Archive for March, 2006

Design highlights

March 27, 2006 4 comments


+Alice Rawsthorn writing in the Financial Times defends Vitra's design integrity however – is she really going about it the right way by criticising the Polder lounge which I believe is set to become a design icon? Companies like Vitra understand the market and are moving with the times to include the work of designers such as Hella Jongerius to their own advantage.

+Also in the Financial Times, Read more…

Deyan Sudjic takes over where Alice Rawsthorn leaves off

March 25, 2006 1 comment

A new director Deyan Sudjic, has been appointed to take over from Alice Rawsthorn at the Design Museum, London. After a little research I’m wondering whether this will suit the museum’s elite Board of Trustees or whether they may actually be lamenting the take-over.

On closer inspection Deyan Sudjic appears critical of the ego driven architect writing a piece for the observer on intellectual/ architectural property questioning the architect of the Gerkin, followed be the publication of his book The Edifice Complex. Read more…

Categories: Design, Ideas

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: archaeology meets contemporary art

March 23, 2006 2 comments


I recently posted on a very interesting design group ATOPOS who are currently researching “Art and Technology in Fashionâ€? a project that is due to take place in 2008 at the New Benaki Museum in Athens and who will also be presenting an exhibition of original American paper dresses from the sixties, also at the Benaki Museum. Unfortunately their website has not yet been launched but they have promised to inform me as soon as it’s operative. From what I have seen of their work, I expect the site will be as inspirational.

In the meantime I’m posting some video stills from a piece ATOPOS have produced with artist / filmaker Marcus Tomlinson called Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, for the Archaeological Museum of Mystras in the Peloponnesus, Greece. Having travelled through the area a few years ago I’m sorry I had not made it there but can imagine what an exceptional setting this would be for this elegant and mysterious time piece. Read more…

Categories: Design, Exhibition, Fashion, Ideas

Design horizon seminar: exporting Australian design

March 23, 2006 Leave a comment

The NSW Department of State and Regional Development and Austrade invite professional designers, planners and architects to a free seminar on business opportunities in international markets, with stories by those who are selling Australian design overseas.

Tuesday 4 April
Powerhouse Museum
No charge applies

Download your registration here

Thank you Powerhouse Museum

Categories: Australian, Design, Event, Ideas

dfactory update

March 23, 2006 Leave a comment

d factory - All about Eames

harge applies

Categories: Australian, Design, Event, Ideas

Popcorn Taxi presents Cory Doctorow: where does hollywood get off?

March 23, 2006 Leave a comment

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This is big! For those of you who don’t know Cory Doctorow, he is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing, and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. His novels are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, sold to OpenText, Inc in 2003, and presently serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the MetaBrainz Foundation, Technorati, Inc, and Onion Networks, Inc.

popcorn taxi (screenings program Sydney) and the Australian Film commission is presenting Doctorow on Wednesday, 19 April 2006 @ 7.00pm at the Greater Union Bondi Junction where he poses the question

where does Hollywood get off with its antiquated business model, in treating the media user as a criminal with their draconian copyright laws?…such laws limit the creative possibilities for artists and users

entry to the event is free.

See popcorn taxi for more information.

Categories: Australian, Design, Event, Ideas

Beta_space @ the Powerhouse

March 22, 2006 Leave a comment


Photo Greg Turner

Beta_space is an experimental environment where the public can engage with the latest research in art and new technology. space shows artworks in development by CCS researchers and collaborators at different stages, from early prototype to end product. It gives visitors to the Powerhouse the opportunity to be creatively involved in the development of new forms of artistic expression, and an
insight into the creative process of artists and technologists. Read more…