HEYHEYHEY’s portable postcard machine brings you patiently crafted nostalgia whenever, wherever

Posted by Ian on May 2, 2012 in blog

A wonderfully fine example of a portable nostalgia machine. Dutch design masters HEYHEYHEY have done it again, inventing amazing things to help us encounter and enjoy the world around us. Check out this and other of their wonderfully inspiring projects here: http://www.heyheyhey.nl/ —— Early 2012, HEYHEYHEY had some time to spare and they felt the need […]

Upside Down, Left to Right

Posted by Ian on Feb 6, 2012 in blog

A short (but inspirational) film about letterpress and one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK, situated at Plymouth University, featuring Paul Collier.

Nostalgia Machines

Posted by Ian on Nov 19, 2011 in blog, news

The David Winton Bell Gallery will present Nostalgia Machines from Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 through Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Exploring the intersection of nostalgia and technology in contemporary sculpture, the exhibition, curated by Maya Allison, features artists Meridith Pingree, Jasper Rigole, Jonathan Schipper, Gregory Witt, and Zimoun. An opening-night colloquium will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at […]

Revisioning Heritage: The Prague Astronomical Clock by The Macula

Posted by Ian on Nov 15, 2010 in blog | No Comments

We’ve been enjoying the spectacle of video-mapping for the last few years, with companies such as Nuformer have wowing us with stunning projections giving new life to old facades. On 9 October 2010, the past took a big step into the future (or perhaps just the present). Prague-based, The Macula performed an epic video-mapping spectacular […]

Futurology & Trending

Posted by Ian on Apr 8, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Just a brief note that we were not able to cover in class today about the types of consultancies that are already operating as futurologists and future planners for culture and heritage. The best known is the guru consultant Faith Popcorn (Faith Plotkin) (http://www.faithpopcorn.com/) and her consultancy BrainReserve. They claim 95% accuracy for future trending […]

Jack Von Slatt & Steampunk

Posted by Ian on Apr 8, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Note the discussion of the relationship between ‘making’ and community at the end of this video segment. This resonates with issues of the connection between heritage/nostalgia and social cohesion/resilience. It also embraces the fundamentally creative/constructive aspect of heritage as tekhne and post-linear/heterochronic temporalities.

Replicating Newgrange’s Lightbox

Posted by Ian on Mar 11, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Here is an interesting project (The Lightbox Project) that was undertaken by students in Ireland last year at Newgrange. Engaging with the constructed quality of the heritage on site, they constructed a replica chamber to attempt to create a new light box aligned with the sun on the Winter Solstice the same way the original […]

Nation branding: The case of Kosovo

Posted by Ian on Feb 18, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Here are some videos relating to the nation branding campaigns of Kosovo. Note the employment of emotional branding techniques in the second video of the conetmporary advertising commercial by Saatchi & Saatchi.

The ‘racist’ webcam: Anthropometry, design and the myth of objective science

Posted by Ian on Dec 22, 2009 in blog | No Comments

A You Tube video posted by wzamen01 on 10 December 2009 demonstrates how the new face tracking software of HP’s new webcams is unable to track a black man’s face. Admirably, the video post is made in good humour and is a positive example of effective consumer criticism, but what I am most concerned with […]

Resurfacing old facades: Nuformer’s digital media magic

Posted by Ian on Aug 26, 2009 in blog | No Comments

The custom made digital projections of NuFormer are progressively pushing the boundaries of creative layering images, identities and visuals onto the streetscapes of Europe. Previously the type of media work that would have been limited to stadium rockers and pop stars, the stunning knitting of futuristic CGI visuals into old architectural fabric both inspires and […]