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That’s a Moire


Join us Tuesday night 6pm-9pm for an examination of Moire Patterns.  Oliver is interested in how they apply to perforated metal screens for a project he is researching and will lead a workshop on his research and process using grasshopper and the laser cutter to create different visual phenomena in an attempt to find a language for storytelling.  All are welcome as we iterate through results from various simple manipulations of interference patterns both simulated and real.  It’s a surprisingly rich field for exploration and we hope you can join us for this illusory evening.





Spangle 2

Spangle Time 2

Friday February 13th 5pm-8pm

In order to make steel last, you need to coat it with something, and one of the longest lasting most efficient coating is galvanization.  I like the look of the crystals.  They remind me of the chemical origins of our world, beyond our perception but occasionally growing large enough and simply enough that it is like a microscope revealing the world around us at another scale.

The goal of the workshop will be to explore the geometric design space around spangles –  the crystal growth of zinc on steel –  to create a pattern to use as masks when (cold) spraying zinc directly onto steel.  Think parametric laser cut graffiti stencils.

The work will culminate in a stenciling strategy for a public sculpture project Oliver is working on. These events are free to attend, simply bring a laptop with your favorite vector rendering program and probably rhino and grasshopper, fill out the safety wavier (which also signs you up on our workshop at aperiodic website) and rsvp by email.

Cucumbers Are Fruits Too

Cucumbers are fruits too!

tuesday 10/29 6pm – 8pm.

Please join us tuesday night to make a holiday gift for yourself and the Fallen Fruit pop’up store as part of the Hammer “art saves LA.” We have designed a cucumber waffle wood puzzle concept that allows you to come by, model a cucumber, laser cut it, and a box. We only ask that if you make one, make one more we can sell at the Fruitique. Proceeds from this symposium will benefit the Aperiodic libations fund. Because symposium literally means “to drink together.” Cucumber flavored drinks to be served, unless too cold in which case we will have hot toddys.
This event is free. You must RSVP by emailing

Learning The Ropes… 3

This Sunday, help choreograph the performance for the 2013 Ovation awards ceremony. For this, the 3rd workshop in the series,we will recap what we learned over the past month, develop computational and physical models for the final design, and build a full size prototype. So far we estimate 9000 feet of rope and about 254 knots!

Learning from the previous workshop’s prototypes we have decided to tie all the ropes on stage, which means there is an opportunity for crew to work on stage both creating the set and puppeteering it during the performance in 2 weeks.

We will use Grasshopper to compute the exact numbers including time to tie the knots and the amount of rope needed for each knot. No experience or previous attendance necessary. Just bring your curiosity! But if you have a windows laptop and want to join in please install Rhino3d and Grasshopped3d (free demos of each available online).

Those not interested in the computational elements of the project can focus on the design and construction of the lectern for the awards, a prefabricated metal structure which we will modify and customize to accentuate the feeling of the stage.

Please join in the fun by RSVP’ing to this email if you are interested.

Sunday, October 20, 7PM – 10PM: design installation

Saturday, November 2nd 10AM – 5PM (tentative) : Build installation NEWLY ADDED
Sunday, November 3rd 10AM- 5PM (tentative) : perform installation NEWLY ADDED

Aperiodic Industries (2558 N San Fernando Rd Suite B44 Los Angeles, California 90065)

ps: directly down the street from aperiodic is a place called concord which is having an interesting sounding workshop about drones which I will probably attend before the Learning the Ropes 3, check it out, you might like it.


Learning The Ropes… 2

Help design full scale prototypes for “Learning the Ropes” this sunday evening from 7-10pm.

Building pulleys and learning to tie lots of knots to design and build large scale kinetic rope structures will be the order of the evening.

Workshops began 2 sundays ago at Aperiodic Industries as participants learned about the fundamentals of rigging for stage with Andrew Valera developed multiple mechanical schemes. Come this Sunday as we recap what we learned and develop a full size prototype. No experience or previous attendance necessary. Just bring your curiosity!

To participate, reply to this email and RSVP. This is a free event, drinks and snacks to be served.