Calm-technology

Typing With Water

A technique developed by the German Claus Winterfor an installation artist makes whatever word you type into a computer visible by a “water-curtain”. The video shows the World premiere during the Nuit Blanche in Paris on October 5th. The theme for the presentation was “Paris” itself and words that different artists associate with it.

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Back to the Tribe

Playing Dreams

Jayne Gackenbach, a professor of psychology and sociology at Grant MacEwan College, Canada has completed research which claims that video games alter the way the brain works. Gackenbach has been researching dreams for almost 30 years, and in 1997 she polled a group of her students on the effects gaming had on their dreams, with inconclusive results.

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Fake-nature

Harddisk tree visualisation

Remember the beautiful sequoiaview harddisk visualisation posted a while ago? Above a more illustrative harddisk tree visualisation by professor Jack van Wijk. Branches are folders, files are fruit. Image was taken from his powerpoint presentation at the last Visual Powershow.

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Digital-Presence

DNAncestry Project

“Become a part of history.” and “Your journey begins” are just two quotes from the Trace your ancestry with DNA website. That says enough about the business behind it, but what I find interesting is the fact that a global DNA database is building in which we see ourselves as a small piece of a puzzle. A nice challenge to solve it, because by reproducing our great DNA puzzle gets further away from “solved” (or?!). How much would I like to see the whole picture! 🙂

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Information Decoration

Cutters

Hope you have a strong stomach for this one: There are many ways known for decorating the body (both human and f.e. swine). But it’s fascinating to see that so many “cutters” choose for decorations that symbolize harmony, beauty, old nature and… everything opposite to the pain they represent.

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Hypernature

Better than the real thing

Written by Debbie Mollenhagen

PART 1: FROM LINEAR TO CIRCULAR

Designer living has become designing life. I often ask myself: did it taste like the real thing? But when I open my eyes I see a world where plastic grows on trees and where everything tastes better than the real thing. A world which has been replaced with a copy of itself. When I was living in Australia I knew a girl who didn’t know where sultanas came from, which I thought was odd. After all, she was 15. How is it possible? I guess to me that was like buying one of those lemon squeeze things which came in the shape of a lemon, and thinking that they grew on trees. Plastics don’t grow on trees or do they?

Enjoy. Suddenly out of nothing, something fell from the sky. I found myself confronted with a piece of deformed fruit, I paused for a moment and tried to remain calm. I didn’t know what to do so I did what came naturally, I yelled back at the sky and told her that the fruit was not acceptable and that I would not eat it. Why should I, I thought? I demand more, I know my rights! I want to be able to express what I expect in my relationship with what I buy. How do I make a fruit more compatible with my needs? Then I remembered this thing fell from the sky, I didn’t buy it and besides in real life fruit has already been designed to accommodate my needs.

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Dynamic-architecture

Entry 2006 exhibition opened

Today the Entry 2006 exhibition opened in the coalwashe building, Zollverein. For 100 days ‘perspectives and visions in design’ with over 300 exhibits from more than 20 countries are on display. Next nature is one of the three theme’s of the Entry Paradise exhibition. At the pre-opening I made a some random snapshots using a Nokia phone (this means bad quality).

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Fake-nature

Park(ing)

More than 70% of San Francisco’s downtown outdoor space is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of that space is allocated to the public realm. Park(ing) provides temporary public open space in a privatized part of town.

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