Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Serious Lego -- notes from my presentation


Hey guys! Here are the notes from my IgniteMpls talk. Woot!

1. Lego: The classic definition
-- The wack model is set #710-3: Basic Building Set (http://peeron.com/inv/sets/710-3), released in 1983.

2. Cool models. Oh hell yeah!
-- Our models are better these days, but it's just for fun.
-- The sandcrawler was built by Hannes "Marshal Banana" Tscharmer in 2011. http://www.flickr.com/photos/marshal-banana/

3. Serious Lego: An definition.
-- Professionals do serious projects with Lego.
-- The giant Lego DSi was built by Sean Kenney (seankenney.com) as part of the game pad's 2009 release. It uses 51,324 bricks and was built around a welded steel chassis. #seriousdough

4. Skyscrapers
-- Learn more at BIG's website: http://www.big.dk/#projects-cphx

5. Beowulf Cluster of Raspberry Pi Boards
-- Press release: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mediacentre/features/raspberry_pi_supercomputer.shtml
-- Project site: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~sjc/raspberrypi/
#triplenerdbonus

6. Autistic Therapy
-- http://asdaid.org/lego-and-asd/lego-therapy

7. Team Building
-- So serious that entire cooperate departments waste a day doing this. Cheesy marketing image is from strategic-play.com.
-- http://www.seriousplay.com/

8. Prosthetics
-- Creator of the arm is piotrek839 and his models may be veiwed here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=523286
-- To learn more about the Open Prosthetics project: http://openprosthetics.org/

9. Cheney blowing his friend's nuts off.
-- The model is by Thom Beckett: http://www.flickr.com/photos/minifig/102667005

10. Atrocities I
-- One of the most compelling reasons for depicting an atrocity in Lego is to shock people with the juxtaposition of a child's plaything and something horrible.
-- You can learn more about Legofesto's work at her website: legofesto.blogspot.com/

11. Atrocities II
-- Lego builder Moritz (www.flickr.com/photos/nolnet) used Lego's "Green Army Men" from their Toy Story line to depict wartime atrocities like mutilations, torture, arms deals, and so on. #enhancedlegoation

12. Lego Antikythera Mechanism
-- To learn more about the Lego Antikythera Mechanism: http://acarol.woz.org/antikythera_mechanism.html
-- Also, check out this sick video: http://vimeo.com/17648733

13. The Bone Thing
-- http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/growing-bones-with-lego

14. Space Elevator
-- http://www.spaceelevatorblog.com/?p=1052

15. Weed Dispensary
-- Los Angeles art collective LA-Go removed the plants and jars of dank nugs from a medical marijuana dispensary and replaced them with Lego duplicates. The resulting show, called "Indespensible: Art by the Ounce," was described as "a conceptual cannabis co-op comprised of LEGO bricks."
-- Learn more here: http://knowngallery.com/blog/post/lago-brand-usa-indispensable-art-by-the-oz/ -- and here: http://argotandochre.com/2012/06/medical-marijuana-dispensary-made-entirely-out-of-legos/
#studsnbuds

16. Concentration Camp
-- Polish artist Zbigniew Libera asked Lego for some gray bricks for a work of art. It turns out the piece consisted of a Nazi-like concentration camp in fake Lego packaging, with the label that the company had sponsored the project. Lego tried to play the thug role but backed down when Libera raised a stink. #itsartbaby

17. The Collectivity Project
-- Olufur Elliasson's Collectivity Project (http://www.olafureliasson.net/works/the_collectivity_project.html) is a communal art project where ordinary citizens imagine rebuilding their city using white bricks to visualize how the roads and buildings might look like.

18-19. Brick Testament
-- The creator gives each scene a rating, so the Garden of Eden would be rated N for nudity!
-- Learn more at bricktestament.com

20. Shillin' like a villain
-- Hey kids, you should get up on my book, the Cult of Lego! http://www.amazon.com/The-Cult-LEGO-John-Baichtal/dp/1593273916/

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