Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Digital Design Interaction

I attended an exhibition called Decode at the Victoria & Albert Museum South Kensington in London. The duration of this exhibition is from 8 December 2009- 11 April 2010.


The Decode exhibition is about displaying digital expansion from “interactive designs to small screen based graphics to large scale interactive installations.”
There are three main themes that are explored in the whole exhibition. The first themes is Code, this is used in computers to create the vertical data to run a computer programme. This exhibition shows Code as an important element in the form of a design tool and material that artist can use as a source of inspiration to introduce their topic.

The second theme, Interactivity is being able to engage with the digital artwork as viewer. By Interacting with the digital artworks this creates a contribution by the viewer. Some Digital artworks use ‘human gesture’ by sensory imaging, using cameras and tracking the viewer to translating it back into the digital installation.
The third theme is Network and this is linked to many human activities that relate to technology. Mobile Network allows us to connect with other mobile user instantly. The internet is the biggest Network provider because it gives us the chance to communicate by emails, Websites, Network sites, video and audio, leaving the internet saturated with traces of our lives. This has left an opening for artist & designer to translate digital activities as a form of art display.

I took videos of digital installation that I found the most interesting in the decode exhibition.

Title Light Rain 2007
By Sendai and Florence who are based in Tokyo. Like the motion graphic in the visual short film installation because it doesn’t look like light rain but white fireworks the best thing is that you can interact using your movements. By moving my hands towards the installation the artwork made spectacular fireworks effects.

Title Body Paint 2009
By Mehmet Akten. Body paint is a very interaction installation. I was fascinated when I saw the colours move by any sudden movement this was a fun & playful experience. Whenever my body moved in any direction the installation changed colour to suit my body movements. This has potential to be used in NHS wards when dealing with young children who are unable to speak.

Title Dandelion 2009
By a company called Sennep based in Copenhagen YOKE Denmark. The animation is amazing it is like a cartoon. The main focus is on one dandelion. The animation is connected to a digital dryer. A person can use the dryer to blow the leaves away.

Title House of Cards Video 2008.
By James Frost. House of Cards is a video created for a band called Radiohead 2008. House of cards installation is a lot different than the actual video because you can move and change the direction of the video. The Video is made by using different computer aided design and motion codes.

Title Dune 2007
By Studio Practice in the Netherlands. Dune is a responsive piece that reads you when walk through it. When you are read the LED lights flash on to the responses of your motion and touch. The environment is dark making the installation more effective. The installation is made out of “LED, microphones, sensors, speakers, software and other media running on an interactive embedded microchip system and firmware”. The Dune was a almost spiritual like experience as I was transformed from the darkness to the light.

Title Digital Zoetrope 2008
By Troika. This installation is based in code, different code that makes the zoetrope go round and round really fast changing words in each row. The ‘approach focuses on the interplay between technology, design and the arts. I was fascinated by the word play of the zoetrope because different words were created at high speed which is a challenge of visual co ordination and an insight into how quick the brain operates.

Title the Bit.Code 2009.
By Julius Popp 2009. Combine ‘art and science converge’. The bit.Code is a good example because ‘Popp has created bit. Code, a large-scale installation in the Grand Entrance of the Museum. Bit.Code consists of a large bank of spinning black and white moving energy chains. The energy chains represent the vast quantity of data we receive in our daily lives. As the chains spin they create a confusing image of unreadable information. At certain points, the energy chains align and words become readable.’ The way the installation stops moving for one minute until it starts going again to form a word reminds me about life you, sleep for eight hours and wake to begin our day. The installation was restless and in a whirl of activity, much like us, and then was able to rest.
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