Category Installation Art

Spectacular Spaces Made of Glowing String

I’m constantly curious about innovation in the design of experiences, and that inevitably causes my head to turn when someone unveils promising new technologies. But lately I have been more compelled by new thinking that doesn’t require gadgetry to make me look twice. We’ve seen galleries made of pure color, an exhibit that uses your sense of smell instead of one you’d expect, and other surprises. The latest in this hopefully growing trend for me is the work of Korean-German artist Jeongmoon Choi, who creates magical spaces with nothing but some string and UV lights. Note to self: don’t wait for the next electronics product announcement to conceive something fresh.

Originally spotted at Creator’s Project.

Interactive Exhibit Galleries of Pure Color

When Carlos Cruz-Diez began, it wasn’t called “installation art”, but rather the Kinetic Movement. He has been hard at work on his “Chromosaturation” series ever since, with two shows currently in Paris and Mexico. Using only very simply filtered flourescent lights, he changes the entire feeling of a space. Even the color of the visitors themselves changes, as they interact by moving through the zones of red, green and blue.

From designboom:

The chromatic spaces act as detonators to alter the perception of its audience – modifying skin color, clothing and objects – shocking viewers’ retinas from the changing visual saturation as they move from booth to booth. Cruz-Diez experiments with the spectator’s quotidian experience of color, disrupting the way light is processed by the human eye – creating an aesthetic universe that submerges the observer in the artist’s autonomous reality of color, time and space.

Via designboom and others.

Out of Print

Inexplicably excellent: Out Of Print is a live printing installation that scrambles up Twitter trending topics with an iPad, then sends the results to be letterpress printed. From outofprint on Vimeo, via Creators Project.

Cartier’s Interactive Shop Windows

Just in time for the holidays: designers Zigelbaum + Coelho (and Hypersonic Engineering & Design) create interactive window-dressing for Cartier: passersby wave open jewelry boxes from the sidewalk.

Via Creators Project.

The Chilean Pavilion

The Venice Architecture Biennale closed this weekend, shuttering a few remarkable pavilions. The Chilean Pavilion sticks in my mind in particular, largely thanks to this video of it by director Christobal Palma.

Via Dezeen.

Indoor Cloud

“By perfecting the atmosphere in a room, Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde makes clouds appear out of thin air. In what seems like Photoshop or magic, Smilde carefully regulates the humidity, temperature and light of a space—and when the moment is right, he summons the cloud using a fog machine. The cottony cloud only lasts a few moments for it to be captured on film, and suspends in the middle of the room just before it collapses—evoking a sense of surrealism and ephemerality of nature.”


Zimoun’s Tower of Sound

Everyone’s favorite sound installation artist, Zimoun, is back with a new installation at the Museu da Imagem e do Som in São Paulo. See more videos from Studio Zimoun here. And here is his latest highlights reel, for good measure:

MoMA’s In-House Design Team: The Website

I never thought to look for the online portfolio of MoMA’s in-house design team until I stumbled on it somehow through Quora’s exhibit design topic. Worth a loooong visit!

The Gorgeous Obsession of “Reading Forms” Continues

Fan of graphic design? Fan of exhibit design? Have I got the blog for you. Reading Forms, a tumblr of images of graphic design exhibitions by Yotam Hadar, continues its year-long gorgeous obsession. Here’s to another year, Yotam.

Previously noted here.

A Billboard That Advertises Nothing



Exhibit Design Bookshelf

A while back I created an exhibit design bookshelf on Shelfari (with the help of then-intern-now-designer Jess Griscti). For years I have collected books on exhibit design, museum planning and interactive space. I have the actual physical bookshelf, with all the actual books, in my office, so I don’t look at the virtual one that often. It’s worth a look. It still needs some categorizing and blurbs, but I haven’t seen anything like it anywhere else.

To Become Recognizable

The installation art piece “Line Surface Space” is a collaboration between Kawahara Krause Architects and painter Nobuko Watabiki. I was moved by the question they asked, according to this article in Co.Design: “How much definition does an area need,” the Hamburg-based architects wondered, “in order to become recognizable?” In this case, simple planes sketched with woolen thread seem to be the answer.

Gravity Free

Gravity Free, the “Only Multidisciplinary Design Conference In The World,” takes place next Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago. The lineup is great, and I have the, um, challenge of moderating the panel sessions. Wish me luck, and see you there!

Condoms Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou in Paris is being, um, protected by 80,000 condoms. Irish artist Bryan McCormack‘s Preservation is Life lines the iconic staircase on the facade. Brilliant.

Via Feel Desain.

Life is Beautiful (Written in Knives)

Powerful: Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri’s ‘Life is Beautiful’ at the Venice Biennale last year featured hundreds of knives stabbing the walls at the Pinault Foundation’s Palazzo Grassi to spell out the title in script.

Via Swiss Miss and Wallpaper.