The exhibition Decode - Digital Design Sensations explores three themes.
Code presents pieces that use computer code to create new designs in the same way a sculptor works with materials such as clay or wood. This section looks at how code can be programmed to create constantly fluid and ever changing objects. On display is a piece from Daniel Brown's On Growth and Form series where advanced mathematics is used to generate organic depictions of imaginary plants that continuously grow, producing new buds, blossoms and stalks. As soft, organic digital images, these generative flowers will continue to develop and grow over the course of theexhibition.
The second theme, Interactivity, looks at designs that are directly influenced by the viewer. Visitors will be invited to interact with and contribute to the development of the works, many of which show designers playing with the boundaries of design and performance. Snow Mirror by Daniel Rozin is aresponsive sculpture investigating the interplay between technology, nature and time. Snowflakes fall and settle on the silhouette creating a portrait of the viewer. The Cubes project by The Interaction Lab, an addition for the exhibition at the Design Museum Holon, deals with the basic idea inherent to interaction: that of action and reaction. The 20 cubes respond to stimuli from the viewer such as presence, light, motion and distance. In response the cubes expand, show movement patterns, emit soap bubbles, become illuminated and more.
The final theme, Network, focuses on works that comment on and utilise the digital traces left behind by everyday communications, from blogs in social media communities to mobile communications or satellite tracked GPS systems. This section explores how advanced technologies and the internet have enabled new types of social interaction and media for self expression. Designers reinterpretthis information to create works that translate data into striking forms. These range from live, real-time visualisations of Flight Patterns by Aaron Koblin to a data mining project by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar. Their project We Feel Fine extracts comments by bloggers from all over the world on how they are feeling and represents the information as colourful, floating spheres. Users can filter the information by selecting an emotion as well as bloggers' gender, age and the city and weather conditions where he or she is based to reveal anonymous, often highly personal, statements about modern life today.
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