Damien Hirst Butterflies and Scalpel Blades

I never liked Damien Hirst.

I guess what turned me around was seeing his butterfly kaleidoscope paintings. A great battle inside me ensued when I fist laid eyes on them.

Wow! How utterly beautiful, are those real?

yes.

Wow! How utterly barbaric and dreadful. And in this conflict I really felt myself fighting to not like the piece, but the truth was, I loved it!

Its so telling of humanity and our culture that even in something as passive and unnecessary as this kind of art, has found a way to belong, and make sense in spite of its nature. Just as when we were cave men we slaughtered animals for food and for there fur. Now to have has Damien Hirst acted in a similar manor. At least thats what I see and feel when I look at these paintings.

*This has actually prompted me to buy some butterfly wings just to experiment, I have been told they have died humanly so my conscience feels a little bit clear.

His scalpel blade paintings are also so beautiful. I struggle to decide how they make me feel, Im torn. They carry this harsh sense of sharpness and danger under this veil f soft colourful fragility that feels like its reminding us of who we are, soft squishy beings that bleed.

Where these controversial pieces also fall for me is this really rich and interesting material exploration.

Inform Display

What Manor of Sorcery be this?

Oh hello there, welcome to the future, please make yourself at home. all of our food now comes in bite size cube form, hover boards are a thing now and everyone is wearing silver clothing, with shoes that lace them selves. Why yes the future is a marvellous place where all the conveniences of the modern man are made even more convenient.

You will have to forgive me for assuming we were in the future, I just have been so blown away by this “dynamic shape display” through use of actuators and a camera that senses you movements in 3D, which is then used by a computer to move the actuators in accordance with your movements live.

What you have is a remote presence system that allows you to interact in a physical space through this display across a great distance, you could hold someones hand if you like, albeit in a very cold cubic form. Created by Hiroshi Ishii from MIT Media group, The company has previously played with similar displays utilising geo spatial data, which basically allows you to navigate a space such as a mountain range and the display will form the varying gradients of the mountainous area. What the new inform display does is really taking that concept and making it live.

Its just such an incredible technology to witness, Just like the iPhone was ahead of its time, this appears to be further ahead again. The applications for such a device could be profound, I can foresee medical uses, expeditions, interactive advertising. For remote presence systems such as this its only the beginning.

http://tangible.media.mit.edu

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/this-video-of-the-magic-morphing-table-is-awesome-1463167945

http://tangible.media.mit.edu/project/relief/

Pin Art-esque Mount Rushmore for the Olympics

When I look at this I am reminded of the inform display I saw a few months ago.

This is essentially giant pin art, according to the designers website, the visitors to the olympic park will have there faces scanned, and it will be displayed on the giant wall with 10.000 actuators forming the faces of those who enter. This concept gives the visitors a chance to be the faces of the olympics.

One could only imagine the possibilities for advertising one day. How amazing it would be to see it.

references:

http://www.asif-khan.com/project/sochi-winter-olympics-2014/

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/asif-khans-gives-a-new-face-to-the-sochi-winter-olympics-1-12-2014/

Arran Gregory Geometric Sculpture Art

I was looking for design inspiration for my medal. I had an idea of what I wanted but after doing a little digging I found these amazing sculptures by Arran Gregory. what I like about them is they have these natural eminence to them, but are formed very digitally and speak of our modern age.

I think the mirrored exteriors lend to that idea as well, I feel we can see our selves in these animals, changing them, removing there natural states in pursuit of our own endeavours as the digital age advances.

references:

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/08/mirrored-animal-sculptures-by-arran-gregory/

London 3D Print Show

So apparently 3D printers are becoming a rather big deal.

I attended the 3D print show in London and saw some interesting applications for 3D printing.

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I saw some amazing applications for 3D printing in the medical field, things like custom fit casts and even “bio 3D printing”. Using 3D printers for medical purposes is something I think we will only see more of.

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3D printed designs for the fashion industry, crazy outlandish shapes, that were printed and are wearable.

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These feathers which were some kind of shoulder mount, were really beautifully printed.

IMG_0928The sheer scale of this Batman statue is really impressive.

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IMG_0930One of the most extraordinary things I saw was that this company was printing wood.. yes I said wood! Though I’m sceptical of its integrity that is a very interesting and new way of producing complex wooden shapes.

I had a really good time here I liked seeing some of the ways 3D printing can be used in industries such as film, special effects and medicine. I think this is early days and the things we will be able to print in our own homes will only get better.

Modular Technology

Whilst at the maker faire in rome, one presenter spoke of user designed ‘DIY’ phones, that you could download, make and assemble yourself. Through doing a bit of research, I have found that this unique idea comes from a man named David Mellis. His concept for these “DIY” phones lend this personal touch to these pieces of technology that we carry with us constantly and have become virtually extensions of ourselves.

When you think about what a phone really boils down to is a GSM antenna, a battery, some buttons and a screen, a phone could be and look like anything. Unless were talking about an iPhone in which case, a sprinkling of fairy dust is required. Phones have evolved to the point where less really is more, as soon as we started giving more real estate to what the user can really interact with, interfacing became so much simpler to understand what your doing. especially in the context of these laser cut DIY phones, the open source nature of their physicality makes it like android for the hardware.

Well now comes the distant birth child of Mellises projects. Motorola have been developing a phone with modular technology.

What those DIY phones lack in style these modular phones have in spades.

The modular phones also known as “Project Ara” applies this “DIY” user customisation in a far simpler more app orientated solution. These days phones just get more and more powerful every iteration. This power can be misdirected and lost on what many users need in a phone. And depending on the users preference they may desire one feature over another. If your a photographer then a better camera and processor are what you will want, maybe your a gamer, well a better graphics chip and battery are a good start.

What this can do is offset cost and then your phone is no longer unfashionable or unable to keep up with software and technology. This constantly allows your phone to evolve and grow. Now your phone becomes a real investment and partner. Just like how we download apps and create our own user experience, these modular phones take that same concept of apps, and apply it to the hardware of the device.

I highlight all this because I feel like this moular approach looks like a very tangible future for technology.

Update: Razor have recently announced a new prototype for modular computing at CES 2014 and it looks damn cool!

Update 2:

references:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/07/project-ara-moto-maker/

http://www.designboom.com/technology/laser-cut-diy-cellphone-project-by-david-mellis-11-28-2013/

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/razer-project-christine/4505-3118_7-35834097.html

Todd McLellan

What is it about Todd Mcellens work that makes me exhale in such relief? I just feel so at peace when I look at it. This precise arrangement of all these tiny intricate parts placed to make this diorama as an almost celebration of intricacy in engineering and human ingenuity. It highlights that all these objects have an eco system a purpose or place like the human body or the earth. Where everything serves a purpose and works in tandem together for a higher purpose. It sounds almost biblical.

What I feel these speak of is an exploration, a search for answers and understanding. I don’t doubt that this took an extraordinary amount of patience and time to dismantle these objects. with all these parts hidden away, some will never be seen or touched again. they work silently and constantly, there jobs are to be hidden, to be unknown.

Its official, I’ve established that everything works by using little ninjas inside of them.

It appeals to my OCD this arranging and categorising of things, not to this extreme, but theres something in exposing and in seeing what should not be seen. its kind of like a rebellion, an anarchic stand, an exercise in freedom. I shall have to see if I can experiment with this a bit.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/05/things-come-apart-a-new-book-of-disassembled-objects-by-todd-mclellan/