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