Image Credit: Sound Scene, 2017–18; Sanne Gelissen (Dutch, born 1988), Sanne Geeft Vorm (Eindhoven, Netherlands, founded 2016); Glass fiber laminate, wood, metal; © Design Academy Eindhoven Photographs. Photo by Femke Rijerman; Courtesy of Sanne Gelissen / COPYRIGHT: Courtesy of Sanne Gelissen
Typically at museums, we ambulate among walls of flat paintings, dissuaded from approaching, altogether unable to interact with the works of art we are encountering—except through purely seeing them. In an antithesis to this, “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” exhibition invites one to experience art through one’s four other perceptive senses. Dozens of touchable, sniffable, audible pieces categorized into 11 themes provide unique explorations of our technologies, communication channels and rituals. The collection highlights how sensory design can enrich our lives as humans and augment our journey through this world. Many exhibits engage multiple senses so as to make them accessible to people with a range of abilities.
“The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” is open at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City from April 13, 2018 to October 28, 2018. An accompanying 224-page exhibition catalog is available, and includes essays from the curators as well as other leaders in the field of multi-sensory design.
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As part of Desert X, a showcase of site-specific artwork taking place in the Coachella Valley, artist Will Boone has buried a larger-than-life sculpture of John F. Kennedy in the same kind of underground bunker he would have used in case of a nuclear attack. Boone’s work was influenced by his emotional connection to Kennedy’s assassination as a native Texan. He hopes that the installation ‘speaks not just to all those things that have been driven underground since the extinguished optimism of the sixties but to those same fears – nuclear attack at the invasion of the other – that have been so vividly resurrected in recent times.’
O N E E V E R Y O N E, a new photographic series by artist Ann Hamilton commission by Landmarks, will adorn the halls of the Dell Medical School in Austin. O N E E V E R Y O N E explores the relationship between human touch and caring, using frosted plastic to obscure parts of the subject that aren’t directly touching the material. More than 530 Austin-area participants were photographed for the project, which opens on January 26. Opening celebrations run from January 26-28.
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In the town of Chichibu, Japan, travelers can pay a visit to the Chinsekikan, a museum containing over 1700 rocks that appear to have human faces. Notable jinmenseki (which means rock with a human face) lookalikes include Elvis Presley, E.T., and Donkey Kong. There are so many rocks that the owner, Yoshiko Hayama, occasionally invites visitors to help name the facelike formations. Explore more photos of these curious rocks on Yukuwa.net.
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Artist Chie Hitotsuyama and her team have spent countless hours creating strikingly lifelike sculptures of animals from around the world. The sculptures, which portray animals like sea turtles, elephants, and chameleons, are handmade by wetting, rolling, folding, and stacking pieces of paper until they come to life. The team takes advantage of the different colored printing on each piece of newsprint, creating colorful gradients that portray the actual coloring of the animals the sculptures represent. The fluidity of the almost life-sized sculptures contrasts with the rigidity of traditional paper origami, creating a sense of organic growth out of the typically structured paper material.
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Prior to the start of construction of the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia designed by Robert A.M. Stern, archaeologists discovered a plethora of artifacts from the row houses that originally existed on the site. The excavation process occurred over the course of the past two years, during which twelve outhouses were discovered containing preserved belongings. The artifacts had survived two separate significant construction periods in the 19th and 20th centuries; many of the artifacts will be displayed in the new museum.
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Image Credit: Gianni Cipriano, via New York Times
This year’s 15th Venice Architecture Biennale includes “The Evidence Room,” a space that exhibits full-scale representations of artifacts from a World War II death camp. Robert Jan van Pelt, Donald McKay, Anne Bordeleau, and Sascha Hastings from the University of Waterloo comprised the interdisciplinary team that constructed these replicas of designed objects that were used for to carry out atrocities. According to The New York Times, “An inscription near the entrance describes the death camps as ‘the greatest crime committed by architects.’ ” Represented exclusively in shades of white, the exhibition promises to encourage viewers to spend a moment in silent remembrance.
Source: The New York Times
British artist Bruce Munro has created a beautiful light installation at Waddesdon Manor. The installation aspires to create a winter wonderland that warms up Aylesbury’s chilly winter with lush and vibrant lighting exhibits. Munro utilizes several everyday items to cast light upon the Manor—from clothes pins to PET bottles. The most mystical of Munro’s installations is “Moon Harvest” where he wraps bales of straw in plastic then projects light from behind, creating an illusion of small moons, craters and all, resting upon the Earth.
Beginning at sunset on Thursday, November 13, Waller Creek Conservancy will host the Creek Show: Light Night. Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets will turn into a walkable community space and become host to a visual arts exhibit. The creek will be illuminated by five light installations designed by Austin-based architects and landscape architects, including UTSOA Associate Professor Jason Sowell. The installations highlight the intersection between nature, urban infrastructure, and inventive design. The event comes at a perfect time for the public to observe the creek’s present state while imagining its exciting future.
The Waller Creek Conservancy has organized several other events throughout the night including a happy hour, live DJ set, and live music at Empire Control Room. All events are free and open to the public. The Empire Control Room event requires an RSVP for free entrance.
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Ai Wei Wei is confined to China. While the Chinese government holds him hostage on native soil the artist’s installation on Alcatraz island—socially motivated and politically charged—conveys just how little hold they have over him. “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” is comprised of various works installed around the former prison. The works center around the “Trace” series—portraits of prisoners of “conscience and political exile” worldwide—created solely out of Legos.
The former prison acts as an architectural canvas for Ai Wei Wei’s work. The US National Park Service has allowed access to spaces that are normally off limits. For example, visitors are invited to sit on a stool and listen to audio recordings of political prisoners in normally restricted cell blocks. A Chinese dragon kite emblazoned with the flags of countries implicated in “Trace” hangs in the dining hall.
Source: The New York Times
Light is essential to how we view the world. Our eyes absorb and refract light allowing us to see, much the same way a camera lens absorbs light to record an image. Artist James Turrell—creator of acclaimed Guggenheim light installation Aten Reign—presents a re-visitation of the work in printed form. The goal was to translate the installation’s immersive light to paper and ink. The challenge was representing the installation’s luminosity in pigment—considering light blends together to create colors differently than ink. Created in collaboration with Pace Prints, the result is an array of saturated wood-cut prints that beautifully capture the interplay between light and architecture.
Experience James Turrell’s Skyspace at The University of Texas at Austin. It’s free!
Source: Artsy Editorial