As featured on Tested, Popular Mechanics, The Verge, Engadget, and IGN; The Mondo Spider turned some heads towards the power of art when mixed with technology at CES. CES is hardly an Art Festival, but it’s a great place for us to reach out to hard core technology experts and those who love our kind of work. We were also treated extremely well by our sponsor Lenovo. (Photo credit to Humanoides).
The Mondo Spider is a collaborative contemporary art project that challenges the dominant perception of locomotion, energy and power through the process of creating and exhibiting a 1,500lb 8-legged electro-mechanical walking vehicle. Coupled with our 3kW solar array, Mondo Spider is regularly exhibited internationally with the aim of inspiring awe and wonder.
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eatART will present its 2nd annual green powered Energy Awareness Art Party. Expect to see giant kinetic sculptures, loads of bicycle enthusiasts and an unforgettable outdoor dance party. This event will be powered with solar **and** pedal power.
On June 27th, 2010, eatART takes over the Vancouver Art Gallery Lawn to top off its annual energy awareness and fundraising event.
Throughout the 9 hour event, there will be 8 teams of three “watt-riders” who have collected “energy pledges” that will be powering the pedal-powered sound system. In tandem with this energy source, an array of solar panels will also be powering the tents and info booth.
What is a “Pedal Powered Sound System”?
Simply, it is a DJ station that is powered by three riders and their bikes. The riders pedal with their back wheel resting on a spinning mini generator that is connected to the sound system. The boomin’ soundsystem is controled by a DJ who can spin records with energy aware panache.
How do I get a chance to power the party?
For more information on becoming a watt-rider, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why would I want to “raise watts”? Besides the obvious magnificence of raising watts for a human and solar powered dance party, you will also be raising funds for the eatART Charitable Foundation!
The Mondo Spider has been invited to show off its new Zero Emissions makeover at two very different but equally exciting events this May: Google I/O and Maker Faire. The Mondo Spider team will travel to San Francisco for these events with the Spider in tow, taking some time to enjoy the sights along the way.
Google I/O (May 19/20) brings together thousands of developers for two days of deep technical content, focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more. The Mondo Spider presence will provide a welcome break for the attendees and inspire them to rethink energy through art!
Maker Faire (May 22/23) is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things. It’s going to be an amazing Maker Faire with many new and past Makers showcasing the most innovative and inspiring creations yet – we think that the Mondo Spider will fit right in!
On Saturday, March 27, The Mondo Spider made a surprise appearance at Night Quest, an educational event in Pacific Spirit Regional Park that invites children and families to “experience the magical transition of day into night.” Participants are invited to lace up their boots, bring a flashlight, and follow a two-kilometre, lantern-lit trail to discover who sleeps and stirs on such a night.
What better to discover along that trail than a giant, mechanical spider? The Mondo Spider, which now operates silently due to its zero emissions upgrade, inspired shrieks of delight from walkers who encountered her in the shadowy forest.