The Digital Rube Goldberg Processor is the outcome of a workshop The Product collective gave at the HfG Karlsruhe (Design School). The team was invited to give a 4-day Processing workshop for the communication design students there. Since they understand it is impossible to teach programming to beginners just within 4 days, they decided to focus more on the essential topics behind generative and computational design, to provide a grounded starting point for the students.
Jens explains: We first gave a quick introduction to the processing environment, thematically centered around the actual matter of generative design, namely digital data. Given the fact that any stored data is binary code in the end, it is the encoding and decoding algorithms that make digital data meaningful for us. To create an awareness for that, we came up with the idea of the rube-goldberg-processor (wiki). It is an potentially endless line of sub-processors that transform the same dataset from one state into another. Each group of students had a translate-from-to assignment, e.g. from moving image to sound. To make the steps more comprehensible for observers, the transfer was made in an analog way (camera pointing to monitor, microphone in front of speaker…) In the end, this obvoiusly led to an indecipherable outcome, but on the way, the teams had to negotiate basic “protocols” and concerned themselves with several techniques that are used in computational design.
The Product team provided the first step (image to text) as well as the last step, the flickr uploader. The rest was done by the students.
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The Product a berlin-based spatial and media-related design practice. They conceive design concepts. They create installations. They animate surfaces. They design spaces. They develop objects. And they extensively think about the application and combination of technologies in meaningful ways.
70 workers are building a wooden 4 x 12 m “digital” time display in real time: a work that involves 1611 changes within 24 hour period. Seamlessly documented and shot on video, a 24 hours movie or clock is now available. Standard Time is an artwork by Mark Formanek, realized by Datenstrudel in coproduction with Bigfish GmbH. Supportet by Stiftung Kunstfonds & Filmstiftung NRW, Skulpturenpark Berlin.
Zimoun’s sound sculptures and installations are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic». He is interested in the artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviours in sound and motion. He creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns. Watch Zimoun’s sculptures in motion
An installation of casual movements of living creatures are captured to create live concerts that speak to the beauty of life, nature and the advancement of art. A quiet Ensemble combines art, technology and nature to create music. Intermission is over. Sit down and enjoy. Quintetto won third prize at the “International Contemporary Art Prize – Celesteprize” in Berlin. Quiet Ensemble was founded by Fabio Di Salvo and Bernardo Vercelli in 2009.
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A periscope that is attached to a bus stop. It aims to entertain and reduce the stress of commuters, avoiding the wait/walk dilemma. It transforms the bus stop into a playground by providing a fun diversion while waiting for the bus. At the same time it works as a critical object: by being present, it also aims to initiate a conversation between the commuters about the lack of the real-time information display that let you know how long will take for the bus to arrive.More info: http://www.enjoymyview.net/bustop.html
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Wed 10 February – Mon 24 May 2010
Rudolf Stingel Live. The Tyrolean-born artist Rudolf Stingel has designed an installation especially for the Neue Nationalgalerie which takes the architecture of Mies van der Rohe as its point of departure and transforms the iconic buildings character with imposing results.
A giant carpet has been laid out on the surface of the floor in the gallerys large glass hall, whose pattern, dating back to an original 19th century Indian Agra rug, has been transposed into tones of black, white and grey. The powerful, graphic pattern and sensual opulence of the carpet stands in direct contrast with the austerity and formal reduction of the architecture. Much has been made of the sacredness of van der Rohes construction, something now seen in an entirely new light with the addition of the Indian-Persian influence in dcor, with the result that the modern temple loses something of its abstract severity. It continues to be a sacred site however – one with marked oriental overtones.
A magnificent crystal chandelier hovers in the air above the carpet, reminiscent of places of great pomp and ceremony, and simultaneously serves to anchor the installation in an inextricably European context. After all, far from being entirely foreign, Indian and Persian carpets are a part of European cultural history, found among various other kinds of orientalia in the lounges and salons of the upper middle-classes, where, in the words of Rudolf Stingel himself, they can be seen as the expression of a tempered yearning for the other.
Parallel to the installation, new paintings by the internationally renowned artist are on view on the lower floor.
Foto: David von Becker, © Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie