Information Landscapes in 1994 (MIT Prof Muriel Cooper)

Back in 1994, Muriel Cooper, one of the co-founders of the MIT Media Lab where she taught interactive media design as the head of the Visible Language Workshop, presented her work at the TED5 conference in Monterey, CA.

Her presentation would initiate a new era of data visualization, and it changed the way designers thought of the possibilities of electronic media. (Maybe quite similar to how David Small’s dynamic renditions of text changed my way of thinking about 3D visualization). Her work was revolutionary as it pushed typography into the 3 spatial dimensions, and augmented it with dynamics, animation and interactivity. Tragically, it was just after this event that she passed away.

Since many years, David Young has carried around an old VHS tape that demonstrated this work, to show it to students as an example of Muriel’s vision and as an inspiration to push creative boundaries (or, as told in the film: “We must reexamine the current stultifying interface standards and metaphors. We must define a rich vocabulary, tools and design strategies that are applicable to any information domain and to this multidimensional world“). He has finally digitized the tape and has posted it online for all to see (see the movie below).

Note: Image above taken from the Talmud Project by David Small, and Financial Viewpoints, by Lisa Strausfeld.

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Kinetic Lights by LAb[au]

Flux Binary Waves

Flux Binary Waves

A recent kinetic LED installation named “Flux Binary Waves” by the very interesting belgian group LAb[au]. Here is a description from the project website:

fLUX, binary waves is an urban and cybernetic installation based on the measuring of infrastructural ( passengers, cars…) and communicational ( electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones, radio…) flows and their transposition into luminous, sonic and kinetic rules. This relation between the installation and the urban activity happens in real time and sets each person as an element of the installation, as a centre of the public realm.

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Kinetic light sculpture: 16ⁿ _ ƒ5³