The new site from thinglink that I helped out with, looks fab,use it now!
Archive for May, 2007
Attending this next week in NY
Ok so yes, I admit it’s time. I’ve been cruising around Europe for long enough without proper paperwork, so it’s time for a trip to the Motherland Montréal. I’ll spend some time practicing my dying québecois skills, drinking some sangria with long lost friends who think i’ve abandoned them, and do the best shopping in the world with loved ones…
Yes i’ll be on GMT -6h for the whole of June, so expect blogging at odd hours if you’re reading me from Europe :)
Before that, I’ll be dropping by the Big Apple to attend Fresh Dialogue 23: Designing Audiences, an AIGA event, go seePostopolis with Miss Steenson and generally hang out and test out the vegetarian restaurant scene with Matt.
America, here I come!
Bloody crap, I can tell the return home is gonna be tough. This store was one of my favorites for household gifts and shut down last summer…. grumble
Wonderful looking little store that sells old classics which have always worked and are beautiful
List of vegetarian restaurants in Montreal
Other animal-rights approved list of vegetarian restaurants in Montreal
Went to see Design products show from the RCA (headed by Ron Arad) and I have to say I think the general trend in product design master’s is to make designers become more and more conceptual to the point of hovering in a grey area between art and design.
In any case, I wasn’t moved by the work at all, only by this little girl sleeping in one of the projects. I’d like to see one day a product design exhibition that includes people in it, and not photoshopped ones.
I’m sitting here in Schipol airport, majorly delayed, so I thought I’d do something constructive and write about a few projects from Sacral design a great exhibition put together at the Designmai festival in Berlin. I think it’s interesting to look at a body of work that addresses the presence / absence of belief in our everyday connected lives especially after Godtube made it to the Guardian.
The Way of the cross by Jens Wunderling is a project that enables the actor to relive parts of the last days of Christ according to the Bible.
“the traditional way of the cross which normally appears in the form of 14 images in a church or 14 stations along a pilgrims’ path is transformed into a sound installation. Its core element is a large wooden cross which is carried along a path marked by 14 prtable stations.
At each Station, the cross comes to life and from inside the wood news articles, read by a computer voice, become audible.”
The other project, which isn’t documented on the site for some reason, adressed the idea of anonymously connecting with your fellow believers. Using Bluetooth networks, the little trinkets , symbolically shaped like fish, will vibrate if they find other holders of the fish within a 15 meter radius. It’s interesting to see this project replace church going with the connectedness of urban space.
There’s something to be said for the systems we are designing now that create a sense of community in urban space now that we are culturally estranged from the use of traditional architectural communal places like a piazza, a library, a church.
Interesting “disease”, i wonder if that will be a future requirement to apply to product design school
Slightly amusing yet alarming coming from the fornt page of the IKEA website : )
Juts like Hollywood, the web has it’s stars and the stars you love to hate… web imitating life?
I’m in a non-descript hotel in Amsterdam, a place I called my home for 8 months. Now I stay in hotels here.
There’s something terribly disturbing about traveling to 4 different cities in the same week especially when you’ve lived significant amounts of time in some and no time at all in others. You brush by the old memories as you create new ones. Memory full as the new McCartney song goes.
I just finished Biographie de la faim from my favorite french author Amélie Nothomb. She writes about her experiences of having moved quite often as a child, something I lived myself, oscillating between Paris, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Canada, and the identity crisis that can accompany these journeys. In particular this quote struck me:
“C’est peut-etre cela, etre de quelque part: ne pas voir de quoi il s’agit.”
It’s almost impossible to translate but it goes something like this: “Maybe that’s what being from a place means: not getting it”.
Am i the only one to find this creepy?
Woohoo, will totally sign up for this.
Great post here on the value of patina or positive history, a concept I’ve been interested in for a while.