What Biomodd [LBA2] means to us

Making things work

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:38 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 7:54 PM ]

I remember the very first thought entering my mind back in 2008 when this Belgian artist Angelo Vermeulen presented his project named Biomodd to the UP Open University. The concepts behind it were right up my alley, but making a statement of molding them together in the context of an art project, even to the point of explicit defiance to conventional wisdom... that was new to me. And perhaps this knack for going against the grain was what attracted UPOU in the first place. If my institution wanted in, I knew I’d be in the thick of it, eventually. And by the time it became serious in early 2009, I definitely was.

The creation of synergy between technology and biology will always be the most obvious element of Biomodd. How can these computers, algae and plants benefit from each other? Can animals actually be added to the mix? This project is a symbolic statement that a wide array of possibilities exists out there. But another aspect that deserves a lot of credit is the community we built around Biomodd – over a hundred people from different walks of life coming together to shape what was to become the sculpture that was showcased in UP Los Baños and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde.

- Al Francis Librero
Los Baños

The pieces fell into place

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:27 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 7:56 PM ]

Biomodd is the most complicated project I've ever been involved in. At first glance, it doesn't look like things are really connected but once you get immersed in it, the pieces fall into place.
- Trish Corpuz

Introducing science to people by making it interesting

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:26 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 8:01 PM ]

Biomodd is a new way of introducing science to people and keep it interesting by fusing arts, culture and nature.
- Alex Ezequiel

A fusion of arts, culture and science

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:26 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 7:57 PM ]

Biomodd is a fusion of arts, culture and science.I think students, especially those in the biological sciences and computer science, will be interested. It's also a good way to promote something that's innovative. It's also a bridge for science and art to come together.
- Ayeen Karunungan

A unifying idea

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:25 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 8:02 PM ]

Biomodd is about linking different cultures directed towards a unified idea of connecting the environment with technology.
- Jeryl Estopace

A breath of fresh air

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:24 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 8:04 PM ]

Biomodd is like a breath of fresh air. I appreciate art in all forms - paintings, sculptures, photographs, architecture - but I've never seen something like biomodd. I never thought that you could intertwine technology, ecology and art in one piece and produce something amazing.

- Maureen Magallanes

Collective Creativity

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:23 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 8:06 PM ]

Biomodd is the project where collective creativity runs the show.

- Melanie Trani

What it means to me

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:21 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 8:08 PM ]

Upon entering the UPOU Oblation Hall, I was amazed by a big octagonal wooden structure with a big crawling plant clinging to a huge driftwood at the center of the structure. Small plants are already creeping on the side of the eight posts.  On aquarium tanks, some species of fish and algae are being cultured.

On one side of the hall, six recycled computers are running on Ubuntu and are already prepared for the multi-player online game being developed using open-source software. These computers will eventually be integrated into the structure.

Another team is preparing digital sensors which would capture humidity, heat, distance and images inside the structure which would eventually be presented on the web using the Processing programming language.

Wood carvings from Paete, Laguna would eventually be integrated into the structure to serve as a showcase of the artwork of the Philippines.

What am I doing in Los Banos where the structure is currently housed? What is the significance of the structure I am trying to describe?

I am part of a group of students enrolled in the Special Projects course as part of the curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies of the University of the Philippines Open University under our Faculty-In-Charge Diego Maranan. We are required to be a part of the Biomodd project. To fully grasp the significance of the project, we have to “feel”, ‘touch” and “be united” with the concepts, as well as the actual structure.

The Biomodd project intends to showcase the symbiosis between the different elements of nature, technology and art.

- Roy San Buenaventura

Nature in a dying world

posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:20 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 8:06 PM ]

I like the concept of Biomodd, technology and nature as one. To me it's not just a science project, it's like Steve Jobs when he invented his first computer. This leads to something far greater than what we can expect, technology and nature as one, really sounds cool. Biomodd might save Nature in this dying world where most people rely on Machines that are slowly killing nature. I'd really like to be part of this because of the contribution that it can give to Nature, Technology and Mankind.
- Nico Cadorna


posted Mar 4, 2011, 7:19 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 8:05 PM ]

Biomodd is the platform for the kewlest game ever!!

- Julius Cebreros (lead game engineer)

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