Category International

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.

Considering Tomorrow’s Interfaces

Connecting (Full Film) from Bassett & Partners on Vimeo.

If you spend any time trying to think big thoughts about how to make technology truly meaningful, or even if you just worry your smartphone is slowly taking your place, this is the short documentary for you. From the Vimeo writeup:

The 18 minute "Connecting" documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry's thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be not only increasing in importance dramatically, but also expected to play a leading role in shaping the coming "Internet of things." Ultimately, when the digital and physical worlds become one, humans along with technology are potentially on the path to becoming a "super organism" capable of influencing and enabling a broad spectrum of new behaviors in the world.

Via 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.

Echoes of the Past: Digital Cave

Now showing at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, “Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan” includes a “digital cave”:

Weaving together archival photographs and current imaging technology, the Digital Cave serves as a virtual reconstruction of the South Cave at Northern Xiangtangshan. This immersive installation allows viewers to experience the site and see sculptures that have been removed from the cave restored within their original setting. The configuration and scale of the three screens are based on the architecture of the South Cave, the latest of the three cave temples of the northern group and one that contains inscriptions dated to 568–572. The South Cave features an open cubical chamber, about ten feet wide by nine feet deep, with curving recesses on the back and side walls that house symmetrical groupings of deities.

Learn more at:
http://isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions/echoes/Digital%20Cave
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2012-11/15/content_15930881.htm

Via James Hicks.

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.”

Via DESIGNTAXI.

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:

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.

Exhibition in a Box

The Best of Dutch Book Design – Exhibition in a Box from Piek Pictures on Vimeo.

It’s not every day that someone tweets me a stop-motion traveling exhibit assembly video from Holland. I’m not exactly sure what happens with all the holes and slots in the final product, but the video sure is fun to watch.

Hyundai’s Hydraulically Pixelized Walls

Yep, those are individual styrofoam blocks, each powered by their own stepper motor.

Hyundai’s 2012 Yeosu EXPO “Hyper-Matrix” from yangsookyun on Vimeo.

Leeds Street Tree Grates

Can I please have one on my block in Brooklyn, right away? Lovely. Leeds Street Tree Grates: HeineJones, Via Collabcubed.

Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall

No, it’s not over the stones, it’s nearby. (I had the same question.)

Via Dezeen.

A Billboard That Advertises Nothing

Brilliant.

Via DesignTAXI.com.

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.