Author: Jack


Painted by Robot

The Senseless Drawing Robot is a painting robot that interprets nearby street and sidewalk traffic and turns it into sprays of pigment. The robot is turning chaos into order, and then injecting that order with a bit more chaos. Japanese designers So Kanno and Takahiro Yamaguchi have found a way around the input-output nature of these drawing machines by mounting a double pendulum on top of a modified electric skateboard and a pressure-based paint system. The Senseless Drawing Robot has a level of unpredictability akin to Pollock’s dripping brush. Can we earnestly claim that this robot is doing things all that differently from Pollock?


Boomeranged Metaphors

Millions Mourn After Massacre Leaves City Littered with (Virtual) Dead

“Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities,” wrote a representative going by the name of Nethaera. This October, a serial hacker laid waste to World of Warcraft (WoW),  unleashing a deadly “significant hack”. This virtual genocide left thousands of skeletons littering the realm of Azeroth. Perhaps stranger still was the fact that mainstream news organizations from the BBC to the Huffington Post breathlessly reported the events. As we move towards an increasingly virtual existence we should expect a lot more major virtual news.


A New “High Line” Leads to Rotterdam

The High Line, the amazing recycling project that converted a former NYC railroad to high-rise park, has inspired the reincarnation of similar disused urban spaces across the globe. As part of the cultural strategy ‘I Make Rotterdam‘, the central district of Rotterdam will be connected with the northern neighborhoods via a raised pedestrian platform. The experience of walking through a living space is comforting to us in an age when everything is artificial and motorized. Interestingly, it seems that the “natural” can not be appreciated unless it is neatly structured in a linear, park-like form.

NYC High Line