The Mood Ring of the 21th Century
Have you ever worn a mood ring? Rings that were thought to be able to indicate ones mood through color. Whether they were reliable or not, people have been wearing them since their introduction in the mid ’70s and are still wearing them today. Currently, a Finnish design company called Moodmetric is trying to give these trinkets a modern face lift by making them digital.
A battle is underway between designers and engineers; at stake is the design of our technological future. It rages subtly like a moorland fire. Koert van Mensvoort adds fuel to the flames, but also offers a solution. The impact of new technology on our lives is hard to overestimate. Read more
Sticky Notes Are The “New” USB Drives
The future of USB keys? Sticky notes 2.0! Traditional Post-it has been updated by an Indian duo of designers, Aditi Singh and Parag Anand. DataSTICKIES could be the next generation of data portability. Made of graphene to mimic the look of little adhesive note tabs, they can store a great quantity of digital information, just like a USB key.
Walter Benjamin on Film and the Senses
During the late 1930’s the philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote its widely influential essay ‘The work of Art in the Age of Its Technical Reproducibility’. While describing a general shift in the arts and their perception and warning about the possible exploitation for political purposes his work examines carefully the medium, especially photography and film, and its sensual aspects. He attributes a tactile and palpable quality to film that elevates the medium and stresses its meaning for the human collective.
Benjamin formulates a historical task of film, ‘which is to gain control over technology and its effects.’ For him, film is an exercise for the senses to adapt ourselves. It were the ‘successive changes of scene and focus’ that were ‘a true training ground’ of modern perception. Film thus corresponds to the changes that each passerby experiences in big-city traffic. On the one hand the ‘filmic stimuli transcend the category of purely optical impressions’, on the other hand they stay safely or visually enframed in the screen.