I've been slowly working towards building my own Arcade Machine. After searching through various sites to fulfill my particular hardware requirements, and given that I'm on a Mac and want to transfer my ROM files via a USB Stick rather than SFTP,  I've decided to post and share my findings from my session. 

What you need:

-HDMI compatible Monitor
-Micro SD Card (I used an 8GB one)
-USB Stick
-USB keyboard
-Gamepad (optional)
-Download RPi-sd Card builder onto your primary computer
-Download the 'RetroPie Project SD Card Image' onto your primary computer from the RetroPie Downloads page
-ROM Files to play games

Starting from the beginning:

Configure your Raspberry Pi 2
- Insert the included micro SD card featuring the Noobs Setup.
- Plug in and power up (boot) the RaspberryPi 2
- Select Recommended installation.
-Once finished, type in the command: 'sudo shutdown -h now' and press enter
-this shutsdown your Raspberri Pi2

Format a Micro SD card to Fat 32
Go to Disk Utility, Select your drive, Select 'Fat 32', Select 'Erase'

Format a USB Stick to Fat 32
Go to Disk Utility, Select your drive, Select 'Fat 32', Select 'Erase'

Mount Retropie Image to Micro SD Card
-Mount the image file "retropie-v3.3.1-rpi2" onto your new SD Card using an app called "RPi-sd card builder v1.2"
-select your image file (make sure your directory to your image file does not include folders with any spaces on their names, it's best to place it on the desktop)
-select your sd card
-your sd card will automatically eject
-wait for this to finish

Boot Retropie on RaspberryPie 2
-Insert your micro SD card into the RaspberryPi 2 
- Plug in and Boot your RaspberryPi 2
- This should take you to the Emulation Station Menu
-Enter your preferred controls for navigating the Emulation Station Menu (type any controls, you can change these anytime)
- Once your back at the Emulation Station menu again, Press F4 to get to the command line, type: 'Sudo raspi-config' and press enter
- You should be at the RaspberryPi Configuration Menu
- Select 'Expand Filesystem' to use all the usable space on your micro SD Card and press enter, press ok
- Press right on the keyboard, select 'Finish'
- type in the command: 'sudo reboot'
-When it reboots to the Emulation Station Menu you wanna make sure your Retropie is up to date so press F4 again
-type in the command: 'sudo apt-get update' press enter
-type in the command: 'sudo apt-get upgrade' press enter
-reboot the RaspberryPi 2 by typing: 'sudo reboot'
- When it reboots to the Emulation Station Menu, Insert your brand new USB Stick into the RaspberryPi 2 for 10 seconds then remove it. (This fills the USB with the proper ROM directory to play on the Emulation Station App) (If this doesn't work, you need to activate usbromservice by pressing F4, type: 'cd RetroPie-Setup', then type: 'sudo ./retropie_setup.sh, then select 'setup', then select '327 USB ROM Service'. Then boot up, insert USB Stick for 10 seconds before removing.
-Shutdown RaspberryPi 2 by typing the command: 'sudo shutdown -h now'

Transfer ROM files to USB Stick
-Insert the USB Stick into your primary computer (where your ROM files are)
-Navigate to the 'boot/roms' folder and transfer your ROM files into the appropriate folders. (.zip files are only allowed for MAME, all others use .snes, or nes, etc.)

Boot your Raspberry Pi 2 and configure Controllers
- Insert your USB Stick,Plug in any controllers via USB, then Boot your Raspberry Pi 2 
- Your Raspberry Pi 2 should detect a new game pad, if so, hold any button down and configure your controls as you wish. 
If not, go to the retropie settings menu, Choose input configuration, and do it there (I think)
- Here you can also select your audio preferences for retropi either HDMI (didn't work for me) or headphones (which works perfect!)

Play til your eyes bleed!
Here's a video of my piece at the Fine Arts Work Center Fellows Exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. On view January 15 - February 28, 2016

Euphorbia Revelationem from michaelmenchaca on Vimeo.

RISD Printmaking Grad Biennial 2015 Opening

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April 17 to May 7 2015

Sol Koffler Gallery
169 Weybosset Street Providence, RI


Studio Update

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Thesis Midterm
I am in my MFA thesis semester at RISD. My studio time is devoted to writing, editing, composing animations, and overindulging on social media. This past week was my midterm. I set up a prototype for my thesis exhibition, here, you'll find images taken by Brian Shure of the thesis installation in progress. In attendance, are critics Faye Hirsch and Jonathan Weinberg along with RISD alumn Amber Heaton, Elizabeth Farrell, and the RISD graduate printmaking class.

Digital animations from the installation.


