Xaquixe

Nube de Oro - Research Gathering #2
22 Jun 2013
Nube de Oro_dormant and active nodes
Christian Thornton and Bartaku showed dormant and active Nube de Oro nodes at "El Jardin Etnobotánico de Oaxaca de Juarez".

... with a contextualizing word by Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg, director of El Jardin Etnobotánico and a discussion with the audience.

Special thanks to: Talleres Comunitarios de Zegache: Camera- and display box - Salvador Pulido: Nube de Oro Garden Guide & InfoGraphics Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg, director of El Jardin Etnobotánico de Oaxaca de JuarezLa Mezcaloteca: Providing Mezcales.

Nube de Oro Box
Nube de Oro Box dormant solar cells and part of Glass Plotter
Nube de Oro Box dormant solar cells
Audience & Bartaku Q&A
Wall, People, Box
Nube de Oro Box
Nube de Oro Box Glass Plotter (detail)
glass plotter (detail) operated by agave final energy
Glass plotter and piccolo (digi cnc writer) on agave leaf
Glass plotter, dye sensitized solar cell ingredients, agave leaf
Glass piece pulling up plotter with agave force
Speech by director of Jardin Etnobotanico
Glass plotter on agave stalk (quiote)
Survived the quiote fall glass piece
Nube de Oro - Research Gathering #2
Christian Thornton (L) and Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg (R)
Left over Nube de Oro
Research gathering audience
Nube de Oro - Pushed up by Maguey Juice
25 Nov 2012
The first pieces of the 'Nube de Oro' (Golden Cloud) are installed upon the rapidly growing stalks (quiotes) of some agaves in the etnobotanical garden in the historical center of Oaxaca city.

The main glass piece will be further sculpted by Christian Thornton (Xaquixe) according to the growth behavior of the maguey plant.

Nube de Oro - Pushed up by Maguey Juice
Nube de Oro - Pushed up by Maguey Juice
Nube de Oro - Pushed up by Maguey Juice
Nube de Oro - Pushed up by Maguey Juice
Nube de Oro - Pushed up by Maguey Juice
Nube De Oro - Leaf Writing Sys Test
23 Nov 2012
Piccolo agave leaf writing system
Agave leaf 'writing' field test

In order to allow the agave to express his relation to light, and time, the piccolo (piccolo.cc) is used for agave leaf "writing". The simple 'drawing' is based on the data from a hibiscus glass solar cell acting as a light sensor that is transformed via arduino. The power system consists of sixty six natural dye sensitized glass solar cells -shaped after the seeds of teosinte (the mother of maize)- and two supercapacitors.

As soon as the growing agave stalk starts flowering, the agave will start writing on its leaves, as long as the cells provide sufficient power.

Nube De Oro - Leaf Writing Sys Test
hibiscus Ti02 coated glass solar cell
mix of coated and uncoated glass solar cells
glass solar cells and two supercapacitors
Making holes in the glass water tank -part 1-
15 Nov 2012
Making holes in the glass water tank -part 1-
Making holes in the glass water tank -part 1-
Making holes in the glass water tank -part 2-
15 Nov 2012
Making holes in the glass water tank -part 2-
Making holes in the glass water tank -part 2-
Making holes in the glass water tank -part 2-
Making holes in the glass water tank -part 2-
Making holes in the glass water tank -part 2-
Capturado - at Studio Xaquixe for the Glass Sculpture
15 Nov 2012
A suitable glass piece to put on top of a hive

The concept of the piece is to capture the power of the sun by the work of honeybees in a vessel of glass, and once captured, there is no way out.
6 different glass sculptures were modeled in 2 afternoons. Some carry the stamp "Capturado", some are plain transparent quartz glass. The manufacturing consists of blowing, deforming and poking glass when it is 2000°C hot. Stamped panels are being attached and fused into the bubble before it gets its final shape, resulting in organically deformed and stretched letters. Then the piece goes into the cooling furnace overnight. Some sprinkles of beeswax at the inside make the material look immediately less cold and give it a culinary appearance like white chocolate.
The wax helps the insects to adapt to the material and appropriate it as their own.

ink
the bubble stretches
becomes flat
plate and stamp
cutting
stamp
capturado pizza
captured into the glory hole
bubble
blowing and stroking
glory hole
taking the access off
glow
hook
working with the torch
poking
insect belly
capturado
heart shaped
drop
drop after sandblasting
beeswax and glass
counting the petals
Blowing the glass water tanks
13 Nov 2012
Blowing the glass water tanks
Blowing the glass water tanks
Blowing the glass water tanks
Blowing the glass water tanks
Blowing the glass water tanks
Blowing the glass water tanks
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