- September 6th, 2009
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Like a monk in a scriptorium, an industrial robot draws calligraphic lines with high precision on rolls of paper that, after 7 months, will yield a completely transcribed bible. This installation emphasizes scripture as the elementary function for two cultural systems of religion and science.
(thanks to dnstartsev)
Some pix from the Device Art Project:
• The Media Vehicle, from Hiroo Iwata, is a bulbous-shaped mode of transport
that allows the user to travel in real or virtual spaces with the help of
a wide-angle external camera feeding visuals to the inside of the capsule.
There can be a sense of displacement that may cause some to become queasy
if the outside motion of the camera is too jerky,
but the intention is to present more realistic imagery taken from differing angles.
For example, the camera can be mounted on the underside of the vehicle
and as the vehicle moves forward, you get the feeling
of being like a small animal traveling close to the ground.
• “Morpho Tower” series – toward a responsive and dynamic form of morphing art
Sachiko Kodama creates ferrofluid sculpture which becomes a dynamically fluid art form using an electromagnet with an iron core that is sculpted into a chosen shape. The ferrofluid covers the sculpted iron shape with it’s movements being controlled by adjusting the power of the electromagnet. Sensors and/or computer input may be used as a controlling mechanism.
(thanks to manf1234)
• I’m a bit reluctant to promote any kind of shooting or competitive game,
but this is an interesting all-around (eh, hem) concept nonetheless.
Ryota Kuwakubo has created the LoopScape which does away with the flat “left-right” appearance
of game displays and presents a cylindrical readout
whereby the players move around in circular patterns.
In some ways, it will tone down the number of shots that you may take
trying to hit your opponent because the “bullet” can make it’s way around the circle
and hit you from behind if you happen to miss. This also gets game-players off their butts and moving,
because you have to keep moving in a circle in order to
follow your actions as well as what your competitor is doing.
• Two other Kuwakubo works that I’m a bit more partial to are both very silly. A Nicodama is an electronic eyeball equipped with an infrared transceiver and mechanic apparatus. You attach two of them to any object and suddenly you have a face with randomly blinking eyes.
(thanks to nomurashi)
• …and true to it’s name, Kuwakubo’s SiliFulin is a robot tail
that takes us back to our prehensile days:
(thanks to DigInfo News)
Since the 1985 ruling by the US Patent and Trademark Office that genetically engineered plants, seeds and plant tissue could be patented, we’ve seen an enormous, but disturbing growth of modified agriculture crops. Privatization and commodification of nature contributing, ultimately, to an unnatural inurement that we can expect to continue in subsequent generations – unless we reach a stage where enough people have had enough when presented with something like a bio-engineered pet.
Genpets are here to help you reconsider.
Here’s a garment that harnesses energy from the natural gestures of the human body in motion. Around the joints of the elbows and hips, there are embedded piezoelectric sensors that generate electric potential in response to the natural mechanical stress of movement. This is then stored in a small battery as voltage and potential energy that can be later coupled with a device needing the charge. This means that you could potentially recharge your iPhone or another small electric device.
Power dressing provided by Amanda Parkes & Adam Kumpf.
The Swiss Federal Statistical Office is Switzerland’s national center for public statistics.
One of the many bits of information that they keep track of is traffic flow –
especially the number of vehicles and their speed –
in areas such as the very well-travelled Gotthard Road Tunnel
which is the third longest road tunnel in the world at about 16 km.
This information has been transformed in real-time by Sabine Haerri & Yvonne Weber
who have transported it to a bench-like structure embedded with speakers and vibrating platform.
As the traffic increases in this Swiss tunnel over 600 km away,
so do the vibrations sent right up your back as you lie flat and happy.
The hotel in the background is quite wonderful too.
(thanks to Haerri & Weber)
Bill Fontana won this year’s Golden Nica in digital sound for his work Speeds of Time, but while listening to this installation along the banks of the Donau, I couldn’t help think how analog an idea this was. It’s a beautiful sculptural sound map of the sound of London’s Big Ben. Imagine tracing the audio imagery of such an audio icon, beginning from the Tower itself and continuing with many microphones spread across special geographic listening points throughout the city. Fontana has been doing these large sound installations emphasizing great distances or the relocation of sound for decades. Spend some time at his website to explore more of these wonderful works.
“My medium is sound. I could create the most interesting piece,
but if it doesn’t translate to the space, it’s worthless.”
(thanks to Bill Fontana)