My name is Ali Abbas, also known as Alan Lee or Abbas-IT on Bit-Tech.net and other forums.
I am probably the oldest here with my 48 years. I am what we call a Britstan, that’s a British mother and Pakistani father. I live in Germany since 1989. I also spent a considerable time on the sub continent Indo-Pakistan, where I really learnt the DIY mentality and do with what you have. If you need it, make it, real Mc-Gyver style. I am self-employed in the IT and Networks services sector since over a decade and that’s pretty much where my interest in hardware comes from. As far as art is concerned, well I would say I am quite an all-rounder. I have my own music studio, am a poet, a painter, have rocked at gigs with my rock bands about 100 times in Germany and have always been a DIY and creative guy. I don’t like to see things as they are, but what they could be which ends up in my using some of the most peculiar things imaginable to make my art. Even though I am told that I once opened up my dad’s electric type writer at the age 7, and actually screwed it back together again and it still worked, I think my first real casemod was in the mid nineties, as PC cases were still expensive and not really made to look good. It wasn’t anything I could of sent in for a beauty contest nowadays but I guess it was my first case made from scratch.
The first one really worth mentioning though was built in 2008. I am fortunate to live in Germany where I had been watching the ever growing German Casemod Championship since 2001. I applied, for the first time in 2010 though. I qualified in 3 categories and actually won 3rd place in the first go with my little 30 quid project called Wooden Warlock. Even though I never have been dormant as far as being creative is concerned, I think that it was that event that really sparked and ignited my love for building computers and other electronical equipment into pieces of art. Frankly speaking, I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since then. I am in a constant state of going through ideas and building them. I sometimes have 4 or five projects at a time. While still going to work every day to earn my daily bread, I also build now for certain industry partners and shows, events and sponsors who have supported me the last few years.
I cannot imagine being dormant and non creative and frankly speaking, when I am asked how I come up with the ideas, I can only say, I simply don’t know the state of being without. Its more an obsessive passion than just a hobby that dominates almost every one of my evenings and most weekends too. I am a slave always wanting to please and satisfy my own imagination by building what I want to visualize in my version of a design, form and theme. I simply love what I do.
In the mean time I am the proud owner of my first patent too having invented a new type of game controller which I intend to now show to some industrial partners. I have till this day 39 international Modding awards, with 9x German Championship wins. In 2012 I started the world’s first world record casemod called the DCMM COLOSSUS which is officially the world largest fully functional computer mouse, while also holding the computer with which it works at the same time.
Well, enough of all that boasting about the past. I always look forward to the next projects where I can apply my philosophies of creating art. Everything I make, is made 100 handmade, meaning I use no CNC, Laser cuts, 3d printing or other such automation. Using only hand held tools and making what fools people into thinking a machine spat out the parts I make really sporns me on. Even though I don’t rule out using them for ordered projects, I like to show that only hand made is man made. Most of the builds I make are subject to change as I go along, I don’t really make much of a plan, which would certainly be a waste of time because I am certain I wouldn’t stick to it. So far I have built at least 30 Cases and creations which have been on display at the Schwabacher City Museum as well as various events, maker fairs and other shows and TV here in Germany.
I believe, or rather know that as long as I continue to do the best to live the theme, then the theme will live. Applying this philosophy has helped me to make almost any imaginable theme I could think up so far, like THE DARK KNIGHT, THE SAMURAI SACRILEGIUM, RAGNAR`S REVENGE, PC-REFORGED, POWER ON DEMAND, DCMM COLOSSUS and THE BLACK WIDOW just to mention a few which can be seen at bit-tech and other forums.
Personally I like the more masculine, wild, sinister, type of themes. The unthought-of of forms and ideas and like to transform the otherwise block shaped computers into a frenzy of geometrical madness.
This event will rob me of my last hours of sleep too, but I admit that I wouldn’t want it otherwise.
I simply cannot think of a better way to spend my time. So let’s mod!!!