We can discuss a lot about the quality of art, but we don’t have to. When surfing around I came across this rather funny kiosk which checks the quality of your artwork. This is how it works. Just pay a small fee and insert an artwork. The machine will automatically determine the artistic value of it. Very handy for insecure art students or tired critics. I suppose the installation reflects on the question whether any formal institution can decide about the quality of art. An interesting issue in the context of current Dutch culture and art policy discussions. I have no idea when this kiosk is installed and if it is still there. I also don’t know who made it and where it comes from. But it’s a nice idea. I hope it works. At least it would save a lot of work.
In the streets of Stockholm, the official Green Capital of Europe 2010, hardware is made artware. If you’re strolling along the city, you might notice there are some 30 switchboards made in graphic artworks here and there and everywhere. Fortum, one of the local electricity companies, held a competition of transforming the grey and gloomy switchboxes…Read more →
London-based design studio Merel Karhof has created a brilliant knitting machine powered by the wind. The machine is a small home-based factory producing beautiful scarves with a special story. Karhof’s work is often inspired by heritage. The knitting wind mill is a product with a reference to the Dutch history and landscape. The windmill has a…Read more →
In case all dogs will extinguish, interaction designers Karolina Sobecka and Jim George have a solution. They’ve created Sniff, a brilliant lifelike projection of a dog in a storefront window. Sniff is able to interact with people by changing his behavior based on the state of engagement with the viewer. A computer system tracks movements…Read more →
I came across an online article about a pricewinning Finnish environmental art project called ‘Nuage Vert’. Nuage Vert makes use of laser technology to transform clouds of Helsinki’s Salmisaari power plant into beautiful green structures. Aim of this project is to illustrate the current levels of electricity consumption by the people living in the surrounding Ruoholahti district and to make them aware of their spendure.Read more →