John Fass


Students were asked to design and make a system and object that displayed properties of periodicity. Periodicity occurs when the same pattern of events is seen to run through a higher development as has been contained in a corresponding pattern from… Continue Reading →

Breaking Bread

The first project of the new De-Computation elective year was about ceremony and food. The students were asked to design a ritual, and design the food for that ritual. Food is a common part of ritual actions, from the communion wafers… Continue Reading →

Transient phenomena

This project was about transience as a design quality, and a characteristic of constructed experiences. Materials that degrade or transform when subject to specific processes, human actions performed in space and time, fleeting impressions and transitory effects were the focus for… Continue Reading →


All the materials around us vibrate at specific frequencies, external influence can be introduced to create resonance in them, a playground swing works in this way, as does the mainspring in a mechanical watch and the optical cavity in a… Continue Reading →


A property is emergent if it is a novel property of a system or entity that arises when a certain level of complexity is reached. Emergence in a system is distinct from the properties of the parts of the system… Continue Reading →


The first project of the new term involved the students creating a design, product, or dish building on the idea of the human body as a source of nutrition. Drawing on recent research into the human trophic level, which puts us roughly… Continue Reading →


Decomputation took a sensory turn over the last term and, calling itself DeSense, created work for the London festival Open Senses. Our interest in human and non-human senses echoes the work we did on the Pigeon Sensorium last year and… Continue Reading →


The term Telepresence originates in a story by Robert Heinlein. Waldo, published in 1942, is about a misanthropic character who lives in space, despises humanity and operates through Waldos, telepresence machines that mimic human hands. In the story Waldos have two important qualities;… Continue Reading →


The second iteration of this project focused on resonance as a physical and social phenomenon. Physical resonance depends on amplification of a signal through frequency matching. The key elements are that one external system acts on another, causing an increase in the… Continue Reading →

Decomputing the Pigeon Sensorium

Animal computer interaction is a growing field, much of it pioneered in the UK by Dr Clara Mancini at the Open University. On the occasion of the first stand alone conference of ACI she invited De-Comp students to produce work… Continue Reading →

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