For each of the 52 weeks of 2017, Art in Ad Places partnered with a new artist to install their work in one of New York City’s many payphone booths. The campaign started as a retaliation to advertisements that suggest money is the key to the public’s eyes, and to the impetus for many ads, which is to make people feel as though they are lacking something.
In a twist on street art, phone booths across the city were transformed for a year into displays for artwork, offering a different type of media for visual consumption—one that sparks a positive psychological reaction. The goal is to give passersby a break from the marketing madness and to push back against the rampant advertising that bombards our urban environments.
The project was documented by photographer and Art in Ad Places team member, Luna Park, and is viewable on The Street Spot blog.
Source: Pop-Up City and Art in Ad Places
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.
Source: Archinect and Cooper Hewitt
David Buckley Borden has created a year-long, art-based trail, along with Aaron M. Ellison and their team of collaborators. The site-specific interpretive trail project tells the story of the endangered eastern hemlock tree. According to scientists working on the project, the hemlock tree will be extinct by 2025. The trail raises awareness about the aphids that are killing the trees, and larger issues of climate change. The trail is meant to capture the attention of artists and wider audiences, bringing consciousness to the environmental frailty of the New England forests. The Fisher Museum will hold public workshops, promoting reflection, creativity, and critical thinking, along with self-guided trail maps for the Hemlock Hospice project.
Source: World Landscape Architect
Northern Japan is know for rice production. After a harvest, rice straw—or wara—is recycled to improve the soil,or it is woven into giant sculptures. For nine years Uwasekgata Park has hosted the Wara Art Festival, teaming up with creatives to create creatures from rice straw. Schools send art students to Niiigata to assist with the sculptures that remain on display well into the fall.
Source: Spoon and Tamago
Ten Fold Engineers, based in the United Kingdom, have developed small portable structures that can unfold and expand, building themselves within minutes. The design of the structures may seem simple, but the mechanics of unfolding are extremely sophisticated. The buildings are off grid, but they have the potential to connect to plumbing and electricity. The company is currently working on larger two-story models to expand the potential of mechanically built buildings.
The University of Stuttgart has employed robot arms and drones to install a woven pavilion. The “lightweight fibre composites” in the project serve to easily achieve the span of the built work. Because former design teams from this institution had been restrained by the length of the robot arms they were employing, the drones were used to allow them to fabricate something of a larger scale.
The Materials Lab fabricated an installation for this year’s Fusebox Festival, taking place this Wednesday through Sunday (04/12-04/16). The piece, called Neo-Neon, incorporates a variety of materials to manipulate light in unique ways. This is an opportunity for UTSOA’s visibility to grow in Austin’s art community and for UTSOA students to become immersed in Austin’s vibrant art scene.
Treehugger: Wahoma is a new installation that combines data visualization and virtual reality to allow viewers to explore the nervous system of a 3,500 year old redwood tree. The installation, by creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, was on display at London’s Southbank Centre in December. Participants donned VR headsets after entering the space, allowing the data visualization of the sequioa’s nervous system to come to life. Marshmallow Laser Feast creative director Ersinhan Ersin claims that the installation is “…trying to give people a new perception of trees as creatures just a vibrant and alive as we are.”
Source: Visual News
Artist Refik Anadol has created an immersive light-filled installation that alters visitors’ perception of space and time. The mirrored chamber, which was showcased at the 2017 SXSW festival, surrounds participants with a programmed light show that features psychedelic patterns and disorienting shapes. Anadol describes the project as something that “…facilitates a temporary release from our habitual perceptions and culturally biased assumptions about being in the world, to enable us—however momentarily—to perceive ourselves and the world around us freshly.”
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.’
Image Credit: POL
Damascus has come to Norway in a new store installation by Swedish retailer IKEA. The installation—a model of a 25 square meter Syrian home—is a direct replica of an actual house shared by a woman named Rana and her nine family members. The house features concrete masonry walls and sparse furnishings. IKEA tags adorn objects in the home, listing stories about Syrian families and providing information about how customers can help. The Syrian home replica stands in stark contrast with IKEA’s signature room mock-ups, which advertise sleek IKEA products and modern living arrangements.
Archinect reports that NEON’s flesh-like interactive installation explores the idea that human skin and architectural enclosure can become uncannily similar. It is said that the inhabitant will lose “all sense of where their body ends and architecture begins. It is intended that this approach will create a strong physical and emotional connection between the inhabitant and the architectural space.”