101.86°- color of the day

19th September 2015

Two of my favourite designers Thomas Vailly and Laura Lynn Jansen's latest project that was shown at Maison et Object explores colour and the way that we can experience light.

An evolution of the work shown during Dutch Invertuals in Milan, they have used a material that possesses crystalline qualities that are usually only found in natural materials and in nature.

By combining nature and technology the resulting time pieces play with our appreciation of light showing numerous optical layers of unique colour patterns that are always unique and dazzling.



Digital Nature

10th September 2015

Nature and technology are often seen as separate but increasingly we are seeing designers and technologists exploring the boundary between.

TeamLab a Japanese technology collective have created an immersive exhibition that invites visitors to engage with a digital eco system of flowers and butterflies, digitally created to blossom, wither and die exploring the cycle of nature through a digital medium.

The installation will be on display at the Saatchi Gallery from 10 to 13 September





How technology becomes nature

15th October 2014

Exploring theories around when technology becomes nature in 7 steps, artist, philosopher and thought provoker Dr Koert van Memsvoort outlines how as our technological environment becomes more complex and omnipresent it is becoming our next nature.

In an enlightening talk as part of the TEDx series he likens Maslows hierarchy of needs to his own pyramid of naturalisation as technology becomes nature in seven steps.

Exploring the naturalisation of technology from stone axes to mobile phones Memsvoort demonstrates how technology becomes something we take for granted and in many cases become heavily reliant on. With the ongoing debate around the need and desire for wearables as well as the advancement of artificial intelligence to a time of singularity - a time whereby non human intelligence will exceed human intelligence for the first time it is interesting to step back and look at how technology in all its forms has shaped us and how we are relatively unaware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted and discarded by our society.

Rather than being scared of technology, its about embracing it and recognising that technology is omnipresent and not only something that has been invented since we were born. Technology is the foundation of man and is inherent to our evolution.







Bioplastic Fantastic

17th July 2014

Recent graduate from the Royal College of Art Johanna Schmeer considers the future of food based on her knowledge of the possibilities afforded by nanotechnology.

Creating a series of synthetic foods for a future whereby the worlds growing population needs to tap into new resources she conceives how products made from enzyme enhanced bio plastics would in theory harvest essential nutrients as alternatives to traditional food sources.

Built on fact, her project is based on a recent scientific breakthrough by scientist Russell Johnson, who has identified a way to synthesise functioning biological cells made from plastics.

Adding a smattering of fantasy based on this fact, Johanna has created 7 food products that fulfil the essential food groups. For instance they produce water, sugar, fat, minerals and proteins. These speculative objects secrete powders and liquids that could be ingested in our distant future.












Monster Flower

23rd June 2014

Breathtaking in its beauty and in its intellectual narrative, Marcin Rusak's Flowering Transition project shown at the RCA explores ideas around the life of flowers and perfection.

Considering the idea that nature was once the model of perfection, but our aesthetics have changed and with it our view on perfection, Rusak questions how flowers are now highly engineered in order to meet the demands on modern day desires in order to live longer and have brighter colour, but as a result they are loosing some of their natural attributes -for instance their scent and locality.

Split into a series of chapters his speculative project questions the future of genetics and imagines where this path could lead to future blooms or the 'Monster flower'.

This speculative project looks to the future of genetic modification and re imagines this future flower and poses questions as to whether this is really what we would want it to be.

Using 3D modelling and clever photography he has created the 'ultimate' flower that embodies all of the requirements of modern day desires. This monster flower needs to be available all year round, cheaper, controlled stem sizes, efficient for packaging, better smell and longer vase life and so on.

Somewhat contradictory in its requirements, this list of demands is now controlled by man and not nature.

In his other chapters he also illustrates how flowers are loosing their scent as a juxtaposition to longer life and brighter colour as well as the ephemeral nature of flowers which are not meant to last with a perishable vase made from flower waste that naturally decays over time.

By far the most beautiful project shown at the RCA last week, Rusak comes from a family of flower growers and illustrates his journey and that of his family in a beautiful book to accompany the project.

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