Tag: Information Decoration

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Squamata headset dances with the Music

Inspired by body language of animals (in particular squamates and porcupines), designer Jop Japenga created a headphone with an adaptive skin that responds to the music played on them – resembling a bird performing a mating dance.

The concept of his headphone was to make an public depiction of one’s frame of mind rather than a set of headphones that just reacted to the hits of every song. Inner atmosphere is communicated through a skin of reflective scales. Japenga used memory metal, an Arduino controller and custom electronic to create a working prototype with kinetic scales on the band that wave with either energetic or subtle force in accordance with the genre of music.

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Information Decoration

Debugged: ‘Graphic Design Bugs’

The Eindhoven-based design team ‘Edhv’ made an installation to turn creepy crawlers into genuine graphic designers. By letting crickets, woodlice, ants and many other insects loose in a box with a camera on top of it, they are able to track the path of these little creatures. Through some tracking software and scripting these patterns then get printed on to big sheets of paper. Through modifying the landscape in the box they can create all sorts of logos and typography. As it turns out; each type of insect has it’s own specific pattern so no two prints are the same.

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Biopolitics

Ars Electronica 2010: Artists Adressing NextNature

Sind wir noch zu retten? That was the slogan of this year’s Ars Electronica festival in Linz (Austria). Titled ‘REPAIR’, the media art festival urged to leave our scepticism and lethargy behind and turn to artists, designers, scientists and engineers to search a way out. What do these pioneers tell us? How can we reach an alternative future? And what’s living like in NextNature?

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Intimate Technology

Intimacy Dress

The Intimacy dress takes our notion personal space to a next level: the closer someone approaches, the more transparent the dress becomes. As such, the garment becomes a sort of second skin that allows the body to become an ‘interface’. As the interaction is similar to known interfacial body functions like blushing, one can anticipate the interaction to function on an intuitive level.

The dress is comprised of a flexible e-foil, which becomes transparent when slightly powered. The project is being developed by Studio Roosegaarde in collaboration with V2 as an exploration of the relationship between intimacy and technology.

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Biopolitics

ISEA 2010: Artists addressing NextNature

At ISEA 2010, the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, media artists and media researchers from all over the world present their work in Dortmund (Germany). This year, many projects focus on the relationship between man and nature and man and technology. An overview of contemporary artistic practices of NextNature at ISEA 2010.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

Twitwee Clock

Haroon Baig from Germany has figured out a way to key up the amount of 50+ Twitter addicts.

This progressive nostalgic cuckoo device displays new tweets from any twitter stream or search on the built-in display, “accompanied by the charming yet obtrusive call of a mechanical cuckoo popping out of the clock”.

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Back to the Tribe

SMSlingshot

Urban intervention, naughty boy-style! The public media interventionists of VR/Urban have designed a cool tool to intervene into next nature: the SMSlingshot. A wooden, embedded interaction device –equipped with an ultra-high frequency radio, a hacked Arduino board, laser and batteries – to shoot your own message directly onto a building or media facade. With some tucked away beamers, it works like magic. Reclaim the screens!

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Marching Back to the Tribe

Hurray, the Next Nature tribe is growing! Today, we’ve welcomed our 2,000th friend on Facebook. And what better way is there to honour this person with a celebrational parade organised by our comrades from the Next Nature Twitter Tribe? IS Parade is a nice webtoy, but also a good illustration of how social media can be understood as a form of contemporary tribalness, including the symbolism that comes with it. March on, back to the tribe – forward to a next nature!

Create your own parade here.

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Anthropomorphobia

HappyLife

As our everyday living spaces are packed with electronics and become increasingly sentient, we might one day wake up in a house that knows more about your family’s state than you do.

Designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau (remember their lustrous audio tooth?) are investigating if such technology would be helpful or too invasive. Their HappyLife project consists of a visual display linked to the thermal image camera, which employs facial recognition to differentiate between members of the family.

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