Variable 4 Variable 4 is an outdoor sound installation that translates weather conditions into musical patterns in real time. Using meteorological sensors connected to a custom software environment, the weather itself acts as conductor, navigating through a map of twenty-four specifically-written movements. Every aspect of the piece, from broad harmonic progressions down to individual notes and timbres, is influenced by changes in the environment: wind speed, rainfall, solar radiation, humidity, tropospheric variance, temperature, and more. The resultant composition is performed over an indeterminate duration through eight loudspeakers integrated into the landscape. More information Read more about Variable 4: About: its structure, score and recording News: current and future events Sites: locations that Variable 4 has taken place Credits: the artists, technicians and sponsors Mailing List
How language can affect the way we think Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?) might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For instance, he points out, in Chinese, saying “this is my uncle” is not as straightforward as you might think. In Chinese, you have no choice but to encode more information about said uncle. The language requires that you denote the side the uncle is on, whether he’s related by marriage or birth and, if it’s your father’s brother, whether he’s older or younger. “All of this information is obligatory. This got Chen wondering: Is there a connection between language and how we think and behave? While “futured languages,” like English, distinguish between the past, present and future, “futureless languages” like Chinese use the same phrasing to describe the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow. But that’s only the beginning. Featured illustration via iStock.
Morphogenetic Creations by Andy Lomas Created by a mathematician, digital artist and Emmy award winning supervisor of computer generated effects – Andy Lomas, Morphogenetic Creations is a collection of works that explore the nature of complex forms that can be produced by digital simulation of growth systems. These pieces start with a simple initial form which is incrementally developed over time by adding iterative layers of complexity to the structure. The aim is to create structures emergently: exploring generic similarities between many different forms in nature rather than recreating any particular organism. Programmed using C++ with CUDA, the series use a system of growth by deposition: small particles of matter are repeatedly deposited onto a growing structure to build incrementally over time. The Cellular Forms use a more biological model, representing a simplified system of cellular growth. “Morphogenetic Creations” is on display at the LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art) until March 1st, 2014.
Object Installations | Nicola Yeoman Nicola Yeoman plays with perspective as well as using unusual objects in very particular spaces in order to create intriguing object installations. The British artist and set designer, who never studied art, grew up making dens in her childhood home in Yorkshire out of whatever she could get her hands on, and this inspires her artwork to this day. Her work walks the fine line between boldness and fragility. Some installations have an etherial and eerie feel to them, and others can only be seen from a very specific vantage point.
Bipolar | 7,83 HZ de Véronique Béland Cette oeuvre cherche à reproduire les résonances de Schumann, un phénomène atmosphérique naturel et permanent fait de pics spectraux dans le domaine des extrêmement basses fréquences (ELF) du champ électromagnétique terrestre. Ceux-ci se propagent autour de la Terre sous la forme d’ondes, et comprennent une fréquence fondamentale (7.83 Hz) et quatre harmoniques principales situées entre 14 et 34 Hz. En faisant coïncider ce phénomène avec les recherches en neurosciences, on constate que ce sont les mêmes fréquences qui déterminent le rythme cérébral chez l’être humain: la fondamentale est identique aux longueurs d’onde Alpha émises par le cerveau par état de relaxation profonde ou de méditation, alors que les harmoniques correspondent à la gamme des ondes Beta, produites lors d’une activité cognitive intense. Il y avait d’abord le désir de voir ou d’entendre des choses qui ne sont normalement pas présentes aux sens; l’obsession de ressentir que le vide n’est pas rien.
Web Designers Have a Responsibility to Protect Civil Rights by Natalie Shoemaker The internet and its design standards are at odds, according to Daniel Kahn Gillmor, a Technologist for the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology project. If Americans want to have any bit of privacy on the open web, designers need to implement better security standards. The ACLU has long concentrated on protecting the civil liberties of Americans, and the next step, they believe, is to make sure “encryption and other privacy enabling technologies to exist in a digital age,” Gillmor said in a blog post. The internet is our new infrastructure and in it we should have the same rights that have been handed down to us in the terrestrial world. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...” It's easy for designers to get caught up in optimizing a site for less clicks to get to a product that they can forget that users are humans with rights to privacy.
