Dr. Amnon Dekelhttp://day-dream.com/nn/device.htm
Amnon Dekel (b. 1963, Israel), is A Cyber - Artist - Psychologist - Programmer - Computer Scientist -Entrepreneur - ex - Air Traffic Controller, Amnon has been working with digital technology since 1980 (when he got his first Sinclair Z80 "computer"). Since then he has spent his time exploring the bleeding edge of User Experience Design in art (Pulse Art Gallery NYC 1995, Postmasters NYC, 1996, and at Interact 2003) and in Industry (Award of Excellence in Information Design(CommArts Magazine 1996 for the Discovery Channel Online), Design Distinction Award (IDMagazine), a Pulitzer Nomination for a Bosnia Website designed for the NY Times in 1996 and the Design Garage Award at INTETAIN 2005. Amnon currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Software Engineering at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Art and Design.
David Opp (Oppenheim)day-dream.com
David Opp (b. 1965, USA) is an artist / musician living and working in Tel-Aviv. Currently also working as artist in residency at Mamuta Art & Media center, Jerusalem. He studied graphic design,video and animation at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design,Jerusalem,and electronic music composition at Morley College,London.
In 1996 he founded Day-Dream Studios New York, where he has created commissioned web-installations as well as developing Day-Dream.com, an ongoing web project. As a musician, he has composed electronic music for interactive, dance, theatre, video & film, working under the name Mildew and as a member of the bands 3H, bARBARA, Cadaver Eyes, BALATA, the Lagan Tapes, & Lietterschpich, he has released over 10 full length albums under his label Heart & Crossbone [HCBrecords.com]
He is currantly teaching at the Bezalel Acadamy of Art & Design, Jerusalem. Wizo Collage of Art, Haifa. and Musrara School of Art, Jerusalem. His work is in permanent collections in museums and galleries such as The Museum of Modern Art San Francisco and the Museum of the Moving Image New-York.
DEVICE <---> INTERFERENCE [0.3], 2011
This new V&A commission detects speech and uses voice to text translation to generate an online search. Results are displayed on the LED screen as either word or image. These are then visually affected by information gained through capturing the cellular activity of visitors' mobile phones.
LED display, call activity receivers and custom software [TBC]Courtesy David Opp and Amnon Dekel, commissioned by the V&A with generous support from the Porter Foundation and in collaboration with Design Museum Holon.
Design Museum Website questionnaire with David OppWhen did you realize you wanted to be a designer?I haven't yet, but, when I was 19 I wanted to know how to draw & paint. How would you define your design style?Style changes, but I have an interest in broken systems, rough edges, found objects, exposing the various elements / structure / insides & at the same time symmetry & balance. What would you do if you were not a designer?A builder Where do you draw your inspiration from?Mainly from news, science and personal background.Who do you consult about works?My wife and kids. & salamanca Which of your projects do you consider a success?The ones that cause a minor disturbanceWhich of your projects do you consider a failure?The ones that turn out to be a deadendWhat is the first design work you can recall?A standing book-shelf I made for Nami's birthday in 1989 or 1990To what extent do you believe that design should be functional?Or is it still a chair even if one can not sit on it?Name a colleague you admire.I don't like the term admire, I do like the work of film-maker & musician Asi Tager.What have you learnt about design yourself?That there are always more options available.What in your opinion is the greatest design invention in recent years?The pencilWith which personality from the past would you like to have coffee?John cageWhich materials interest you most?Parts of mass-produced man-made objects.What advice would you give a designer at the start of his career or what advice would you have liked to receive at the start of your career?Do not fear!Do your best work at all times.Keep exploring. What are your future projects?An installation titled: archeological findings from the future.
Design Museum Website questionnaire with Amnon DekelWhen did you realize you wanted to be a designer?Never - I am not a designer.How would you define your design style?Retro-Technologist: I love old analog technology and try to infuse the digital world with it as much as possible.What would you do if you were not a designer?I would be a Dr. of Computer Science.Where do you draw your inspiration from?The meeting point between the history of technology, society and art.Who do you consult about works?My wife, then friends, colleagues, my students.Which of your projects do you consider a success?Machina Religina, Device N2-3Which of your projects do you consider a failure?Device N4aWhat is the first design work you can recall?My tricycle To what extent do you believe that design should be functional?AlwaysName a colleague you admire.Danny RozinWhat have you learnt about design yourself?That it is a moving targetWhat in your opinion is the greatest design invention in recent years?iPhoneWith which personality from the past would you like to have coffee?DanteWhich materials interest you most?Wood, Bakelite, ironWhat advice would you give a designer at the start of his career or what advice would you have liked to receive at the start of your career?Be Brave. Experiment.What are your future projects?Mobile Interaction with the Real World
photo: Shay Ben Efraim