The last times Chaodependant go shown, it worked great, but the carpet base it was on looked awful. So, for taking it down to [http://kinetica-artfair.com/|Kinetica] we decided to put it on a more professional platform. Apart from aesthetics, we also wanted to address the problem that the pendulum gets further away from the pods towards the end of it's swing, and hence they have less effect on the movement. Finally, by putting all the electronics inside the base, it becomes more reliable (shorter cables, less unplugging) and easier to set up - there's just a power and audio output.
So, we made a base with a spherical profile on the top, and here's how we did it.
== Base ==
First, we started with two sheets of plywood, held together with a base.
Then we routed the edge, using a jig to get a perfect circle.
== Ribs ==
Chaodependant base with ribs
Chaodependant Rib Jig
Next, we used a 5m long piece of wood to draw a circular profile, and make a jig, which we used to route out the ribs and attached all the ribs to the base, at precise angles.
== Top ==
Chaodep base done
Chaodependant putting on top
Finally, we added a top surface of hardboard, cut into circular sections and nailed to the ribs to create a nice smooth curve all the way round, and the base was done.
== Electronics ==
Chaodependant electronics test
Fill it with electronics and make sure it works...
== Underlayer ==
Chaodependant underlayer done
Chaodependant adding underlayer
To make a nice soft surface to put things on, we used a layer of cotton towelling.
== Top surface ==
Chaodep base covered
Chaodep base seamNow, it's a layer of synthetic leather to give a nice clean look. Since we can only get 1.5m sheets and the base is 2m wide, we need to make an invisible seam in the middle.
== Finishing ==
Chaodependant base with pods
Chaodependant base - detail
Finally, we put a nice edge on it with some upholstery nails, and covered the cables to the pods
Now, we've got a self contained base, with all the electronics and computer in, ready to be taken to the installation and plugged in.