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The Shadow Machine

I'm very excited to finally be able to share this project I Am and I collaborated on recently.



The Shadow Machine is a hand-made analog projection system that reanimates two blacksmiths from the late 1800's, photographed by Eadweard Muybridge and compiled on plate #374 of his Animal Locomotion series.

The Shadow Machine was conceived of and created for the The Underbelly Project, an extraordinary, unauthorized exhibition of more than one hundred international street artists in an abandoned subway station in New York City. The Shadow Machine's projected, ghostly figures hammer away in complete darkness at the far end of the platform, ever-toiling spirits working on a never-finished station that was abandoned generations ago.

Inside the Machine, six frames hand-painted on clear plexiglass operate as gobos when lit from behind by narrow beam LEDs. A light sequence, controlled by an Arduino board with custom software using a 9V battery, casts each successive shadow in a loop.
The fantastic soundtrack is original work by Tyler Walker. You can read more about The Underbelly Project in the New York Times.
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Spoiler Alert!

Newmindspace and I recently collaborated on a project to bring a little bit of magic back to the NYC subway:



The Spoiler Alert signs are faith-enhancing adjustments to New York City subway platforms, creating opportunities for trust in the city’s most important institution in the face of its overeager self-quantified broadcasts.

In 2007, the New York City Transit Authority began installing LED signs on subway platforms that display estimated wait times for arriving trains. Unfortunately the information is little more than trivia: except for a few stations, it is only visible to travelers after they’ve paid their fare, so the data has little bearing on commuter decision-making.

Their primary effect, then, is to erode faith in the system, to create expectations that can’t always be met, to raise false hopes, and to erase the mystery and magic of the wondrous system that transports more than five million riders a day.

These LED signs also threaten historical social behaviors, rendering obsolete the time-honored New York tradition of leaning over the platform edge with the hope of glimpsing headlights from an approaching train.

The Spoiler Alert signs warn waiting riders of this potentially unwanted information – allowing them to avert their eyes so they may preserve their spirit of adventure – while still leaving visible the data for travelers who wish to ruin the surprise for themselves.
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Best Spam EVER

Here is a spam e-mail I received last week.

Recipe: Tuna Salad


Ingredients

1 ea Env. Golden Onion Soup Mix
1 1/2 c Milk
10 oz Frozen Peas & Carrots *
8 oz Medium Egg Noodles **
6 1/2 oz Tuna, Drained & Flaked
2 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese ***

Instructions

* Frozen Peas & Carrots should be thawed. ** Egg Noodles should be
cooked and drained. *** Cheese should equal 1/2 C

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, blend golden onion
recipe soup mix with milk; stir in peas & carrots, cooked noodles and
tuna. Turn into greased 2-quart oblong baking dish, then top with cheese.
Bake 20 minutes or until bubbling.


That's it. No links, no mention of viagra, nothing.

Spam has delved so far into the absurd that it's become generous and helpful! This is a gift! More of this, please!
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website redesign + Astoria Scum River Bridge video!

If we spoke in the last four months, you probably asked what was up and I probably told you I was redesigning my website, and then I apologized that I didn't really have anything better to tell you, and really I was sorry for bringing it up in the first place, how are you?

Well, my friends, the days of those awkward social moments are over. Introducing:

Jason Eppink's Catalogue of Creative Triumphs

Currently only 22 of my most recent and successful efforts are available, but that number will continue to grow as I finish digitizing the back catalog. In the meantime, Senseless Venn Diagrams will stay live until I've finished the migration.

Also, Amtrak finally finished their job, so I was able to complete a video about the Astoria Scum River Bridge, embedded below. Enjoy!

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Astoria Scum River Bridge

Astoria Scum River Bridge


A block away from the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd N-train stop, a giant puddle of standing water covers a heavily-trafficked sidewalk, a cesspool we endearingly refer to as Astoria Scum River. Seriously, it's gross, and in the winter the river ices over and becomes really dangerous.

A couple months ago, Posterchild and I simultaneously arrived at the same idea: build a bridge over Astoria Scum River! A few weeks later we found an abandoned work bench left for trash on the sidewalk and used rescued screws from a recently disassembled desk to turn the work bench into a bridge. Posterchild engraved an awesome plaque, and the bridge was installed as 2009 ended, christened the Astoria Scum River Bridge.

Our neighbors have really taken a liking to it, and just yesterday we received an e-mail from NYC Council Member Vallone's office thanking us for the bridge and pledging to work with Amtrak to solve the drainage problem! We couldn't have asked for a better outcome.

Anyway, here's my project page and here's Posterchild's! There are plenty of photos, with a video coming soon!
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Pro Pants 2KX


Pro Pants returned yet again this year to greet participants of Improv Everywhere's annual No Pants! Subway Ride. Two dozen passionate pants-lovers showed up to spread the good news to the 3000 pantsless riders emerging from the subway at Union Square.

This year we added a third pamphlet to our literature and sent four representatives to roam the park wearing sandwich boards. Our conversion rate was, once again, perfect! Within 24 hours, roughly 100% of the pantsless riders we encountered had accepted pants into their lives!

Read all about it on the Pro Pants! 2KX project page.
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Pixelator (video) on three Times Square jumbotrons

Hilarious news!

Pixelator is a runner up in the Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize. This means the Pixelator video will be screened on three jumbotrons in Times Square, jumbotrons that usually show advertising. Please take a moment to bask in the irony.

Improv Everywhere won the Audience Award for their Subway Yearbook Photos mission, so they'll be on the jumbotrons, too!

It all happens tomorrow night, including a screening of a new Guy Madden/Isabella Rosellini short featuring an electric chair, with Rosellini in person. Sweet!