The Architectural Association School of Architecture, one of the world’s most respected and ambitious pedagogical laboratories for architectural design and spatial research, offer a 10 day international visiting programme in Paris running twice per year, upcoming: FALL 2011
by Andreas Wolter, Jens Weber.
As the year marking the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Bauhaus, 2009 is an appropriate year for an exhibition dedicated to the examination of the social networks of the Bauhaus movement. In preparation for this project, biographical details of all of the members of the Bauhaus will be systematically structured and entered into an online database. The impressive volume of information resulting from this effort will then be presented within an illuminated 4x4meter cube at the Bauhaus University in Weimar.
The exhibition then becomes an immersive yet highly-structured digital archive rich with historical details. Complex interrelationships will be made more accessible through the implementation of an innovative graphical interface. All visualizations of the complex network are drawn directly from the research database and presented in an intuitive computer-generated form. At an interactive digital tabletop, spectators can furthermore examine individual parts of the greater network in more detail.
GPS, video camera mounted on a vehicle fitted with a fisheye lens, a microphone attached to the data collected before and after the vehicle was rebuilt as an installation space in a way consistent with the actual direction.
The data: collected by GPS, Fish-eye lens mounted video camera, microphones that put on the car. They are reconstructed as an installation. The direction in the video and real-space are synchronized.
This video shows all displayable characters in the unicode range 0 – 65536 (49571 characters), one character per frame, in 30 minutes.
For more info (on the sound, for instance), visit here.
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The mobile photo sharing space is hot right now, with services like Instagram, Picplz, and Pathgrowing like weeds. A new contender called Color is causing some buzz after successfully raising a whopping $41 million… before even launching. The company has seven notable founders who have either started successful companies in the past (e.g. Lala and BillShrink) or have held executive positions at them (LinkedIn). Among the investors is Sequoia Capital, one of the most influential and successful firms in Silicon Valley and the firm that funded Google. They gave Color more than they gave Google.
This is a great example of a well crafted design. The content is also very relevant for this blog: Data and Data overload.
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Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests. from Guardian
Ever since a man in Tunisia burnt himself to death in December 2010 in protest at his treatment by police, pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East. The interactive timeline traces key events
He is best known for creating theatrical interactive installations in public spaces across Europe, Asia and America. Using robotics, real-time computer graphics, film projections, positional sound, internet links, cell phone interfaces, video and ultrasonic sensors, LED screens and other devices, his installations seek to interrupt the increasingly homogenized urban condition by providing critical platforms for participation. Lozano-Hemmer’s smaller-scaled sculptural and video installations explore themes of perception, deception and surveillance. As an outgrowth of these various large scale and performance-based projects Lozano-Hemmer documents the works in photography editions that are also exhibited.