Hyphae | Hyphae Lamp The Hyphae lamp is a series of organic table lamps based on how veins form in leaves. Each lamp is a completely one-of-a-kind design 3D-printed in nylon plastic. The lamps are lit by eco-friendly LED's and cast dramatic branching shadows on the wall and ceiling. About Hyphae Hyphae is a collection of 3D printed artifacts constructed of rhizome-like networks. Lighting Specifications The lamp comes with an eco-friendly 3-watt 200 lumen LED light fixture with three bright Cree LED's that will last for 6 years of continuous use. Chaos and Color: Poster Inspiration Board Once again we present another beautiful poster selection - visit our Pinterest board for an extensive library of awe-inspiring designs. Today, as you'll notice, they don't follow any particular theme or style. You will see a lot visual experiments with disconnected styles taking us far away from rationalism. A blend of both oneiric and satirical lettering, with a dash of abstract language and a wide variety of other influences; breaking the rules of minimalism and modernism, taking over with outlandish graphic elements. Chaos and color are the protagonists, the perfect complement to postmodern mashups using collage, oriental typography, Moiré, and a large helping of Japanese subculture. Source Source
Marco Donnarumma | new media art, live media performance, sound design Tech trends 2015: 3D printing grows up - Tech Advisor Blog Twice as many 3D printers will be sold in 2015 as in 2014. 2016 will see twice as many again. Does this mean we’ll all have 3D printers in our study, workshop or kitchen, and be wearing 3D-printed clothes and headgear (above, from this year's 3D Printshow)? Probably not, but the customisation made available by 3D printing will impact your life in a lot of interesting ways. The massive growth in 3D printers that analyst firm Gartner predicts isn’t in the home. Where the growth is really going to happen is in commercial manufacturing – for example, HP’s first 3D printer, the Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer is aimed at design firms and will cost over £100,000 when it ships in 2016. In January 2014, Stratasys launched the world’s first multi-material, full-colour 3D printers, the snappily titled Objet500 Connex3 Color Mutli-material 3D Printer – which produced the shoe below – at a wince-inducing price of £200,000.
Shadows - Frieder Weiss Concept and Implementation: Frieder Weiss Concept, Choreography and Dance: Emily Fernandez Links: Downloadable version: Shadows.wmv Emily FernandezÂ´ website: Emily Fernandez Concept (program notes from 2003) This dance performance uses the age old theater technique of a shadow play, combining it with the possibilities of realtime digital media. Since the development of the human consciousness people know their â€švirtualâ€™ companion, the body shadow. After many years of a tremendous hype about â€˜the virtualâ€™ we experience a big disillusionment. Nowadays we are also leaving abstract data shadows in the computer world. The shadows performance and installation makes those ideas itâ€™s theme: the shifting border between body and mediated virtual body image. Engineers Notes: Technology In one corner of the space we put a light source which is throwing the shadow image on the large projection screen. Relevance This performance was the beginning of a new era for me in multiple ways.
Creative Furniture Design Here is a series of furniture designed by studio Fredrikson Stallard. In folded, creased or serrated materials, filled of pink and blue feathers, these tables, mirrors and chairs featured unusual design. More details in images. [Video] Jim Campbell's Sculptural LED Light Installations Even the Lumiére Brothers would glow over the work of artist and light engineer, Jim Campbell. The prolific pioneer of patchwork bulb-wiring's career spans three decades, and his work keeps on getting better—the artist's newest works have been called "consummate" and "transformative" by Art Daily after their debut this month at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. It goes without saying that the mastery of his specific genre of low resolution re-imagings, communicated through programmed bulbs and LEDs, is a practice thirty years in the making. Good thing he's got a retrospective show coming up. Campbell's installation at San Diego Airport. Campbell's career began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, when, after garnering a BS in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1978, Campbell decided to focus his efforts on generating the technology that would allow him to turn 2D videos into 3D light sculptures. Says Campbell, "Light is a meta-thing. A Still of 'Home Movies' (2014).