June 2007

The playfulness of everyday things

by Andy Polaine on June 13, 2007

Swing Lamp by BCXSY

As if they had been the perfect students of my Interactivity, Play and the Everyday project at the Bauhaus, art/design cooperative, BCXY have been working on a project called PLAY!.

BCXY are Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto and PLAY! “consists of a collection of products that was conceived out of a desire to bring a sense of nostalgia and playfulness into the grown-up environment.”

Mark Pesce once described a swing as the ultimate “invitation to play” – something that’s formed part of my research and work on interactivity ever since. So, naturally, I liked the glowing “Swing Lamp” – even if it is a bit spooky.

(via Pixelsumo)

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer talk at the Tate Modern

by Andy Polaine on June 13, 2007

One of my all-time interactive installation heroes, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, is giving an artist’s talk at the Tate Modern tomorrow. He is representing Mexico at the Venice Biennale 2007 and his Body Movies projects remains, to me, one of the best interactive installations of all time. It perfectly combines simplicity and play layered over a more complex interaction. Most importantly, it also connects strangers emotionally and sometimes physically in spontaneous acts of playfulness an interaction.

His talk is at the Tate Modern on Thursday 14 June 2007, 18.30–20.00. For those of you who can be there, there will also be a webcast of it too.

Someone in London please go and let me know what it was like!

Leopard – death of the application?

June 12, 2007

I assume that most people interested in Apple, operating systems or UI design have seen Steve Jobs’s WWDC07 Keynote by now. He shows off lots of new features of Leopard and I saw the death, or at least transformation, of the application. Leopard has got all the usual bells and whistles of a new Mac […]

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Another Antirom RGB performance

June 12, 2007

I was clearing out some old CDs and found a Videobrasil XII one with this Antirom RGB performace on it. I think Gisela may have shot the footage as there are also some interviews with us at the Antirom office (looking very young). But I’m not sure where this performance was and have no doubt […]

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Photosynth

June 9, 2007

Nice to see Microsoft doing something truly groundbreaking, or at least acquiring something truly groundbreaking. The above demo of Photosynth and Seadragon by Blaise Aguera y Arcas (now that’s a name) is remarkable for both it’s smart computation and sewing together of images to create a navigable space, that is relatively resolution independent (in terms […]

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Wind to Light

June 9, 2007

A few of you may have already have seen the tiny LED wind turbines recently. Putting lots of them into action onedotzero and riba london have commissioned a project called wind to light from jason bruges studio. The project will be unveilled next friday for Architecture Week 2007. From onedotzero (and keeping their penchant for […]

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Zach Lieberman interview on Open Frameworks

June 7, 2007

There’s an interesting interview with Zach Lieberman by Karl Willis on the Window.nz website. Lieberman talks about his work on the Open Frameworks project, which is basically a set of C++ libraries specifically set up for creative work. I haven’t used it, but I imagine it’s a kind of supercharged Processing as it’s running in […]

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Guardian site hacked or accident?

June 7, 2007

This story on the protesters at the G8 summit has a set of related links at the bottom of it. I noticed today that the one saying G8, which is meant to link to the Guardian’s Special Reports on the G8 in fact links to g-8.org.uk, which in turn re-directs to Do It Yourself: The […]

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Len Lye biography

June 6, 2007

Sometimes the Internet really works. Shortly after I wrote a post about Len Lye’s films on You Tube (already bouncing off Dan Hill’s original post) I got an e-mail from Roger Horrocks who wrote biography of Len Lye. Roger was one of the founders and former Head of the Department of Film, television and Media […]

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Google’s Streetview

June 1, 2007

So I’ve been a bit slow at blogging about Google’s Streetview as well as Microsoft’s Surface. I nearly didn’t write about either of them since the entire interweb has its tubes stuffed full of stories about them. Anyway, on first glance I, like many others, thought “that’s interesting and possibly useful, but also a bit […]

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