Science Museum Project

4-24 February, 2005
Tomoaki Yanagisawa and Yumiko Tanaka

The brief

Science Museum Project :
‘My fantasy computer collection’

This project will allow you informed and contextualized access to the collection col- lections, which many hundreds of objects and machines lie in store at either Blythe House or Wroughton, and ask you to think about how best public access to these resources might be expanded in the future. To think, in fact, about what the com- puter ‘collection’ of the future might look like.

Our interests

Educational, but Playful

- The experience of the launch pad in science museum
- The education of science and technology through experience
- Experience as a trigger for the interests by using the fundamental idea of computers

Design an exhibition

Punched Card Exhibiton

The exhibition devided into two parts :
1. What are punched cards?
- The notion of punched cards
- The ways of using punched cards (looms, music box, computer) – How the notion of punched cards was developed to digital

2. Try using punched cards!
- Using same format punched cards for different outputs

Hands on experiences at the exhibition

Punched Cards Book
Visitors will be given a punched card book and play with the cards in the exhibition. The colours of the papers are related to length, and you can tear the card as long as you need.

Card Reader
Visitors will use punchers and make holes on punch cards to program.

Output 1: Bit Dancer: Programming Movements
8 commands represent different simple movement. By combining. By combining these commands, we can make a dance.

Output 2: Punched Cards Orchestra: Programming Sounds
- Compose music by using punched cards
- Play together with different instruments (Piano, Bass, Drums etc).

Basic commands : 8 commands represent musical scales. 1 -> C
2 -> D
3 -> E
4 -> F 5 -> G 6 -> A 7 -> B 8 -> C

Percussion commands : 8 commands represent different percussion sounds. 1 -> bass drum
2 -> tom
3 -> tom
4 -> floor tom 5 -> hi hat
6 -> snare
7 -> top
8 -> side

Output 3: Single Line Drawing: Programming Processes
- Make single line drawing by using commands of 8 directions – Try drawing same pictures as samples by single line
Commands : 8 commands represent the direction.