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Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine

Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine

Rube Goldberg machines are frequently featured here on DYH, so when one appears that fits into two suitcases, and has a name like “Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine”, you can pretty much guarantee it’s going to get featured.

The machine, by a design studio called HeyHeyHey, was built in response to their first Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine, which was such a success that groups all around the world requested its availability for shows and festivals. Since it didn’t travel well, HeyHeyHey decided to build another Melvin, but this time, they wanted to make it portable.

The result is a Rube Goldberg machine that’s specifically built to travel the world, and even acts like a tourist when he gets there, ‘sending’ its own postcards and taking pictures of those around it.

It’s an impressive work of interactive art, and the website does a great job of detailing each step in the process, and documenting the journey that Melvin takes, so I highly recommend you check it out.

[Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine]

…Camera Mail takes you inside the post office?

Camera Mail

Kyle Van Horn’s Camera Mail idea is an interesting one: He sends a disposable camera through the mail attached to a postcard and asks the postal workers to take pictures along the package’s journey.

    On November 30th, 2003, an oversized postcard holding one disposable camera and a roll of 800 ASA, 27-exposure film was mailed from Lafayette, IN to Santa Monica, CA. A few days later, the postman knocked on the door of my friend and found him answering in his underwear. He did not understand the statement: “The Post Master wants to know why you are mailing cameras.” as he had no prior knowledge of this delivery. Approximately 14 of the 27 shots arrived intact, all of which were taken at the Lafayette post office.

[Camera Mail]

[Via: Neatorama]