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Bright Tape Promoting Social Distancing Transforms Public Architecture in Singapore

April 21, 2020

Grace Ebert

To help visualize social distancing guidelines, residents in Singapore are using tape to demarcate many outdoor common areas and shopping centers. Large dots designate where to stand when waiting to check out, and benches and steps feature rectangles identifying open seats. An unintended side effect of these safety measures, though, is that the tape itself becomes an architectural element. The account @tape_measures has been compiling photo submissions from the country, showing how geometric additions are altering public spaces with the use of simple X’s and more complex systems of arrows, boxes, and lines. For more of the architectural transformations inspired by social distancing, head to Instagram. (via Kottke)

 

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Music

Japanese Musician Creates Unique Drum Beats by Tapping on Vintage Tape Recorders

August 6, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Japanese musicians Ei Wada, Haruka Yoshida, and Masaru Yoshida create reverberating drum beats on the outstretched tape of cracked open reel-to-reel tape recorders from the 1970s and 1980s. The group, appropriately named Open Reel Ensemble, produces an intriguing timbre that more closely resembles a synthesizer than an analog drum. The group has created the soundtrack for Japanese designer ISSEY MIYAKE‘s last four seasons. You can listen to more compositions by the trio, including this song that mixes their unique drumming technique with a keyboard, on Youtube.

 

 



Art

Museum Visitors Invited to Crawl and Slide Inside Massive Suspended Tape Structure

January 23, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Photographs by Dan Hodges and Rich Sanders

The Des Moines Art Center’s recent exhibit, Drawing in Space, highlighted four artists working in the medium of tape. The show included Numen/For Use (previously), an artist collective based in Vienna and Zagreb. Their interactive sculpture, called simply “Tape,” is made exclusively of clear packing tape, suspended within the art center’s I.M. Pei-designed architecture. Museum visitors are encouraged to explore the piece from the inside out—as long as they wear socks and move through the structure in a clockwise direction. Numen’s exhibit at the Art Center closed on January 21st, and we’re looking forward to seeing where it appears next. Previous iterations have been built in Paris, Frankfurt, and Vienna. See more of Numen/For Use’s work on their website and Facebook.

 

 



Design

New Reusable Adhesive Tape Makes Any Surface Instantly Compatible with LEGO Bricks

March 15, 2017

Christopher Jobson

We all know that the world can’t get enough LEGO, but if this handy LEGO tape is any indicator, soon we won’t be able to find enough places to put it. Created by Cape Town-based designers Anine Kirsten and Max Basler, Nimuno Loops are a reusable adhesive tape that turns any surface into a base for LEGO projects. Think: walls, glass windows, ceilings, or irregularly shaped objects can all suddenly become a starting point for building with LEGOs. You can also build around corners, or even slap additional components onto the sides of existing LEGO creations. Nimuno Loops are currently funding on Indiegogo and they’ve raised almost $700,000 as of this writing, handily surpassing their goal by 8,575%. (via Designboom, Creators Project, and basically the rest of the entire internet)

 

 



Art

A Rainbow of Tape Cascades Through a Six-Story Atrium in Sydney

March 15, 2017

Christopher Jobson

“A million things that make your head spin,” 2016-2017. Flagging tape, wood, paint, and hardware. 51.4 x 27.5 x 84.8 feet / 15.67 x 8.37 x 25.85 meters

LA-based artist Megan Geckler recently completed work on her latest multi-colored tape installation inside the 6-story atrium of the historic Customs House building in Sydney. The suspended artwork titled “A million things that make your head spin” was produced with 14 kilometers (46,000 feet) of flagging tape with the help of several volunteers. Like a swirling tornado of color, the piece dominates the interior space of the building utilized as a cultural hub located in the city’s Circular Quay area. The installation will be on view through April 30, 2017. You can see more of Geckler’s work in her online portfolio and watch a behind-the-scenes video below.

 

 



Art

Technicolor Rainbow Tape Floor Installations by Jim Lambie

June 28, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

Collectively titled Zobop, Jim Lambie's vinyl tape installations mark off floors and stairs with colorful and repeating patterns, typically consisting of seven to nine rotating hues. The site-specific works conform to the architectural outline of each space, tracing the sharp edges of moulding or square bases of monumental columns. To begin each new work Lambie first outlines the widest possible edge, typically starting where the floor meets the wall. From here, he alternates widths for his lines, mixing up thin strips with those that are a couple of inches thick until he reaches the center of each space.

Lambie’s first work in Zobop was completed in 1999 during a solo exhibition of the same name at The Showroom in London. Since this first exhibition, Lambie has continued to make the concentric works, using materials that could be easily accessed at any office supply store. You can see more of his colorful installations at Anton Kern Gallery. (via Contemporary Art Blog)

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