Architecture

The Softspace Of Usman Haque. Choreographies Of Sensations

Architecture, according to Vitruvius, is the sum of three factors: utilitas, venustas and firmitas. Usefulness and beauty are for sure features that cannot be renounced in order not to cross the border into sculpture or into the simple and unfortunately rampant building industry. But what about permanence? Is it truly something that cannot be renounced ? Is it truly a must that an architectural work has necessarily to be solid and lasting over time ? When, on the contrary, a work is ephemeral, short-lived , transient cannot belong anymore to the domain of architecture ? And if the term 'ephemeral' rather than bearing the negative connotation of something fragile and subject to speculation, could instead carry a different meaning?... READ MORE...

Medi/action And Mediam(bi)ent. The Nuformer Digital Media Method

Projectable surfaces in metropolis have become big buildings' facades. We already wrote on this subject in the previous Digimag issue and this time we are putting forward our interview with Rob Delfgaauw from NuFormer, a Dutch firm which has diffused worldwide the sensationalist technique of mapping and screening 3d videos on edifices thus precisely reflecting existing volumes and altering in the public the way of perceiving the static object. Performances, advertising campaigns, big public events. Their promotional video, Projections on Buildings, a video-live performance in which buildings seem to be flaking off in front of spectators or else to be filled up with colorful small balls, was everywhere on the web. NuFormer style gets popular and turns into an example for many... READ MORE...

Art And Architecture: Investigation At The Boundaries Of Space

Our changing understanding of reality has inspired the invention of new concepts of space and strategies for spatial research and practice across disciplines. There have been several radical changes in cosmology, science, art, design and philosophy, concerning the ways in which reality and our experience of it may be understood. As can be seen in recent studies by scientists, artists, designers and thinkers, such changes have encouraged the development of new philosophies and theories on space, new types of spatial perception, interaction etc... READ MORE...

Hypersurface And Mediafacade. Urban Screen And Nu Former

Lev Manovich once said that the deep change which is affecting culture in the era of computerized media revolution also concerns space and its representation and organization systems. Space becomes a media itself: Just like all other media - audio, video, images and text - nowadays space can be transmitted, stored and recovered in a snapshot. Space can be squeezed, re-formatted, changed into a flow, filtered, computerized, programmed and interactively managed (L. Manovich, Il linguaggio dei nuovi media)... READ MORE...

Fluid Architectures

The exhibition Fluid Architectures gathers spaces of flow and immateriality created by artists in response to these contemporary notions the city. These fictional spaces made of light, moving image, and other media extend the idea of physical architecture to the construction of dynamic and seemingly infinite spaces enabling a sensory experience... READ MORE...

Interspatiality & Dystopia

The growth of non object-centred thinking, the cosmological understanding of space as an uncontrollably changing informational substance and the expanded use of virtual environments, necessitate new strategies for developing spatial research in order to advance art and architecture.... READ MORE...

(Italiano) Come Generare Un’atmosfera

(Italiano) L'esperienza multisensoriale della realtˆ socio-urbana  stata la questione cardine affrontata nel simposio internazionale 'Faire une ambiance' tenutosi dal 10 al 12 settembre a Grenoble. Simposio curato da Jean-François Augoyard (filosofo, urbanista e musicologo) e da Cresson (Centre de Reches sur l'Espace Sonore et l'Environment Urbain), che da pi di vent'anni si occupano dell'ambiente sensibile con un approccio interdisciplinare, integrando la percezione dello spazio pubblico con il contesto socio-culturale.... READ MORE...

Lights And Sounds At Sonarama 2008

The history of sound-light relationship is almost three centuries old, a complex and labyrinthine path, full of key characters and moments for the history of audiovisual art as we now know it.... READ MORE...

Tuned City: The Space Acoustic

From 1st to 5th July, the first Tuned City festival is taking place in Berlin; it is one of the most important festivals dealing with the relationship between sound and space.... READ MORE...

(Italiano) Marcos Novak: Il Futuro E’

(Italiano) Marcos Novak  conosciuto come architetto, musicista, artista digitale, ma prima di tutto questo, Marcus Novak  un poeta visionario. é una di quelle menti eccezionali in grado di confezionare mondi alternativi, in grado di spostare, sfidando il paradosso, i limiti della percezione abituale rendendo praticabile l'impossibile.... READ MORE...

Dna: Dust Eye / Dust Architecture

Architecture and technology, design and digital media: a more and more daring connection that may seem outrageous because of its hybrid and audacious nature. After the two episodes dedicated to Lab(au) and Limitezero on the last issues of DIgimag, another piece has been added to this complicated mosaic, which is still far from being completed.... READ MORE...

Performing Space

Trampoline's theme for this year is entitled "Performing Space", a research workshop looking at the transformation our understanding of space is undergoing with the ubiquity of computer technology... READ MORE...

Limiteazero, Infinite Limits

Digicult got the opportunity to interview Limiteazero at their beginnings in March 2005. That is to say long ago. At that time, Tiziana Gemin wrote a pretty complete article about Paolo Rigamonti and Silvio Mondino, the two Milanese designers and architects composing Limiteazero.... READ MORE...

Lab (au): Meta Design. Liquid Spaces And The Cities Of Tomorrow

There are people living in cities who are careful observers of the slow changes which are taking place around them. Such people are not inclined to complaining about new telecameras controlling the access to the old town centre, about the prevailing traffic and polluted air, or the advertising billboards covering the facades of the old buildings in boulevards.... READ MORE...

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Relational Architecture

Mexico, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's homeland, made its debut at the 52nd edition of the Venice Biennale with the artist's work exhibition. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is well-known for his big installations used by the most various media and for his custom-made interfaces. In other words this artist loves the active interaction of the public. Robot installations, computers, video projections, sensors, lights (and shadows) and sounds, these are the means used for the creation of works. His works are famous because all around the world they can temporarily change space perceptions and their relations with people living there. Or they can draw attention to important issues such as the continuous control we are subjected.... READ MORE...