“Zero” Wristwatch

February 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ZERO wrist watch from Robert Dabi on Vimeo.

Wristwatch concept with no movable parts and implied animated analog information.

Tracking 18th-century “Social Network” Through Letters

February 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Visual mapping of thousands of letters exchanged in the 18th century’s “Republic of Letters”, during the French Enlightenment. This network of intellectuals, linked innovative ideas of the Enlightenment across national borders and language barriers. Cultural thinkers like Voltaire, Leibniz, Rousseau, Linnaeus, Newton, Diderot.

Putting Back the Face into Typeface

February 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Putting Back the Face into Typeface.
Some perspectives on the influence of letterforms on our information environment from typographer and design colleague Erik Spiekermann.

Transmediale.11 Response:Ability Trailer

February 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Transmediale – Response:Ability Film Trailer for Berlin’s festival of art and digital culture by Emilia Forstreuter.

Cultural Messaging: The English Language In 24 Accents

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Enlightened dramatized perspective on how the English language is communicated around the world from regional cultural filters. Each version has a specific character shaped by its social sphere of influence. Cultural form is the message.

The focus is on the accent. Some of the content in the video may seem offensive, but it’s simply improvised street language to convey the accent.

Word Lens live photographic language translation app

December 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This is a nice start for leveraging communications. Word Lens translates printed words from one language to another using the video camera on the iPhone.

Next Screen Technology

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TAT Open Innovation Experiment on screen technology with stretchable screens, transparent screens and e-ink displays. Unfortunately content is still based on old structural paradigms.

Juan Enriquez, Big Reboot: Financial Crisis to Evolutionary Tech

June 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Rebooting toward a trajectory of a different species: from Homo Sapiens to evolutionary hominid. (Of course it’s a double-edged sword) (18 min, Feb 2009)

“Synthetic Life” Design, Craig Venter (TED)

June 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Craig Venter and team create the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. (18 min)

Cultural Analytics: High-performance Computing and the Humanities

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Lev Manovich, UC San Diego, delivers a paradigm on the quantitative end in the humanities, Cultural Analytics. The project is Visualizing Patterns in Databases of Cultural Images and Video. The focus is on automatic analysis of visual and media culture: video games, mass media, visual art and cinema.

The intent is analyzing cultural documents through information visualization, currently limited to the study of formal qualities of historical works of Art.

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