Be “Come Apart” of Something
This assignment was inspired by the amazing book by Todd McLellan, “Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living.”
Prints Link: http://www.toddmclellan.com/thingscomeapart
The project was originally created for the Communications Technology 1337 course @ York College CUNY. Clease contact Daniel Phelps (dphelps(at)york.cuny.edu) for more information.
This project is primarily meant to familiarize students with the disassembly and understanding of everyday objects while at the same time introducing them to the process of documentation and reflection.
What you will need:
LOTS OF Basic tools, knives, heat gun, spudger, screwdrivers, pliers, etc… ONE Box or bag to store your pieces in. ONE Electronic component (Think; alarm clock, childs toy, old computer, old phone, radio, etc..). Access to a camera and computer with an image processing application (Photoshop or something similar).
1. Find an everyday electronic object to disassemble completely. You should be willing to “sacrifice” this object for the sake of curiosity and invention. Your object should contain plenty of electronic components. Please refer to the Things Come Apart Book located in the 4M03 Lab or here (LINK) for objects that work best for this project. Be creative with your object but understand that when you are finished with this assignment, your object will be no more and may be combined with another object in the Makerspace to become.. well remixed into an electronic FRANKENSTEIN (Mwhhhaaahhhaa).
2. You will need to disassemble your object into it’s individual components. Tear it apart, break it down. If it was glued, unglue it. If it was screwed, unscrew it. Save every piece and part (You’re going to need it).
3. Create a parts list identifying EVERY SINGLE PIECE. If it’s got a number on it, look it up. If Google cant find it, find a forum that can identify it. You will need to create a parts list that not only identifies the part, but also its purpose. To truly understand your object, you need to know how the individual components work together to give you the desired product outcome.
4. Photograph each individual component together or separately (you decide). These individual components will be put back together digitally through your image editing application. I would recommend that if your object has many parts, you create an interesting layout and photograph the components at once. If your object has few parts, I would recommend that you photograph them separately. Be creative with your compositions. The end product should feel similar to the art by Todd McLellan.. but please don’t be limited to his taste. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CREATE ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS.
When you have disassembled, documented, and composited your project, please create a blog post on MakerCommons.org with your parts list, final image composition, and a 250 word summary discussing this project. POST THIS 250 WORD SUMMARY TO THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS PROJECT WITH THE LINK TO YOUR BLOG POST.