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SCI-Arc Students Reimagine Claes Oldenburg’s ‘Geometric Mouse’ as Inspiration for Rethinking Multiples in Art and Architecture





December 5, 2017

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SCI-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, in Los Angeles is a school that considers architecture an art form capable of engaging with contemporary culture and public imagination. At the graduate level, the school offers creative individuals with an undergraduate degree in any field of study the opportunity to transition into the professional and academic world of architecture through its 3-year professionally accredited Master of Architecture 1 program.

Students in SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 1 come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, but they all share an interest in cultural production. In order to familiarize students with problems central to the discourse of architecture, the program begins with a design studio that sets up a foundation of technical rigor and fine craft while utilizing contemporary architectural tools. During the second year, students are engaged in Visual Studies and Design Studio courses that consider the role of ‘Multiples’ in Art and Architecture, and enable students to create stunning visual techniques that are unique to the vibrant environment that SCI-Arc cultivates.

Through a seminar specific Grasshopper-Kangaroo software script, students rigged and animated 3D arrangements of parts (ears, head, nose, body, etc.), then produced physical models in a range of materials using 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser cutting. Students also had the opportunity to experiment with several advanced imaging technologies, including Augmented Reality, Stroboscopic Animation, and Real-time Projection Mapping in SCI-Arc’s Robot House. This comprehensive set of techniques in Visual Studies supported the development of conceptual, theoretical and formal proposals in Design Studio for a new Disney Animation Studio in Burbank California.

Following SCI-Arc’s studio model of the “practicing architect as educator”, this Visual Studies seminar and related Design Studio was coordinated by Devyn Weiser whose professional practice, Testa & Weiser, was selected for the Canadian Centre for Architecture landmark exhibit Archeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention at the CCA and Yale University in 2017.

To view more SCI-Arc student and faculty work, visit sciarc.edu or instagram.com/sciarc and instagram.com/devynweiser.

 

 



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Hand-Lettered Art from Skylar Yoo Inspires and Empowers Women (Sponsor)

November 6, 2017

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Skylar Yoo is a new company dedicated to inspiring and empowering women. Alice Yoo, the former editor-in-chief of the art blog My Modern Met, founded the company after discovering the beauty of hand lettering. She paired the unique artform with meaningful words and phrases inspired in part by the Women’s March last January, an event that saw five million people advocate for women’s rights in 700 marches worldwide. Deeply impacted by the global demonstration, Yoo feels that women have a story that needs to be told.

As part of the launch, Yoo collaborated with 14 hand lettering artists including German illustrator Tobias Saul. When asked how he sees hand lettering differing from other forms of art, Tobias shares:

For me, hand lettering combines three different fields: type design, illustration, and graphic design. You have to know a lot of different type styles and how they are constructed. Additionally, you need drawing skills to bring them to paper. And, you have to be able to create different layouts and work with colors. This symbiosis of different graphic fields makes hand lettering so fascinating to me.

Tobias produced this quick timelapse video of his creation process, from start to finish. You can buy his artwork, in the form of t-shirts or art prints at Skylar Yoo, as well as enamel pins and temporary tattoos.

Below are some of the artworks, made by Tobias Saul and others, found exclusively at Skylar Yoo.

 

 



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Artist Bing Lin Discusses Her Experience with MassArt’s Dynamic Media Institute

October 23, 2017

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Bing Lin, “gameLAN 2.0” (2016) (all images courtesy the artist. MFA Dynamic Media Institute)

“The Dynamic Media Institute (DMI) at MassArt appealed to me because it connects research, fine art, and design thinking within a studio environment. It was a perfect place for me to study because it allowed me to pursue my work in a deep way through focused courses and one-on- one mentorship.

My thesis, gameLAN 2.0, was inspired by my experience playing in a Javanese Gamelan ensemble. By linking the sounds of drums, xylophones and string instruments to a visual medium, gameLAN 2.0 allows simultaneous translation from sound to visual projections.

MassArt’s digital fabrication lab enabled me to design and construct the object through which users translate the traditional gamelan sounds in new ways while witnessing a visual manifestation of their efforts. MassArt continues to be a unique place to call home and I am grateful to be apart of our strong alumni community.”

— Bing Lin (Design/Dynamic Media MFA ’16)

Learn more at massart.edu/graduate-programs.

Bing Lin, “gameLAN 2.0” (2016)

Bing Lin, “gameLAN 2.0” (2016)

 

 



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Win a Trip to the Engadget Experience in LA, a Celebration of Art and Tech (Sponsor)

October 18, 2017

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For one day only in Los Angeles, a series of futuristic art installations and panels will bring together some of the brightest minds in art, entertainment, and technology. The Engadget Experience will be an opportunity to experience one-of-a-kind art exhibits and hear from the artists behind these projects. The Engadget Experience will take place at LA’s Ace Hotel on November 14th, and you can win tickets to be there.

To make The Engadget Experience happen, Engadget gave out the largest prizes ever in the field of immersive tech—$100,000 apiece to teams creating art from VR, artificial intelligence and even search results.

The artistic projects that will be part of the experience include:

   — Dance with flARmingos, a mixed reality experience that features a interspecies dance between humans and flamingos. For artist Kristin Lucas, it’s an opportunity to depart from a human-centered worldview.
   — Dinner Party, a virtual-reality thriller based on the true story of the Betty and Barney Hill UFO-abduction incident, the first nationally known UFO abduction in American history.
   — Mapper’s Delight, a cultural tale representing worlds, experiences and gameplay told through hip-hop.
   — Untrained Eyes, a conceptual technology project that takes its inspiration from observing the explicit bias that can be found during everyday image searches within Google and other public-image archives.
   — Your Hands Are Feet, an interactive room-scale VR experience that places you in surreal realities made up of experiential metaphors.

