The modular characters kit was devised so that anyone could create and build new characters, through the open access to its digital files.
The kit is composed by fragments of characters and settings - MDF or plywood pieces which are laser cut through digital fabrication - and can be freely assembled with the help of nuts and screws. Its initial development was made at FabLab EDP and FabLab Lisboa.
Once assembled, the figures can be used for different purposes. It was initially envisioned for outdoor stop-motion animation, reversing the controlled studio environment, using wooden tracks for the figures to stand and be ready for photo-shoots (and also, by using locknuts the figures are easy to animate).
"Individually Collaborative" is the title of a stop-motion animation video developed at ATX Hackerspace (Austin, Texas) as the result of a research project on open art, developed within technology driven open communities, such as hackerspaces. The project was developed in such a way as to provide open access to an individual artistic process (previously defined), by providing guidelines and instructions throughout its different phases. Also, all files were shared among the collaborators, using free software tools. This individual artistic process was therefore interpreted and adapted by the members who joined the project. Beside testing the open access to artistic processes within technology-driven environments, this project aimed at researching and legitimizing the added value of creative processes in technology-dominant communities, by fostering experimentalism and conceptualism.
The animation inquires therefore through its different characters, the advantages and disadvantages of working individually versus working collaboratively. The differences between the two are questioned and attempts to measure the advantages and disadvantages are made. In vain.
Inside the Head nothing is too clear
I was invited by my sister Joana Sá to collaborate on this particular project: a musical performance that searches the representation of an interior space through musical, visual and textual dimensions.
The kit was adapted and transformed for the project, so that the movement of the figures is not only seen on screen but also on stage.
Rambling music, creatures and movements, nothing is too clear. Just like inside our heads.
Modular Characters Kit - MoCha Kit
The modular characters kit ( MoCha kit) is part of my research on Open Art and technology-driven communities and was developed based on my open access drawings as an open stop-motion animation kit. However, it has grown and expanded since its initial conception for other purposes.
As an open access kit still under development, people who wish to make use of the kit, can either join specific local projects or contact me for accessing it.
Two different projects have already been developed with this kit: