Kram & Weisshaar’s ROBOCHOP Brings DIY into the Digital Age

This week at CeBIT, the world’s largest computer expo, design innovators Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar unveiled their latest project, ROBOCHOP. The large scale interactive installation consists of a slicing, dicing bright orange robot which takes its orders from a custom-designed software controlled by users from around the world. By visiting the Robochop website, the user…
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SAMSUNG Über Alles: Artist SIMON DENNY Exhibits the Electronic Company’s Climb to Global Dominance

Simon Denny’s current exhibition New Management at Frankfurt’s Portikus explores a pivotal occasion in the history of the South Korean multinational Samsung. The 1993 “Frankfurt Declaration” was a three-day conference in a Frankfurt hotel by Samsung’s Chairman Lee Kun-hee for dozens of his top executives and shareholders. During the event, Kun-hee outlined a new management philosophy, which …
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MICHEL SERRES

MICHEL SERRES is a French philosopher who specializes in the history of science and whose work attempts to reclaim the art of thinking the unthinkable. Born in 1930 in Lot-et-Garonne, Serres is a member immortel of L’Académie française and has been a professor at Stanford University, in the heart of Silicon Valley, since 1984. He’s authored more than 60 volumes that range in topics from …
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NEW INC Adopts and Subverts Startup Culture with Art

NEW INC is the first museum-led technology incubator. Conceived by the New Museum and housed in its neighboring building on the Bowery in New York City, it will offer office space and professional development programs that focus on the intersections—and disruptions—between art, design, and technology. 032c corresponded with NEW INC’s director, JULIA KAGANSKIY, about the project.
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“My Display Is Bigger Than Yours”: Designers KRAM/WEISSHAAR Take Big Data and Make it Bigger

CLEMENS WEISSHAAR is a German designer, who, alongside partner REED KRAM, recently engineered an 11m high x 260m wide floor-to-ceiling terapixel graphic for this year’s CeBIT, the world’s largest and most international computer expo.  This year’s theme, big data, is made manifest in the massive graphic membrane. With their installation, the designers imagine systems beyond…
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Auf Wiedersehen, Vertical Video

The habit of recording video with an upright mobile phone—in portrait mode—has become an affliction. Cinema has always been produced horizontally. TVs and computer screens have horizontal ratios. Our eyes are oriented horizontally. Watching tall, skinny videos with side black bars is like going into the most boring k-hole imaginable. Neither our media nor our…
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Artist YNGVE HOLEN Could Be Our Travel Agent

Berlin-based artist Yngve Holen opens his exhibition Original Spare Part at Stuart Shave / Modern Art in London. Holen’s work explores how industrial technologies—including those of commercial aviation, 3D printing, consumer appliances, and food production—impact daily life. Combining sculpture with various imaging techniques, the artist raises questions about replaceability, the consumer …
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Lapka BAM: How a Breathalyzer Will Become Your New Fashion Accessory

LAPKA BAM is a luxury breathalyzer that syncs wirelessly with your iPhone or Android. Made of diamond-ground black ceramic, the device is a perfectly smooth black cylinder, small enough to disappear in a closed fist when you hold it to take a reading. Blow through the device, and you activate a police-grade electrochemical fuel sensor…
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SINGULARITY IS PLURAL: The Optimism of BJARKE INGELS and RAY KURZWEIL

RAY KURZWEIL is an American scientist, health guru and futurologist. BJARKE INGELS is a precocious Danish architect. Frustrated with the timid and backward-facing spirit of contemporary architecture and urbanism, Ingels turns outside of his own field for hints of what the future – as it is being built today – might look like. Nobody offered a vision as simultaneously daring, methodical and …
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