Monday, 29 March 2010

Diller + Scofidio: The Blur Building

Source: Intelligent Agent 5.2

'The Blur Building by Diller + Scofidio whirling above Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland.  Computers regulate the spray of tiny drops of lake water from 31400 jets according to climactic changes of humidity, temperature, wind speed and direction. Liquid architecture that synchronizes its form to the environment and the human body.  As visitors enter the Blur Building, they take on a "braincoat". Besides as protection from the misty environment the coat stores personality data for communication with the building's computer network.'

Above is the Blur Building by Diller + Scofidio whirling above Lake Neuchatel , Switzerland and Below is an interesting interview of Brian Massumi by Thomas Markussen. Follow the link:

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Sunday, 21 March 2010

is this real..?

wow, what is this? a massive sculpture, photoshop image...? don't know yet. it seems other-worldly, futuristic, awesome...


Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Marilena Skavara: Adaptive Fa[CA]de

A type of '[Un]Walling' is possibly happening here:
Source: Interactive Architecture.

'Here’s a great project that came out of the Adapative Architecture and Computation programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture. ‘Adaptive Fa[ca]de’ by Marilena Skavara explores the functional possibilities and performative characteristics of cellular automata (CA). In addition to the unique emergent behaviour of CA, a neural network enables a further computational layer to evolve CA behaviour to the context of its surrounding environment.'

Adaptive fa[CA]de from marilena on Vimeo.

Marilena Skavara's Adaptive fa[CA]de at Digital Hinterlands exhibition, London from marilena on Vimeo.

'Building upon the early work of Conway’s ‘Game of life’ and Stephen Wolfram’s extensive research on the wider implementation of CA, ‘Adaptive Fa[ca]de’ becomes a living adapting skin, constantly training itself from the history of its own errors and achievements. For a more detailed description of the project, read Marilena’s article for Vague Terrain.'

Firekites Video

Firekites - AUTUMN STORY - chalk animation from Lucinda Schreiber on Vimeo.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Moment: Yukihiro Taguchi

Performing Space:  Floor becomes wall becomes obstacle becomes seating becomes art object becomes function..... Taguchi spontaneously shifts and documents the contexts of space over time.  There is an accompanying text if you follow the link.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Malcolm Sutherland: Birdcalls

I'm becoming more interested in short films that express urban/rural spaces through sound and film.  This one from Malcolm Sutherland in 2006.  I really love the way in which the birdseye view city flyover just appears toward the end of the film:

The text by Ian Lumsden: 'I confess the concept behind Malcolm Sutherland’s 2006 animation Birdcalls was not immediately enthralling though more fool me because it is such a distinctive, quirky and very enjoyable movie. Using stop motion of pen on paper, it commences with a telephone recording device and note pad on which, after a period of rapid rewinding, the unknown recipient of the calls commences writing down the calls received. On foolscap the language of birdsong is faithfully denoted in algebraic and symbolic form. However it accords perfectly with the birdsong used as soundtrack. The calls gather a life of their own and we are treated to a variety of charming voices, appearing on the bare pad as animated symbols that for all I know are the symbols used to record birds by those experienced in such things. As night falls the pad darkens and the symbols are illuminated. It is only in the closing and opening credits that we are treated to the actual physical presence of the birds as perfectly drawn illustrations. Before that, to provide perspective, in the gloom of night we travel above an urban scene and the noise of the birds is replaced by traffic noise and the hustle and bustle of the city. It reminds us of what we have lost. The cast, other than Malcolm himself, is the nightingale, yellow billed cuckoo and bluethroat. A charming cast and delightful movie. The link above is to YouTube though a better quality version is to be found at AWNtv - Birdcalls or, even more helpfully, via his website []. I will write on another of Malcolm's animations in the next day or so together with a little biographical detail.'

Skateboarding, Space & The City: Architecture & The Body

This is a highly regarded text by a writer who is also a skateboarder and contemporary, counter-culture flaneur, one might say.  Has insight into the urban jungle as we experience through the body/space/world of the skateboarder.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Jake Dobkin: Abandoned New York

Images are from boiteaoutils blog spot, 'Abandoned New York" by Jake Dobkin. These images are interesting as they reveal layers of materials, deterioration and the decay of media over years and by many seem to have created a place of curiosity. What was there before? Raises questions of use of a space from their original purpose to total abandonment.