RISD Printmaking Class of 2014

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In the studio: Letterpress Printing

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Film & Video Installation work

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In the studio: Letterpress Printing

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Video stuff

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Skowhegan Awards Dinner 2014

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Micro class of 2011 reunion 
Lucy Lippard receiving her award
Janine Antoni suspended from the ceiling underneath casted body parts 

Janine and her performer take a bow

Oculus Ceremonia II

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I had the chance to try a different concoction of the Oculus Ceremonia project in another site. This one was more intimate, and the temperature was baking hot in the 1st floor of College Building. It was interesting to see people's inclination to kneel. Some photos:

photos by Patrick Han


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Janie Geiser Residency

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I spent last week helping out Janie Geiser, a film/multi-media performance artist, during her residency at Brown University.

A blurb via her website:
"Janie Geiser is an internationally recognized visual/theater artist and experimental filmmaker, whose work is known for its investigation of the emotional power of inanimate objects, its sense of mystery, and its strength of design."
(Holly Willis, Res, 2004)

Truly a rewarding experience.


Oculus Ceremonia

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I've recently been exploring the possibilities of virtual reality as an art medium. Using the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display, the viewer experiences a 360-degree digital animation. Here are some photos of recent experimentation.

view from inside the oculus rift

Reading Room Opening at Gelman Gallery, RISD

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Curated by Wangui Maina & Seojung Min, The Reading Room is an exhibition of student work at RISD with an extensive focus on interpretation.


"1) Reading Room approaches artwork as “books” where each piece is meant to be read to communicate its contents. In this exhibition, reading should be regarded as a creation that requires readers to lend their imagination and interpretation as much as the author does. The two subjects, artist(author) and viewer(reader), are therefore able to come together and initiate a dialogue. Reading Room attempts to create a space where the artist and viewer find mutual understanding through an exchange of creative ideas.

The work in this exhibition covers broad range of what is interpreted as a book. In the collaborative project, The Art of the Book, artist Nava Atlas describes artist books as “a work of art that takes the form of a book, even if in that case the definition of ‘book’ is somewhat nebulous”. Work such as Cecile Chekovsky’s Milk incorporates a traditional reading experience but is altered by using the posture required to hold a baby while reading the work. This emphasizes the intimate experience delivered by the traditional artist book. On the other hand, Matthew Mahoney's ink drawing series becomes a means for him to engage the storyline of a specific text as he continuously sketches his interpretation of it. Ian Faria’s A discussion with Gareth Jones incorporates the literal act of reading while also showing the process of interpretation through found footage. The wide range of media in this exhibition emphasizes the many ways reading functions.

The line between artist and author becomes easily blurred when considering reading as a form of exchange. The artist uses their own knowledge gained from different texts, then condenses it into artwork that communicates themes to the viewer. This forms an intimate interaction that can best be described as reading. We hope this exhibition can inspire new dialogues and interactions between people who encounter this space. A library of books provided by the artists is also available for museum visitors to reference and form their own associations between the artwork and texts. "

With Wangui
The show includes books that influence the work of the artists in the show

With Seojung

My prints titled Index of figural archetypes and recurring pattern ornamentation.
Tia Blassingame
Roque Montez*

More pictures of the exhibition here.
* images via risd.edu



About the 1900 Vectors Project

This project began as an attempt to live up the the brand name MCMVectors. MCM, translating to 1900 in Roman numerals, incited an inherent devotion to the literal translation of the brand "1900Vectors". The project was initiated on March 16, 2009 and continued through Dec. 26, 2010, when it was placed on hold for academic finalization.

As of Nov. 1, 2011, the project has resurfaced.


Why am I doing this? As a visual artist it is important for me to keep producing work everyday. It is one of my ways of keeping myself visually stimulated and continue to create work daily for the next 5 years. Self portraits, events, and changing daily themes are all part of the collective stock that this diary comprises. Due to the nature of the project, I am required to have access to the internet and my computer at all times.This is not always a possibility, so I'm posting vectors in bulk at times. Thank you for visiting the blog and visit often.

-Michael Menchaca

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There are times when I am so wrapped up in the actual "physical" world, that I don't make time to sit down and think through my digital vector explorations. These are times where I deny myself a mental release. An essential part of my day, really. Initially this blog was a way of creating a personal documentation on my self- image. A reflection of what I look like over the years and how i will undergo physical transformation or the documentation of my own aging process. However, this blog has turned into something else. It has taken on the role of a journal or diary of my ideas. It is an imperative part of my daily routine. A visual brainstorming process that helps me think more clearly and a sense of accomplishment on a daily basis. I welcome others to witness this personal process and invite them into my life, into my mind, and into my emotions. I hope you find this blog to be in all sincerity and enjoy as I continue exploring ideas.
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