Category: Events

July 6, 2015

Connected Worlds

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Connected Worlds, by interactive design studio Design I/O, is a gigantic installation that trades esoteric terminology for a sea of pixels. Installed at the New York Hall of Science, the room-sized exhibit revolves around a 48-foot digital waterfall that “pours” onto the floor. Kids can aim the resulting streams by damming around the space with logs. And ultimately, the water will flow to one of various environments that live on the walls—from deserts to jungle—where it will allow children to grow plant life and interact with animals. There’s something to be said for its sheer power of scale. Whereas most digital experiences span a four-inch screen, or at max a small living room of flailing around with the Wii, Connected Worlds is over 5,000 square feet of interactive projections.

“Normally our ideas are limited by the physical dimensions of the space we have to work with,” explains Partner Theodore Watson. “But the Great Hall is so big—80 ft tall and over 110 ft long—that we knew we could make something really wild and at the limit of what is possible in this field,”

“These interactions are not immediate though as the water takes time to travel across the floor, so it can be quite a puzzle for the children to get the water routing in a way that it can feed several of the environments on the wall,” Watson says. “When we were installing with just three of us we got really tired running around trying to get water to different parts of the installation, it actually works much better when there are 20-30 kids to manage the water.”

In this sense, the actual mechanics of game become a metaphor for our environment: It’s too big of a project for anyone to protect alone.

Exhibits at the Hall of Science.   Photo by David Handschuh

Exhibits at the Hall of Science. Photo by David Handschuh

Exhibits at the Hall of Science.   Photo by David Handschuh

Exhibits at the Hall of Science. Photo by David Handschuh

Exhibits at the Hall of Science.   Photo by David Handschuh

Exhibits at the Hall of Science. Photo by David Handschuh

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Connected Worlds from Design I/O on Vimeo.

 

“Environmental impact.” It’s one of those terms that you’ve heard so often that it’s grown more or less meaningless. Yet the cause and effect relationships between what we do, and how it affects our environment, are extremely important.

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June 11, 2015

Creative Mornings : Trinity Session

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Given the The Trinity Session’s extensive practice of public art curation and implementation, an archive of particular knowledge and experience develops in parallel to the commissioning process. Much of this information is not always present in the final permanent outcomes they manage. Hence their collaborative artistic practice as Hobbs/Neustetter serves to record and translate in other forms, this engagement with place making and the ephemeral nature of social enquiries and user experience.

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The act of being present, and following the progression of a work of art coming into being in public space is for Hobbs/Neustetter a complex and political condition, where one is literally exposed to myriad forces and opinions. A temporary action on the other hand, while no less complex or political unfolds with a different sense of time in relation to development and production, and will often display more social dexterity in relation to audience and site.

Hence, photography, video, mapping and participatory processes are the principal tools to plan, present and record such interventions. And the works presented here, through their exploration of xenophobia, forced migration and urban degeneration, are an attempt at employing these tools towards a symbolic translation of radical changes in society.

Tickets open on the 22nd of June at 7am, early birds get the tickets.

We have been known to have surprises up our sleeves, so the right place to be on Friday, 26 June is at Creative mornings with a Doubleshot coffee in one hand, a Vovo Telo pastry in the other, a bottle of Luna water to wash it all down, and the charming Nicework team to keep you company.

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June 10, 2015

Creative Mornings : Revolution

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This month we are shaking in our boots in anticipation as we await the talk built around the topic of Revolution: presented by MailChimp and illustrated by Mark Weaver.

If you were to overthrow a social order in favour of a new system, have you ever thought what would that system might be? Join in, as we prepare for what is about to be handed to us this month, in pure revolutionary spirit.

Stay tuned for more information on this talk, happening on 26 June. In the meantime, click on this little something from Shutterstock, one of the official sponsors of Creative Mornings.

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April 28, 2015

Behance Portfolio Review Johannesburg

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Twice a year, Behance presents Portfolio Review Week. These events form part of a global network of volunteer-organised reviews taking place in over 120 countries, aimed at bringing creatives together and sharing ideas.

Join us for the the Behance Portfolio Review Johannesburg, brought to you by the UJ Department of Graphic Design, in partnership with Nicework and Between10and5.

The event takes place on 12 May at 18:00 at the UJ FADA Gallery. RSVP on Facebook is essential.

Bring your portfolio or best work in hard copy or on a tablet or computer (there will be wi-fi) and have it reviewed by industry professionals. There will be networking opportunities, prizes from Adobe Creative Cloud and Behance, and beer!

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April 7, 2015

Emerging Artists Dortmund

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April 2, 2015

Oreo Pop-up Café Launch

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This sugar-coated event was one bustling with people of all shapes, sizes and careers each with one thing in common; the amount of Oreo treats, entertainment and activities had every guest’s childhood alter ego bouncing off the walls. In the true spirit of ‘play with Oreo’,  Candice Mullins from Plato Communications, Thurlow from Mbongiworks, Mariaan Steyn from In Any Event and Grant from Oreo put together this whirlwind of sweet mayhem.

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