Archive for the 'Interaction' Category

Vital Resource

The Institute of Network Cultures has had a site refresh, and it’s a good excuse, if any were needed, to look through their amazing resources for anyone with a critical interest in the internet and digital networked technologies. Many of the books are available as download.

Act Now

Four days of exhibition, workshops, lectures, artist talks, panel discussions, performances, and screenings. Bringing together leading Asian and international talent to share, collaborate, and inspire. More: / Site and identity by Moniker (check it out).

Google Vol. 1

A volume containing the entire dictionary represented by the first image result returned by Google images for each word. Review by Daniel Bennewith Gray.

Process and Craft


We did a Conditional Design workshop recently, as part of the Feral Studio *If,Then* events. And I just happened across this video, coincidentally, prompted by a couple of questions from Sam. I thought it was worth posting as it’s relevant in terms of the discussion that might, or could, be generated from the previous post about ‘craft’.

via ▶ Dutch Profiles


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if,then. 20-23 Oct. A week of interactive interaction design workshops. By Art School i/0 and A Feral Studio.

Feral Past, Present, Future

Feral Past, Present, Future – A Feral Studio

Feral Studio Updates: An excellent resource from Lizzie Malcolm (who ran the patterns and parameters workshop, AFS001) is available online here, with a timeline of the work produced, alongside research reference points and template scripts. (You can also see some images of the public event, courtesy of Kirstin Kerr). Meanwhile, workshop 002 with Nik Roy is underway, and later this evening there’ll be a public event at the Lighthouse. Next week we look forward to welcoming Europa for a workshop, followed by a talk with Robert and Mia from Europa and David Bellingham at South Block. Then it’s a long winter break until we’re back on Garnethill.

Image: Alice Rooney

Feral Studio Workshop 21+22 Oct


Workshop 001:

Mon 21st and Tue 22nd Oct
with Lizzie Malcolm/
‘Patterns and Parameters’
taking place in SWG3 studios
15 places, allocated on first come first served basis. Sign up (via the VLE) opens at 10am on monday morning (14th oct).

Starting from before computers, this workshop will introduce the relationship between code and creativity, specifically the concept of parametric design, and generative patterns.

We will look beyond software that has been made for design and explore ways to use computation as a tool in the creative process.

Beginning with a simple pattern generation program in the Processing language, we will manipulate input, process and output to build a generative visual system.

Sign up: opens, via the VLE design school community, at 10am on Mon 14th Oct.

Note: If you sign up for this event, you need to commit to being available 9am-5pm on both the mon 21st and tue 22nd Oct. 2013.

This event is mainly aimed at 3rd and 4th year undergrad students in order to fit around FOCI days etc, but there will be other events later in the year timed to suit other year groups.

The public event attached to this workshop is open to everybody, and is free but ticketed:

Indirect Distribution


Pamphlet by Helmut Smits is simple, and, possibly, beautiful. Video.


Two completely unrelated things i’ve just looked at on the internet; ARC – Journal of the Royal College of Art (they have a new website) and

New journalistic low for the ol’ blog.

Little Printer: Behind the Scenes

This in-depth article about Little Printer looks at the process behind the product, (which is probably more of an indication of future products than a fait-accompli), with some really interesting observations about design process, ‘discipline’ and more.

James Bridle, The New Aesthetic, Etc.

Kimberley asked me to post this months ago, in relation to a project that has long since passed. I’ve only just got round to it. Awful.

(This project by James Bridle is also amusing: #rorschmap: Street View Edition )

Design & Thinking

With more depth of field shots than you can shake a stick at, and enough plinky-plonky ‘folk’ music to fill an International Whimsy Expo, Design & Thinking at the GFT (Tuesday 15th Jan) could make for an evening of design insights, contentious opinions, and ambitious claims. Not recommended for a first date.

Simple Beautiful Mechanics x 2

from Ralph Steiner

from Niklas Roy: (who also invented ‘My little piece of Privacy‘).

Beyond Interesting

I can’t remember if I’ve previously flagged up the brilliant things magazine. It is beyond the usual internet interesting.

Failed Report

“Field Studies is a four-day summer-school led by three acclaimed sound artists and composers. It explores the possibilities of engaging with places through listening, and working with recorded sound as a creative and practical tool in the context of architecture, the city and art practice.”

The course was organised by Musarc and led by Joseph Kohlmaier who edited Human Space by O.F. Bollnow on Hyphen Press. Three workshops were tutored by artist Brandon Labelle, field recordist Lee Patterson and artist Davide Tidoni. There were also talks from John Dack on Pierre Schaeffer and musique concrète, Soundfjord‘s co-founder Helen Frosi and sound artist Christina Kubisch.

Clockwise from top left, reconstructed overheard conversations, fishing for sounds using DIY hydrophone and the shoe-less Davide Tidoni discusses exploring space with radio static.

I didn’t manage to get the obligatory photo of artists/designers on laptops around trestle tables, it did happen though!

In Christina Kubisch’s talk, she showed films of her electromagnetic induction headphones in action. They pick up electromagnetic fields from electrical devices and convert them into sound using something like this. Reminded me of the sunglasses scene from They Live.

Vis Com 12 Degree Show

Vis Com 12 is the website of this years graduating 4th year students. And representing as it does, a fantastically diverse body of works, has the most tags of any post on the vis-com blog ever.

The Power of Networks

In this RSA Animate talk, Manuel Lima, author of ‘Visual Complexity‘, talks about a shift, over the last century, from trees to networks as a way of understanding the world. This is significant if we’re starting to talk about ourselves as a ‘distributed academy’ (for which we could read, or at least reflect on, the ‘distributed network’).

Colour Deaf

colour deaf

Vis-com-des person Sisi Lu is performing as part of Colour Deaf, initially developed with the Telfer Gallery, and now part of the Cryptic Nights Programme:

Thursday 7 June – Friday 8 June 2012, 8:00pm, Adult: £5.00

Installation open from 8pm, Performance begins at 9pm

“Colour Deaf is a cross-disciplinary collective, offering audiences an alternative experience in visual art and live music through installation and sonic design.”

via Cryptic Nights presents: Colour Deaf

Also to be recommended at the CCA this week: friend of vis-com-des: Momus.

While these events do clash with degree show, it may be possible, with a bit of space-time-continuum wrangling, to fit them all in.

Little Libraries

Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism on Design Observer is a really interesting article mulling over the recent past of small independent ‘library’ initiatives, the library as institution, and the varying roles these play in ‘information culture’.

“Libraries are about much more, of course; they exist not simply to store and provide access to information. Advocates argue that libraries continue to serve crucial civic and social functions, and their tenacious faith is reinforced by a flurry of recent street-level library activity. The last few years have seen the emergence of myriad mini, pop-up, guerilla and ad-hoc libraries, which are part of the phenomenon that Mimi Zeiger, in her Interventionist’s Toolkit series for this journal, calls “provisional, opportunistic, ubiquitous, and odd tactics in guerilla and DIY practice and urbanism” — to which I might add, librarianship.”

Image: Reanimation Library, Brooklyn.

Derrida of the Digital Age

Friedrich Kittler has been described by some as the Derrida of the Digital Age – the first philosopher to truly explore and understand our emergent relationship with digital technology. Friedrich Kittlers computer wars is a podcast on the Guardian website which explores this legacy.

Another writer on the ‘digital’ who might be worth looking into is Vilém Flusser, who wrote about networks, but also photography and the ‘technical image’.

Thanks to Gordon Hush for the initial link.