A while ago, I crocheted a túngara, a frog I hear a lot during the wet season in Panamá. I wanted to have my model make the distinctive túngara call, which sounds like a video game sound effect, but I didn’t know how. For Christmas, Andrew gave me a bunch of cool electronics that I can record on and embed in soft toys. He even loaded one with a recording of a túngara for me!
We opened the frog up and inserted the device.
Here’s a picture of a real túngara with its characteristic inflated dewlap.
I’m looking forward to making more noisy toys like this! Someone suggested a toucan, which should be fun.
Note: This post is by Kitty and is cross-posted over all my personal blog, wellreadpanda.com 🙂
We are happy to announce that applications are open for our new Art/Science/Tech residency program for 2020! Come be a Junglepunk!
The goal of Digital Naturalism Laboratories (DINALAB) is to provide a space with access to incredible natural ecosystems, digital tools, and prototyping equipment to explore new ways of interacting with other creatures. Our new residency program shares the opportunity to explore art, science, technology, and design for an extended period of time in the rainforest. Our lab is situated walking distance from the Panama Canal, the Soberanía Rainforest in Panamá, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Your Responsibilities and Costs: Unfortunately, we are a new, independent, unfunded lab, and cannot offer a stipend or travel support. We do, however, work hard everyday here at freelance jobs to subsidize your housing costs ourselves, and we even offer a couple scholarships. The basic residency’s costs and responsibilities are:
$110 fee per week
At least one documentation post sharing what you are working on publicly on the internet.
Lead one exhibition or open house workshop for the local public
Scholarships In 2020, we are happy to announce that we can offer :
3 Local Scholarships for Panamanians (no fees, and transportation from Panama city if needed)
1 International Scholarship (no fees, and transportation from the Airport if needed)
Applications have a priority deadline of January 10, and positions are filled on a rolling basis throughout 2020. Fill out our short form indicating your intentions for the residency and availability, and we will get back to you if you are selected to solidify your residency dates. If you are not selected, applications will reset in the next calendar year, and you will need to apply again.
Digital Naturalism Laboratories (Dinalab) is a jungle prototyping studio founded in 2019. Our lab is fully equipped with Laser Cutter, 3D printers, hand tools, textile tools, and more! The prototyping facility is located in the Soberanía Rainforest in Panama. Our goals are to:
Help field biologists build their own experimental tools
Help designers explore new interactions with nature
Discover new ways of experiencing the natural world
We are also keen on documentation and open-source dissemination of all knowledge in a variety of media! Whether you are a scientist, artist, designer, hacker, or anyone excited to explore nature and technology you will find something interesting at Dinalab.
Dinalab was established by Andrew Quitmeyer and Kathleen Kelly in 2019. They live and work in Dinalab while doing freelance jobs online to cover the costs of running the laboratory and hosting open workshops for local and visiting communities.
Today Gamboa had its first serious rain in months! It’s been an unusually long, hot dry season this year, apparently one of the most intense in the past century. In some ways, the dry season is terrific: it’s not that humid, and the roads are much more passable when they’re dry, making conditions safer for most humans. However, it gets REALLY hot without rain, and the plants and animals seem a little wilted.
It was wonderful to feel the fall of a real, prolonged rain today! The skies opened up, the temperature dropped, and the air was flooded with the smell of petrichor. The ground is greedily soaking up each drop of water, and I expect that the local fauna will be especially envigorated. Whenever we get even a mild drizzle during a dry spell, you can notice some increase in animal activity – extra squawking from the birds, a livelier spring in the agoutis’ step.
The storms are bound to get longer and more dramatic, and someday soon I’ll probably get sick of the resulting humidity, but for now, Gamboa is very grateful for the rain. – Kitty
In case you wanted to see it, here’s our full talk about DINALAB and Wilderness Biocrafting: “Wild Labs for Wild Tools: The Importance of DIY Electronics and Jungle Crafting for Field Biology” – Andrew Quitmeyer, Digital Naturalism Laboratories
We invite you to come to Dinalab, our house, maker space, and art gallery! Invitamos a todos a nuestra casa!
123b Humberto Zarate, Gamboa
Friday, April 5, 6pm
Kitty and Andy’s birthday is coming up in April! This is a combined housewarming and birthday party, but instead of gifts, we’d like you to bring something you’ve made that we can exhibit in our little gallery space for the party.
It can be anything – drawing, photograph, origami, pottery, a scientific tool – as long as you made it! We can display the creations during the party, and you can take yours home at the end of the night . Message us if you have any questions about the thing you want to exhibit!
Also if you want to send a digital thing for us to print, please email us: