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Online portfolio of Tristan Weis

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The Icarus Bot

Combining the two classes We make machines not art by Darsha Hewitt and Tangible Programming – An Introduction by Johannes Deich I built a simple robot that is constantly fleeing the light. I utilized what I learned about eletronic fundamentals and programming an Arduino-board, as well as 3D printing to put together this very first machine of mine.

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My first 3D print

Having access to a 3D printer I created my first model for printing to get myself familiar with the working pipeline. I modelled a 3D version of british electronic musician and composer Aphex Twin‘s logo as a gift for a friend.
My plan for the logo was to be tied together with a string in order to resemble a mobile or some kind of dream catcher.
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Bauhaus Vorkurs

Back to basics – Bauhaus Vorkurs was a course that taught absolutely fundamental approaches of layout and design. Far from any glossy, fully loaded or extremely polished formats it helped me to comprehend the first principles to follow while working on graphic projects.
The class was divided in eight subjects, beginning with the simple point and closing with fonts and text.

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Photography course

Don’t get me wrong, I would never describe myself as a photographer. But knowing how to use a camera doesn’t hurt, so I took a basic photography course.

The course provided me with enough technical knowledge to get a decent picture out of most situations, as well as the ability to achieve some quality in pictures needed for documentation, textures and even video-related material.

The (digital) assignments of the course were seperated in three categories:

Light, color & depth of field.

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Introduction to media culture

In the second semester we had to attend a theoretical course, for which I chose Introduction to media culture. The course mainly consisted of students’ presentations (every one had to pick an author and present his works/theories) as well as following debates and discussions. In the end, we all had to create a blog entry for the ‘Mediendenken’ blog treating our specific topic once again. The entry had to be in german, so I apologize to anyone who is not able to read it. 🙁

My entry was about Derrick de Kerckhove and his publication The Alphabet and the Brain (1990).

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