very aesthetic real data visulization build with flash, consisten design. the best speedtest site i've discoverd.
TODO designed the interactive system ONEWORD.
It's a social display of crowd moods and feelings during an event. People send SMS to a special number, the SMS's lenght is constrained to one_word. The messages are then displayed with a tree-like generative graphic software. As soon as a new message arrives a new branch blossoms. As the event unfolds layers of texts gradually build up a flowing foliage of collective memory.
the fluctuation on this postcard reminds me of the shape of how society would effect our behaviors - maybe at the start everybody is represented by an unqiue color line. Over time, lines join together and form ungly and colorless blocks.
The viewer is confronted with a face on the screen that is constantly, almost imperceptibly changing. The perfect hair and make-up give rise to the expectation of a beautiful model, but this is not always fulfilled. The starting point is super-model Claudia Schiffer, however, the facial features are in a state of flux, 'mutating' every few seconds to a new configuration. Our reaction to the face changes accordingly between attraction and repulsion. Beauty has long established itself as a commodity that can be sold and bought. 'A Perfect Face' constantly tests and challenges our idea of what beauty is. We know that throughout recorded history people have been concerned with the topic of beauty, particularly female physical beauty. It can be assumed that it was already a concern before recorded history. From the ancient Egyptians through Leonardo da Vinci to Stephen Marquardt1, people have tried to quantify beauty and some have even claimed to have succeeded. However, a mathematical formula that reliably predicts whether a face is perceived as beautiful or not remains elusive. Despite the apparent impossibility of quantifying it, much research has been conducted into our perception of beauty. There seems to be a general agreement that, accounting for individual tastes and transient fashions, the perception of beauty remains constant over time and across all cultures and races. One study2 claims that averageness is considered most beautiful. Through compositing many photos, an average face emerged and this was considered by most people to be the most beautiful - deviations from this average less beautiful. Beauty is not only of intellectual and aesthetic interest. It is a commercial matter generating billions of euros every year. On the one hand, there is the desire to buy beauty in the form of beauty products, beauty therapies and plastic surgery. On the other hand, this desire is propagated, even created, through the marketing of beauty. Beauty products themselves are, of course, sold with a beautiful face. But everything from a chocolate bar to a television set is sold with the accompaniment of a beautiful face. That the owners of these beautiful faces receive high monetary rewards is only the tip of the iceberg. A study3 found that people with faces considered to be beautiful earn, on average, 13% more than those who are not so beautiful. Exactly how we perceive faces is a hotly debated subject. But all researchers can agree that we have a finely tuned ability to interpret faces involving a large amount of our mental capacity. The face is, after all, the most important means of human communication playing a major role survival and reproduction, as well as in our social skills. When presented with a new face we make instant judgments about the attractiveness, personality, mood, intelligence, health, sexuality, age of the person. These judgments are intertwined with a strong emotional response of attraction or repulsion, potential threat, potential mate, friend, enemy. Thus, when confronted with 'A PERFECT FACE', we are forced to re-appraise the face every few seconds and our emotional reaction changes. The use of a super-model's face exemplifies beauty in its most superficial form where beauty is rewarded in isolation of other qualities such as intelligence, talent and personality. However the face taps into a deeper level of perception and emotion and we cannot help but interpret the whole range of human qualities into the person we seen on the screen. 1. Stephen Marquardt, Californian 'Aesthetic Surgeon', see wwwbeautyanalysis.com. The title of this piece is a reference to the web site's opening phrase - 'What is a Perfect Face' 2. Langlois and Roggmann 1990 3. London Guildhall University survey of 11,000 people
I suddenly jumped into this "tofu magazine" site last night and I was totally entertained by the "Second Life" video. I loved the foolish visual effect and the cheap vocab you used to "describe" some most complex psychological facts behind the "Virtual Reality" world.
I guess tofu magazine is about manipulation of already-existed sound and images from the web, in a humor yet tendentious way.
so check their website out, making some laughs and... thinking
an electrical cord that acts as an ambient display, as the amount of energy is displayed through dynamic glowing patterns produced by electroluminescent wires molded into its transparent shell. this cord attempts to increase consumer awareness regarding energy consumption, by a new intuitive way of representing energy in domestic, electric products.
intriguing ambient architectural display that emits information via abstract light patterns. the wall recognizes specific people in its vicinity & emits well-chosen & non-distracting 'light codes' to provoke information awareness & social interaction in public space. others consider it as 'an atmospheric decorative element & can enjoy its aesthetic quality'. [fraunhofer.de]
Recently, I am especially interested in the public's reactions to surveillance system, the notion of privacy, security and ethical issues in todayâ€™s society. Three interactive works relate to the surveillance system are found during my research.
1. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - Subtitled Public
Subtitled Public consists of an empty exhibition space where visitors are tracked with a computerized infrared surveillance system. As people enter the installation, texts are projected onto their bodies: these "subtitles" consist of thousands of verbs conjugated in third person and they follow each individual everywhere they go. The only way to get rid of a subtitle is to touch someone else: the words then are exchanged between them (text from http://www.lozano-hemmer.com/).see vidoe (4 mins)
Subtitled Public, 2007
courtesy of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
2. 215 Points of View - Jonathan Schipper, 2005
215 Points of View is a 5.5 foot diameter sphere covered with 215 video monitors and surveillance cameras. Each monitor displays live video feed from a camera placed on the opposite side of the sphere. The sphere can be rolled around in its environment. It is a surveillance device that reveals what is just beyond it. Its scale and mobility defy secrecy. (text from http://www.pierogi2000.com/)website
215 Points of View2005, Approx. 5.5 foot diameter, Steel frame, 215 monitors and surveillance cameras, rubber, cables
courtesy of Jonathan Schipper
5.3 ACCESS, Marie Sester, Marie Sester's Access is a public art installation that applies web, computer, sound and lighting technology in which a robotic spotlight controlled by web-users tracks individuals in public spaces. An acoustic beam system directs sounds onto the same tracked persons, projecting audio that only he/she can hear. The individual does not know who is tracking him/her or why he/she is being tracked. Nor is he/she aware of being the only person among the public hearing the sound. The tracker doesn't know his/her action triggers sound towards the target. In effect, both the tracker and the tracked are in a paradoxical communication loop. (text from http://channel.creative-capital.org)website
Access, Ars Electronica, September, 2003photo by Marie Sester
An ambient environment designed for young Taiwan girls, reflecting their aesthetic, their taste, & their values.