Luis Hernan is like a modern day ghost hunter. Only instead of searching for lost souls, he’s looking for the technological apparitions that surround us every day. InDigital Ethereal, Hernan, a PhD student at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, has been investigating the invisible wireless infrastructures in order to glean a better understanding about how these wireless systems are designed and how we interact with them.
Digital Ethereal is part art, part industrial design and part technological inquiry. He began by designing a gadget called the Kirlian Device, named after Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, a 20th century scientist who developed the Kirlian photography technique. This technique, which visualizes electrical coronal discharges, has been used for various scientific purposes, but it’s most commonly associated with paranormal activities like reading auras.
Overstepping artifacts, by Musicians with Guns, is a way-cool video that illustrates another great riff on fractal space.
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Sure, the Amazon Kindle might have dynamic font adjustments, and it can hold thousands of books, but can it do this? Printed in the late 16th century this small book from the National Library of Sweden is an example of sixfold dos-à-dos binding, where six books are conjoined into a single publication but can be read individually with the help of six perfectly placed clasps. This particular book was printed in Germany and like almost all books at the time is a religious devotional text.
Like the design of functional objects such as chairs or tables, it would seem new ideas for the humble door would be completely exhausted, and then along comes Austrian artist Klemens Torggler. This 4-panel entryway called the Evolution Door opens and closes in a surprisingly elegant way at the slightest touch, folding in on itself like pieces of paper. Torggler calls this system a “flip panel door” (Drehplattentür), and it’s almost more of a kinetic sculpture than functional door.
Jeremy Jackson (a.k.a. Tackyshack)‘s glowing vistas are saturated with beauty and wonder. Awesome in the traditional, meaningful sense of the word, his recent Fire and Light Masks series–created using the reflections in various bodies of water. Enjoy!
While we’ve seen examples of objects suspended mid-air using quantum levitation and acoustic levitation, a team of three Japanese engineers from The University of Tokyo and the Nagoya Institute of Technology recently unveiled an ambitious device that uses sound waves to moveobjects through three dimensional space. The machine uses four arrays of speakers to make soundwaves that intersect at a focal point that can be moved up, down, left, and right using external controls. You would think such machine would be extremely loud, but according to one of the engineers the device uses ultrasonic speakers and is almost completely silent. See video below.
Whether you’ve tried mind-altering substances or not one thing remains true: we all have an idea of what a drug feels like, be it imagined, anecdotal, or from direct exposure. So what might the effect of a drug look like? That was the question asked by artist Sarah Schoenfeld. To answer the question she converted her photography studio into a laboratory and exposed legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures to film negatives. The resulting chemical reactions were then greatly magnified into large prints to form a body of work titled All You Can Feel.
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Walking down the street in Linz, Austria, you might not expect to see a giant, glowing Rubik’s Cube sitting in your path. But right now, if you’re passing by the Ars Electronica building, that’s just what you’ll see. You may even be handed a small, all-white cube of your own and offered the chance to solve its colorful big brother.
The project is the work of artist and designer Javier Lloret, and it looks like a ton of fun — with a smattering of frustration. After all, playing a Rubik’s Cube that is also a building presents a couple of unique challenges, like being unable to see more than two sides of the cube at any one time.
Playing the cube, on the other hand, is entirely organic. However you twist or rotate the little white interface-cube, your movements are mimicked by the building. If you need to see the bottom of the cube, simply flip over the controller. Outfitted with a gyroscope, motion sensors and a Bluetooth link to a nearby laptop, the interface-cube makes the game at once fun and challenging. The best part of the installation just might be that, no matter how good you are at solving these puzzles, the other folks on the street will get one heck of a light show.