Post 6: Main Project Plans and Inspiration

In considering my personal aesthetic for my final project, I’ve found myself drawn to the captivating allure of Abstract sculpture and Surrealism, infused with the concept of pseudo perpetual machines. This aesthetic is a fusion of influences from major 20th Century design movements, including Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and even elements of Futurism.

My fascination with this aesthetic stems from a myriad of experiences throughout my life. As a child, I vividly remember attending art exhibitions where seemingly random structures coalesced into cohesive and mesmerizing artworks. These experiences left an indelible impression on me, igniting a passion for the unconventional and the abstract.

More recently, a visit to the MIT Museum in Boston served as a catalyst for my aesthetic exploration. There, I encountered pseudo perpetual structures that defied conventional notions of motion and design. Crafted from thick metal wires, sheets, and motors, these structures exhibited unique and repeated movements, creating captivating patterns that seemed almost otherworldly. The marriage of artistry and engineering in these creations left me awestruck and inspired. This motion can be seen in the following YouTube video from MIT museum:

Embracing this aesthetic for my main project is undoubtedly a step outside of my comfort zone. While I’ve always been drawn to art and design, the intricacies of pseudo perpetual machines present a new and exciting challenge. I’ve never attempted anything quite like this before, but the prospect of bringing together art, engineering, and innovation fills me with anticipation and enthusiasm.

In the end, while my aesthetic journey may be uncharted territory, I’m eager to embrace the challenge and see where it leads.


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  • Jadin Zaccagnino
    March 4, 2024 10:50 pm

    This is going to be such a cool project! I too am a fan of pseudo-perpetual machines, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Given that you want to follow a combination of surrealism, abstract expressionism, and futurism, do you have an artistic or functional vision in mind?

  • Ben Clairday
    March 3, 2024 1:55 pm

    Hey Aryan, this is a very unique choice and I like the ideas that you have so far. Do you know know what kind of motion you would like your machine to do?


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