Saturday, October 29, 2011

See Yourself Sensing on Zoe Ryan's (curator and chair of Architectue and Design, Art Institute of Chicago) "must read" list

You never know what googling your own book will turn up!  Just found this very nice plug for See Yourself Sensing. Here's an excerpt from Designers and Books blog article: A Tool for Understanding Our Relationship with the World Around Us: Books Every Product Designer Should Read—ZoĆ« Ryan

"While there are more than enough books here to keep designers busy for a long time, we asked Ryan if there are any newly published books that would make it onto her “must read” list. Her recommendation? See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception by Madeline Schwartzman (Black Dog Publishing, August 2011). Ryan says,

'For a number of years I have been researching and thinking about an exhibition related to design and the senses; one that not only addresses the visual and physical sensation of touching and using design but also contemplates other issues connected to how we relate to design through smell, sound, and taste.

This book is a great overview of art, design, and architecture projects that promote new sensory experiences and foster awareness of how we perceive and experience the world.'"

Friday, October 28, 2011

Kei Kagami at Steinbeisser, Amsterdam

I had wanted to include more of Kagami's work in See Yourself Sensing.  Here are some images of his beautifully awkward clothes and shoes.  If you're in Amsterdam, go see his 10 year shoe retrospective at Steinbeisser:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sensor in a pill

Turned out that my airplane neighbor on the way to the London book launch was the CTO of IBM North East Europe - Rashik Parmar - a smart guy who was talks 'See Yourself Sensing' better than I do.  Among other things, he told me about some upcoming sensors, including a pill with a microchip on it - gets activated by stomach acid and transmits to an external receiver.

Only problem - remote caregivers will need a microchip to remind them to monitor the pill-use uploads.

Carsten Holler at New Museum

Opens October 26th, includes a slide from the 4th to 2nd floor.  I've been commissioned to write an article about one of his works.  Which one to pick?
Here's the slides at Tate Modern.  Wheeeeee!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review in Aesthetica Magazine, August 2011
(just saw it for the first time)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sorry if I told you this was this artist

I kept insisting that this was a man, and I was sure it was Hyungkoo Lee - the artist himself, since he appears in several of the other helmets.  At the book launch, Lee's former assistant - Yoon - cleared things up.  I was wrong.  It is a woman - a very famous Korean model.