Archive for October, 2007

High touch visual

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Hoehenluft by Pixelgarten

Tactile shows how graphic design is moving into three-dimensional objects and products. The innovative examples documented in the book TACTILE – High Touch Visuals, distributed by Die Gestalten Verlag, demonstrate how designers are developing and implementing their ideas spatially from the very outset of a project. Tactile proves that spatial innovation in graphic design is not limited to personal work or artistic endeavours, but is being sought out more and more often by commercial clients, for example, in store design.

Mariko Mori

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Mariko Mori lives and works in New York. This November, Deitch Projects will be pleased to present Tom Na H-iu, an exhibition of new work by Mariko Mori. The title of the exhibition draws its name from the monumental 4.5 meter sculpture of the same name, and will be exhibited along with two other large-scale sculptures, Flatstone and Roundstone. The works develop Mori’s continued interest in a fusion of art and technology, Buddhism, and the idea of universal spiritual consciousness. Drawing from ancient rituals and symbols, Mori uses cutting edge technology and material to create a strikingly beautiful vision for the 21st century.

Mori’s last installation at Deitch Projects was Oneness in 2003, a project held in conjunction with the Public Art Fund’s installation of her Wave UFO project. Oneness is an allegory of connectedness, a representation of the disappearance of boundaries between the self and others. It is a symbol of the acceptance of otherness and a model for overcoming national and cultural borders. It also is a representation of the Buddhist concept of oneness, of the world existing as one interconnected organism.

Mariko Mori’s remarkable sculpture, Wave UFO was included in the 2005 Venice Biennale, after being exhibited in New York with the Public Art Fund and at the Palazzo Ducale, Genoa. It was recently included in her solo exhibition at The Groniger Museum. The Wave UFO is on view through January 2008, at the Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark, as part of Oneness, their survey of Mariko Mori’s work.

More on Deitch

USB with style

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Design your own USB blank cassette just like the old mix tapes.

If you are a little nostalgic of your past, companies are investing solutions. The tech from the past becomes the trend of now. A classic such as these kind-of-cool usb-devices-looking-tapes by Mixa that can be tailored with personal digital stickers, like a day at the beach or your dog with some 80’s hair style.


Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Ambo Dextro
Reconfigured typewriter, enamel

A sound machine

Friday, October 26th, 2007

What could that be? The sound machine project consists of a pneumatic quintet that will be playing at the Hanover Fair, the world’s biggest industrial fair.
Five automatic sound machines will provide musical accompaniment for the opening celebrations at the Hanover Fair. Pneumatic components and a PLC control system will be applied very differently from the way they are used in industrial automation: They will create a bridge between technology and art.

21 micro-cylinders are used in each sound machine. The micro-cylinders imitate the mechanical movements of a musician’s left hand on the string instruments, determining the pitch of the tone by changing the length of the strings. Various drumsticks and a jazz brush are moved on the drum by micro-cylinders.

Enjoy the movie of the sound machine project.

“The idea of constructing musical robots or music machines is by no means new. The 18th century was the heyday of the machine constructors. However, the technical possibilities of Roland Olbeter’s sound machines by far transcend those of earlier music-boxes, especially since electronic media open up entirely new realms of sound.” - Festo

See also the fantastic Chandelier, a large scale robotic musical instrument created by Mike Fabio, Steve Pliam and Tod Machover.

Video of the Chandelier

Don’t forget to check Untitled sound objects by Lang + Zimoun that are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you commentator gr Hicham for the link!

Untitled Sound Objects (Installations 2005-2008) by Pe Lang + Zimoun from Pe Lang + Zimoun on Vimeo.

Back in the future

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Poster by Iso50.

There is something charming in an interface with only 5 buttons, a knob, a screen and headphones.

Triggering music + visuals

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Some use Hyperscore, a music software program designed to teach students and adults how to compose music simply by drawing lines on the screen, some use loop tracks, by simple drag of slider left or right and up and down using vertical lines.

Idea generator

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

If you need a title for your project, this is the way to go.

Giant Robot

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

I recently heard that I love robots. So here you go. A robot invader by Giant Robot!

Paper toys

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Awesome paper toys to download and assemble. You also have the choice with a different style of paper toys!