DIY is my Flash-based senior project which allows viewers to put together Rube Goldberg inspired machines.
My project is an exploration of Rube Goldberg machines and the way they ultimately fail at performing their tasks. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist and inventor who became popular by drawing complex devices to complete simple, every-day tasks. The board game Mouse Trap as well as the films Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Edward Scissorhands, Back to the Future, and others contain contraptions that are influenced by Rube Goldberg’s drawings. Being an over-complicator of the highest order, Goldberg’s machines are metaphors for my thought process and lead to the feeling of “Life is a Circus.” Viewers interact with my circus by choosing tasks to be accomplished. Once finished, machines build machines to complete the chosen tasks. The visual theme for my project is a combination of the mechanical and a circus performance and is set on a stage for the world to see.