Usman Haque at ars electronica 2011

usman haque, founder of pachube, architect, influential interaction designer, media artist AND(!) businessman gave a brilliant presentation at the architekturforum oberoesterreich today (part of ars electronica festival in linz, austria).

i met usman haque for the first time in 2010 in san sebastian, spain where he was in a show with etoy: sillicon dreams. he presented natural fuse. i was not 100% convinced back then...  even one of our TAMATAR was very much attracted to usmans plants: TAMATAR NO 8 left our installation (that had a +200m2 space) just to hang out with natural fuse! 

after his show today i have to say: this guy is an excellent example for design on the highest level: intelligent, networked (technically and on a cultural base) to the maximum extent, cool, stylish, critical and very much aware of what he is doing. but more than that: he is a geek who can perfectly communicate his passion for complexity. he SUPER SERIOUSLY considers his audience, failures and challenges in our filed. in his work and research INTERACTION DESIGN is more than another tag. wow. i'm impressed. 

after usmans presentation i know better than ever before why i had to leave ecal (university of art and design in lausanne) even i had a super good position (official professor and head of unit of interaction design) in one of the most respected design schools of the world (shows at moma ny, design museum london etc): ecal's understanding of design is funny, funky, trendy and easy to love -> yes... the ecal-quality-level is very high (things are very well done = respect! many universities can learn a lot from this small school), ecal products are super aggressively promoted (which is embarrassing if you have a sense for the limits) and the system is based on a hardcore hierarchy (none, not even the dictator would disagree: it's a dictatorship ... that burns and terrifies people every day). and this is all reflected in its understanding of design: it rejects the complexity of our times. it rejects interaction, openness, tolerance, sharing (everybody was paranoid about stealing ideas)...

the things usman was talking about today are exactly the opposite. and that's the future of smart design. otherwise we will all go down the drain. and it will not even be fun.

i'm 100% sure usman is on the right way! -> strong buy!

FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE IN LINZ: tomorrow the Sensing Place / Placing Sense – Symposium will start at 10AM. featuring two of my media culture heros: Joi Ito (former ceo of creative commons and the new director of MIT media lab who will present and Natalie Jeremijenko.


Digital Materiality In Architecture

Fabio Gramazio (etoy.GRAMAZIO, president of the etoy.VENTURE-ASSOCIATION) together with his partner Matthias Kohler are authors of a promising book entitled `Digital Materiality In Architecture`, whose release got announced today.

Digital Materiality in Architecture describes the Synthesis of digital and physical processes for architectural design and manufacturing. Selected projects from Gramazio & Kohler and their departement for digital manufacturing at ETH Zurich are illustrating the impact of digitally augmented materials to the development processes within the culture of architectural design and consequential shapes.

Dates of the official presentations are as follows:

30. Oktober 2008
Hochparterre Buchladen
Gasometerstrasse 28, 8005 Zurich
19 Uhr
20. November 2008
Storefront Gallery
97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012
18.30 Uhr


stanislav lem

the best new years gift of 2008 i got from miss monorom:
"der futurologische kongress" by stanislav lem.


the short story is so brilliant and soooo mind blowing that i don't understand at all why nobody INVITED or FORCED me to read this book before (monorom is not the typical book worm...hehehe). what the hell did we do in school??? for more than 13 years i was "told" to consume a lot of questionable material. i went there more than 3000 days of my life to read and learn... but they never mentioned mr. lem. why?

if i consider all the irrelevant details (if not cultural crap) that we had to take care of while the most brilliant mind food was produced and distributed at the same time! i should sue the swiss government for not introducing me to this author. this is the biggest scandal of my entire education.

did they seriously wonder that i was "unmotivated"? or was it all part of a bigger plan?

this feels like TRUBELIN!

the good thing is that now it's all new and fresh for me!

wow stanislav: even a TERMINUS you created... -> a robot that reactivates the dead.
amaaaazing. amaaaazing. amaaaazing. too bad this guy died in 2006. otherwise i would leave rightnow for krakow and encapsulate him tonight.

monorom: you are my best teacher! i'm so glad i met you back in 1982 when i was nine years old ... and that you still teach me the stuff that matters.
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todd blair

todd blair, crew member of legendary robotic art crew SRL and one of the producers at isea 2006 got involved in a serious forklift accident in amsterdam after an SRL show.

send energy and $ via paypal if you can. outstanding artists like todd depend on our solidarity and deserve deep respect for their unique work. etoy will never forget the support we got from the experimental art and tech scene in the bay area during dramatic moments in our history. together we will format art.

please stay tuned todd!

Eternity, A different approach

Czech artists seem to have a rather different approach to eternity then the etoy.CORPORATION. This is visible in the work of František Rint, who was commissioned by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bones of 40000 humans in order. It redefines the term "bone house".
The Sedlec Ossuary is a small christian chapel located in a suburb of Kutnà Hora, Czech Republic. The bones of those sceletons are artistically arranged to form the chapel.
Wikipedia has an interesting article here.
More information, including images and a virtual tour, can be found at the official site in Czech, English and German.

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exonemo - The Road Movie

Our friends from exonemo won the "goldene Nica" in the category Net Vision for their Road Movie project.


The Road Movie: A mobile installation system is on the move at Moblab, which was an art project
that German and Japanese artists travel Japan by bus.

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new outlet

starting on December 7 untill Christmas, BOUTIQUE - Art for the masses invites investors to shop for art online and in their exhibition space in Zurich.

etoy.SHARE-CERTIFICATES available - invest today!


TAOCP coming to zurich

Donald E. Knuth, programming pope, author of TEX and of the highly celebrated but rarely read (since very mathematical) TAOCP (The Art Of Computer Programming) will be giving a lecture on the 22nd on the occasion of the ETH's 150th anniversary celebration. At the University, ironically. I might go, if someone joins.

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