Trash Mirror

30th November 2009

I love the work of Daniel Rozin especially his Trash Mirror which I saw during Dutch Design week.

Using 500 pieces of variously coloured rubbish (or should I say trash!) from the streets of New York and artist pockets, he has created an interactive piece that suggests we are reflected in what we discard.

Using motors and a concealed video camera the 'trash' moves and responds to the presence of the viewer and by shifting the surface of the art work through use of the hidden motors the viewer becomes part of the artwork. What is also really lovely about this piece is the sound it makes as the viewer interacts with it.

(My shadow in the picture is only one handed as the other is holding my camera!)



Digital Ceramics

27th November 2009

I have just been to the Royal College of Art WIP show. I love the possibilities afforded by ceramic and by the combining of a very traditional process and material with modern techniques and materials.

The outcome is creating some really interesting results at the moment, such as those showcased at the ceramics and architecture exhibition showcased during dutch design week but also the work of designers such as Zachary Eastwood-Bloom.

I love his use of rapid prototyping technologies and software such as Rhino to create templates for his ceramics. Exploring the place between opposites his work looks to the relationship we have with things as the digital age simplifies most things into 1's and 0's - a series of calculations that exist in a micro chip.

Min Jeong Song


Min Jeong Song


Min Jeong Song


Min Jeong Song


The wonder of the Wunderkammer

27th November 2009

A place to curate and showcase a series of weird and wonderful things the Wunderkammer is a wonderful thing and I love the modern take on it from designer Min Jeong Song who is showing work at the RCA work in progress.

Examining the understanding of the relationship between pre conceived ideas and wonder through the process of mental classification of objects she has pushed the boundaries of material exploration and perceived beauty.

The resulting material experiments offer up objects that are viewed in a context of in-betweenness. Using glass as a material for its ambiguity of being neither a liquid or a solid and wood as inspiration the research asks viewers of the modern day Wunderkammer to determine what the materials are. Unclassifiable the objects are beautiful and ambiguous.



Unconformoty and Entropy

25th November 2009

I am currently having a bit of a love affair with Anish Kapoor which I know I am not alone in. His exhibition at the Royal Academy is fantastic and is such an immersive experience and I love the thinking behind the Identity engine - but my biggest love is the book I picked up while I was there called 'Unconformoty and Entropy'.

Lovingly designed like a book from a long forgotten biblical archive showcasing Kapoor's work. Focusing in on his printed concrete forms, but also and more interestingly discussing the processes, thinking and intellectual inspiration behind them this book is just inspirational.

Following the thinking that process dictates form the book takes you on a journey of experiments and examples of entropy 'Like energy entropy is in the first instance a measure of something that happens when one state is transformed into another' P.W Bridgman. I particularly love the Apophenic Appendix showcasing some incredible surfaces and structures from both man and nature and where the two meet.



In Memorandum

17th November 2009

I am intrigued about 'in memorandum' at the moment. There is a lot of design research considering cradle to cradle design literally - considering the waste of death as well as decomposition.

Pia Interlandi who is part of the team at Symbiotica in Australia is observing eco trends and considering trends in apparel and the funeral industries. Looking to composition, decomposition, dissolving and the potential of reincarnation she is creating a series of 'burial garments'. Asking the question what are we dressing for in death Pia highlights through her research that we are not dressing for our mind or our body and begins to consider what is involved in the fashioning of death.

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