Dance with flARmingos

Dinner Party

Mapper’s Delight

Tickets for the Engadget Experience are on sale now at a temporarily reduced price, but one lucky reader can win two free tickets, plus a two-night stay at the Ace Hotel, a $1,000 airfare stipend and a collection of gadgets that includes the Amazon Echo, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Gear VR and a Smarthome automation bundle.

The Engadget Experience will take place at LA’s Ace Hotel on November 14th. Enter here to win tickets.

 

 



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In Secret Wood’s Enchanting Pendants, Turtles Carry the World on Their Backs (Sponsor)

September 18, 2017

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Vancouver-based jewelers Secret Wood are known for their fusion of wood and resin to create magical rings. Their latest creation features more enchanting worlds, this time on the back of a turtle.

The recently released World Turtle pendant has a unique feature: it is customizable and interchangeable. Switch between different enchanting worlds to personalize your World Turtle pendant. From waterfalls to winter scenes, coral reefs to blossoms, intricate worlds are artfully created inside the turtle’s geometric shell. The design allows light to shine through, refracting off the shell’s many facets.

These pendants take inspiration from Hindu, Chinese and Indigenous mythologies which tell of the world being found on the back of a turtle. The turtle seemed appropriate for this grand role due to its qualities: perseverance, longevity, and determination.

“We were completely inspired by these mythologies and knew we had to use them in our creations,” explains Secret Wood founder, Roman Wood. “There are so many beautiful landscapes on this Earth, the creative possibilities are endless.”

Much like Secret Wood’s rings, every piece is handmade and unique, ensuring a unique wearable experience. More turtle shell designs will be released in the future.

See more examples of the World Turtle on Secret Wood’s pre-order site. The pre-order for these pendants will run until October 18th, or until crafting capacity is reached.

 

 



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Innovative Textiles MFA Program at Parsons School of Design Cultivates Creative Change Makers (Sponsor)

September 11, 2017

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Can algorithms become textiles? Can local making spur global sustainability? Do smart fabrics make for intelligently designed businesses? Questions like these inspired Lidewij Edelkoort, international trend forecaster and The New School’s dean of Hybrid Studies, to establish the MFA in Textiles, a groundbreaking master’s program at Parsons School of Design — part of The New School in New York City.

Launching in fall 2018, the MFA program is designed to prepare creative leaders for the broadening range of textile applications, including fashion and wearable tech, auto and aerospace industries, heath care, and interiors and architecture. “The good news for textile education is that there is an enormous number of jobs,” says Edelkoort. “You can work for a fashion house designing new fabrics. There is the idea of constructing environments, by knitting buildings and creating tent-like structures, using fiber to regulate temperature. All these things come together, from the smallest bit of embroidery to an enormous built environment.”

The recent proliferation of new materials is bringing together makers, designers, and scholars to reimagine textiles — from locally created materials to 3D-knitted and biofabricated matter. In Parsons’ two-year, 60-credit full-time program, students join working professionals in developing a critical understanding of textiles’ sociocultural, environmental, and emotional dimensions and considering their unlimited potential to unite traditional techniques with cutting-edge technologies.

Entrepreneurship-focused coursework and projects are also interwoven throughout the MFA Textiles curriculum. The program is geared to help students re-shore textile industries, lend studio skills to a wide array of firms, launch an independent enterprise, or pursue advanced studies. “We would like to make a hybrid of the Hudson Valley and Silicon Valley,” says Edelkoort. “We integrate computing into our textiles in an intimate way to bring production close to home, to give the machine to the hand, and hand to the machine.”

 

 



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Winsor & Newton’s True Colors (Sponsor)

September 4, 2017

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The colors are bright and vivid – and they’re the same every time. That’s thanks to the careful and deliberate machine precision that goes into testing every Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylic paint. And with their newly released videos, you can go behind the scenes at their London laboratory to see just how they ensure these incredible displays of different shades, again and again.

The secret ingredient behind Winsor & Newton’s Professional Acrylic paint is a group of expert chemists, known as ‘Color Men’, along with a set of in-house artists. Together, they research, develop and discover new paints. This expert team effort provides a range of new products as well as quality assurance. When it comes to color, they have it covered – and tested.

First, the experts examine the light fastness of their Professional Acrylic line of paints. Shining UV light onto color swatches, Winsor & Newton replicate the long-term exposure of paint to light. Measured in real time, the team tracks any signs of fading over 100 hours,  so that you can be guaranteed  that your work will have up to 100 years of lasting color.

The next test measures each Professional Acrylic paint’s color stability. After being loaded into specially designed beakers, the paint is  incubated for extensive periods at extreme temperatures. This ensures the intensity of the colors will survive the inevitable ups and downs of storage, with color guaranteed to be preserved for up to five years.

At the final stage, the opacity of the Professional Acrylic paints is put to the test. The Color Men apply color to specially designed, high contrast chart cards, and then pull the paint at a specific thickness across the card, to ensure that whether you’re painting miniatures or in broad strokes, Winsor & Newton’s Professional Acrylic Paints always deliver perfect consistency.

The rigorous testing that each paint undergoes results in remarkably consistent, reliable materials. By the time Professional Acrylic paints reach your hands, they’ve been tried and tested (and tested, and tested) so you can have the confidence that every color is a color that will work for you.

Learn more about Winsor & Newton’s testing process and Professional Acrylic Paints at winsornewton.com/na/professional-acrylic-paint.
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