Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Lighter Side of Lights


The aim: to create a series of go-together lighting solutions in some commonly used areas with easily available materials at a reasonable cost, starting with the austere, minimalistic Modern form-meets-function aesthetic, then screwing it all up with red power cords looking like they were drawn on by your 3 yr old nephew. Boom. The result is lighting with great personality without drastic steps in the addition of superfluous ornament. Basic functional pieces are toyed with: power cord being used as structure in truss-like tension, standard steel bases and rods used as balancing elements, table lamp being used as a crane to hoist a pendant, keeping in the family of the others.


My personal catalyst? I needed something that could be easily applied to my rental without making any changes to the way existing features hang. Thus, I get loads of visual interest without any generic stuff from the big boxes. I am cheap. My cost to put these together is low.

There are a couple RFPs out there targeting affordable lighting, but adding the widely performed social responsibility of eco-consciousness. I DO have a vested interest in cork reforming, as it can cast over and over, and is more than readily available in disposed-wine cork form. Grind it up, heat in your mold at 500deg for some time, and a beautiful, smooth, finished looking shape emerges. If you look at my past example of making liquid-organic shapes from rigid materials, you'll get an idea for what kind of molded-cork aesthetic I'd be seeking. More on that as the experiments continue.

*note: scanner works now, and it turns out it's terrible (i.e. gray patches on the left not part of my original, CLEAN sketch).

Monday, November 5, 2012

On Space Time Foam: Interactive perception altering installation

Courtesy of: http://www.hangarbicocca.org
A wonderful example of cybermimetics, Tomรกs Saraceno demonstrates his ability to erase boundaries of geographical, physical, behavioral, and social (rough Italian translation) natures by active participation with the physical environment in a perception altering grouping of bubbles at various levels. The installation instructions tell to refrain from using the top level if faint of heart.

I'll have to add this to the list of works I believe would benefit from the use of projection to aid in perception of materiality and other-worldliness. Maybe even as far as changing the scenery dependent on accomplishing shapes of the surface or position within the space.

Find the Original Post here, and watch the vid for some artist-process insight.