Friday, April 27, 2007

Super! Conductors!!

Alas I had forgotten my cell-phone at home, otherwise I would have first clips of floating magnets - but this way I was even more motivated to carry back with me the heavy magnetic circular track which was offered as an item of loan by my hero of the day Prof. Gerfried Hilscher from the solid-state physics dept. of TU Vienna, who is also supplying the super-conducting disc for the floating experiment. So on top of flying latex-bugs (see post below) we'll have our own little suspension railway next Wednesday!

... With Zeljko, WerkzeugH's chef, I already discussed what to do with the left over liquid nitrogen - we have something in mind like this.

Wed May 2nd / 6pm Workshop / 8pm Martini hour / WerkzeugH

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

When there's Laws of Physics - ...

... Why are there no Lawyers of Physics?
Maybe René Pfeiffer can fill in that position on Wednesday May 2nd - he will be visiting physics expert at TinkerTank's Mag(ic)netism edition. I was lucky enough to recruit him, facilitating the powers of the metalab mailing-list in my evil genius's scheme.

The brave young man who I was able to lure into the mad universe of TinkerTank is already preparing to explain floating magnets to clueless artists and discuss grave questions (on levitation) we might come up with over a Martini cocktail.

Hoping we can arrive at a favourable interpretation of Physic's Laws!

Wed May 2nd / 6pm Workshop / 8pm Martini hour / WerkzeugH

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Magicnetism

TinkerTank at WerkzeugH
Wed 5/2/2007 6pm


Ladies and Gentlemen, don't expect too much - we're just tinkering a little with (electro-)magnets.
As a simple mind who can be endlessly fascinated by simple physical experiments that a guy named Faraday conducted some 300 years ago, I invite you to join me in conducting a few basic tricks before tinkering with some electro-magnets and looking at what those can do.


At TinkerTank the question "How is this stuff relevant artwise?" inevitably has to be adressed - in this case there is at least one easy answer: Visually. Peep at the video of Morpho Towers by Sachiko Kodama and Yasushi Miyajima in this post on SHIFZ-blog - an artwork created using ferrofluid and electromagnets.
But I imagine having one of my magnetic latex-bugs float above a superconductor will also deliver me an artistic kick. Even the simplest electric motor in the world might be used in a visually exciting sculpture ...

8pm Martini Hour
feat. philosophical reflection on recent claims of free energy applying magnetic effects and hopefully some historic reflection on the show-effect of magnetism through time.


WerkzeugH: Schönbrunnerstr. 61, 1050 Vienna

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Next TinkerTank: May 2nd

Hosted by the hospitable WerkzeugH the tinkering will be all about magnets, including the electro kind - starting 6pm.

More details to be announced later on ...

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