of room changes with collective pulse/ mood of those in it”,

5.”Clothes that grow with as you grow”,

6.”What does the future of bioclothing look like?”,

7.Loophole — App tells you when its ok to take a cheat day on a diet

8.Dorm – Create an interactive sign that senses when roommates are sleeping and tells you to be quiet

Pressure Sensitive Mouse Pad / Pen -Matt Stockmal

VIDEO LINK:

 

For this assignment, I wanted to add the additional function of pressure sensing to a squishy mouse pad. I did this through creating a larger velostat circuit using copper duct tape, cotton, and the mouse pad. I then programmed a mag patch using jit.lcd that would receive the serial data from Arduino and adjust the pen size of the jit.draw tool. This allowed a simulated pressure pen drawing system of a tablet using only a mouse!

Max Patch Code (make sure to adjust serial):

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Arduino Code:

//Matt Stockmal

//Standard PRessure Circuit

int analogPin = A14;

void setup() {

  // put your setup code here, to run once:

  pinMode(analogPin, INPUT);

  Serial.begin(9600);

}

void loop() {

  // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:

  int value = analogRead(analogPin);

  int mappedValue = map(value, 965, 1010, 50, 1);

  Serial.println(mappedValue);

  delay(50);

}