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14 NOVEMBER 2014

.fluid: speculative proposal for a touch-friendly interface

"Imagine surfaces start to communicate with you. Your mobile gets goose skin when your lover texts you. Your WiFi controller changes the look and feel of it's surface according to different game situations. Your sofa gives you a short massage as a warm welcome when you return home from a hard day of work. Your laptop feels dried out when battery status is getting low.

.fluid is a concept study of an interacting, changing surface. While getting Input from the hands of its spectators, it's surface changes from liquid to solid, from plain to three–dimensional symmetric patterns. It provokes you to get in touch with it, to play with it's open interface and to collaborate with other people to find out how far you can push it.

This object was the result of the two week project »Talk to me–Form follows mood« supervised by Prof. Andreas Muxel at KISD (Köln International School of Design)."

(Hannes Kalk, 2013)

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2013 • 3D pattern • Arduino • changing state • changing surface • Cologne • concept study • design speculations • design student projectfluid • goosebumps • Hannes Kalk • haptic interfaceinput deviceinteraction designer • KISD • Koln International School of Design • liquid • liquid to solid • loudspeaker • material effectsmaterial interventions • non-newtonian fluid • open interface • pattern • plasma • Processing (software) • solid • solid state • speculative designspeculative proposals • state of matter • surfacesymmetrical patterntouchtouch-friendly interface

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Anna Troisi
30 DECEMBER 2013

Honeycomb technique form accordion-like paper sculptures

Works by Li Hongbo, created from paper, glue. Shown in 2012 at the Dominik Mersch Gallery, Australia.

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2012 • accordion-like • artistBeijing • bendable • brilliant artifice • concertina • craft process • craft techniquecraft techniquescrafting • decorations • designer • detailed folding • Dominik Mersch Gallery • Expandable Slinky Art • flexiblegeometric formsgeometry • glue • gluing • honeycomb structure • honeycombed paper • interactive artwork • interlocking pattern • intricacy • Li Hongbo • material effectsmaterial interventionsmaterial modes of engagementpaper • paper design • paper folding • paper gourd • paper sculpture • paper-based form • papercraftrepeating formrevelationsculptural form • slinky • slinky-like sculpture • stacking • stretching honeycomb • structural formtactile experience • uncoiling • visual effect • visual illusionvisual paradoxvisual spectaclevisual transformationwhite paper

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Simon Perkins
19 JULY 2013

Dinca: a space for experimental film, new media art and video art

Fig.1 Directed by: Max Hattler. Sound and music: Eduardo Noya Schreus. Animation: Matt Abbiss, Tony Comley, Valeria Fonseca, Max Hattler, Siobhan Mcelhinney, Luiz Stockler. Special Thanks to Sandra Sykorova.

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Simon Perkins
26 MARCH 2011

Pina Bausch: dance, dance otherwise we are lost

"There are deep noises of gallops. The brown earth covering the floor reveals hundreds of tracks of wild animals in stampede. But instead, it is a set of dancers what appears on scene. Their presence is heavily felt through their turbulent footprints. The Rite of Spring is one of Pina Bausch's most celebrated choreographic pieces, included in the homage documentary PINA that Wim Wenders has just presented. A movie about the sign that her teachings on performative space left before her death in 2009: the Dance Theatre genre.

In her choreographies, earth is heavy. Flying dust materializes air. The void weighs. Water drops densify the emptiness. Living bodies become inert corpses. A closed–eyed dancer lets her mass fall down until the trust on her partner saves her from a mortal knock. Hands and feet become detachable prosthesis. The lightness of matter clashes over the presence of the ephemeral. Optical illusions...

In Choreographed Environments, Eva Pérez de Vega points out that 'considering immaterial effects in the production of a material practice, is not at all about ignoring the material per se. It refers more to the conception of a material production. It is about thinking how to make immaterial notions material; ultimately it is about creating material effects. [...] Architecture no longer consists of making building and Dance no longer consists of making dances. The hope is that as dancers continue to explore new territories as managers of space, architects too can conceive of space as managers of movement' (Eva Pérez de Vega, 2007, p.7).

For the movie, many pieces were performed again in unusual urban settings, such as inside and underneath Wuppertal's retrofuturistic sky–train, or inside other recent architectural iconic references (easy to guess!). Pina Bausch pioneered a strong performative approach to architecture and Wenders has made her pupils revive its immateriality in cult buildings for posterity: a clear effort to transmit Pina's philosophy of movement constructing space. Bravo!"

(via Daniel Fernández Pascual, Deconcrete, 16 February 2011)

1,2). Wim Wenders (2011). 'Pina', Germany.
3). Eva Pérez de Vega (2007). 'Choreographed Environments. A Performative Approach to Architecture', New York.

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20092011architecture • choreographed environments • choreographer • choreographyconstructing spacedancedance theatredancerdocumentaryephemera • Eva Perez de Vega • figures in spacehomage • homo ludens • immateriality • invisible cities • making building • making dances • managers of space • material effectsmaterial practicematerial productionmovement • new territories • performative approach • performative space • philosophy of movement • Pina Bausch • pioneeringposterityprosthesisretro-futuristic • Rite of Spring • sky-train • spacetableau vivant • unusual urban settings • urbanism • Wim Wenders • Wuppertal Schwebebahn

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Simon Perkins
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