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ITP Campfire Stories: Kari Love

Written by Ruta Kruliauskaite on June 15, 2016, 10:40am


What were your favorite moments at ITP Camp so far? I really enjoyed adaptive design Fireside event last Friday. I thought it was an excellent conversation both in terms of their ethos of process and kind of bringing community building into the makerspace which are all very practical problems. And how they really want to make it so that when you have the first interaction with them, when you are designing an adaptive device for a child with their parents, with their teachers, with their medical professionals, that will inspire people to become more creative in ways they can build adaptive devices for them in the future. That is really a foundation and first step to change everyone’s thinking.

What was your favorite class? I don’t know if I have a favorite class. I’m not really big on favorites, but a few that really stuck with me were The Intro to Command Line, because it felt like time traveling and I was back in the 80s, working on the command line again, and seeing ways in which that kind of imitate way of working with your computer systems can be really fast and really effective, and I think it made the idea of going to Unix a lot more friendly and interesting to me than it had been prior. I really liked the Pop Up Book class, that was excellent. I just came out of Clock Club, which had great conversations both about the practical nuts and bolts of solving clock problems with mechanical solutions or with Arduino, but I think that I also really liked the aspect where we talked about broader concepts of how do we perceive time or what do we communicate when we talk about time and the ways in which our perception of time are intuitive and which parts of our perception of time are constructed by reading and learning.

What’s your latest passion? Lately I have been very interested in a couple of problems. One is edible artwork. I can’t think of a more visceral way of interacting with something than eating it. And I also like the ephemeral nature of it. I think so much of making art becomes about making something that endures, but I really like these fleeting moments. And I think that eating something is simultaneously very intimate and very fleeting in a way that is compelling to me. In terms of skill learning, I’m super excited about learning the deeper aspects of analog electronics and using Arduino to do control systems for different kinds of physical computing. I’m thinking of making a light up stunt kite with blinky tape and using accelerometers or maybe other kinds of sensors. I haven’t really thought about the sensor systems yet to make a playful kite to fly at night and make different kinds of visual outputs for that.

What’s up with Zero Gravity Wedding? The funny thing about the zero gravity wedding is that one of my friends who recommended that I come to ITP Camp got her Masters at ITP and she and her husband decided to have the first zero gravity wedding. So for me it was the best bridesmaid experience ever. I got to catch the bouquet in zero gravity and then I hit my head on the ceiling, because I was excited and I jumped too hard. And that ended up being a part of another crazy story, because when I was working for a spacesuit company out of Brooklyn, they needed someone to do microgravity hardware validation and to do it I needed two credentials. I needed a certification for human testing and needed zero gravity flight experience and I got to use the wedding as my zero gravity flight experience.

Explain to a five-year old in one sentence:

3D printing… 3D printing lets you takes a computer picture and print it out as a full object.

Any advice to future campers? My advice for future campers is that everyone comes with different things they need. For some people, they need to bring their own project that they need to complete because what they need is to feel a sense of accomplishment or to have done something concrete. And then for other people, I feel like it’s about the connections, so they’re spending more time on building relationships. And that in some ways, when you first come, you might not know which of these things you’re looking for but if you really tune in and listen to the questions like “Am I getting things out of these classes?”, “Am I getting things out of talking with these people?”, “Am I feeling a drive to be productive?”, they will guide you to deciding what you do with your time. Because anything is possible and it’s what you put into it is what you get out of it.

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