Peep-Show

Peep-Show (photo Sandra Pointet)

For the Milan Furniture Fair 2010Head – Geneva proposed a series of media-design realisations and objects which reinterpreted the theme of the home aquarium, along with a presentation of work from the Jewelry and Fashion departments of the HEAD.

Peep Show, Fishes and Other Objects of Desire

Peep Show, Fishes and Other Objects of Desire (photo Sandra Pointet)

All the aquariums were designed by students from theInterior Architecture andMedia Design departments, and the structures were designed and built by the Interior Architecture department under the direction ofCarlo Parmigiani,Daniel Zamarbide andLéopold Banchini.

Scolu - Prise en main du jeu par le public

Scolu - Prise en main du jeu par le public

Scolu - Prise en main du jeu par le public

Scolu - Prise en main du jeu par le public

Scolu - Transfering fish from one iPhone to another

Scolu - Transfering fish from one iPhone to another

Démonstration du projet Scolu

Démonstration du projet Scolu

From the Media Design side of the equation, I was joined byÉtienne Mineur, Daniel Sciboz and Daniel Pinkas for the artistic direction, with production assistance from Maxime Schoeni, and technical direction fromThéo Reichel andPierre Rossel. We received additional development assistance fromDavid Hodgetts, and heaps of help from theWood andMetal departments of the HEAD.

Abysses

Abysses - Public

Unfortunately I didn’t have the best camera available, so here is a fairly grainy video of the installations:

And here are some lovelier illustrations of the installations, taken by Sandra Pointet:

Versus

Versus (photo Sandra Pointet)

FreakFish

FreakFish (photo Sandra Pointet)

Habitarium

Habitarium (photo Sandra Pointet)

Abysses

Abysses (photo Sandra Pointet)

Aquascope

Aquascope (photo Sandra Pointet)

Ice Cube

Ice Cube (photo Sandra Pointet)

Still Life

Still Life (photo Sandra Pointet)

Scolu

Scolu (photo Sandra Pointet)

Dorothée Loustalot

Tie Ups Belt

Tie Ups Belt

Peep Show, Fishes - vue de la structure

Peep Show, Fishes - vue de la structure

For more information on the three projects developed in part, or in full, by Media Design, you can follow the Master Design production blog where you will find some beautiful schematics on how to build a mobile aquarium, source code for converting iPhones into fudicials on hypersurfaces, PCB diagrams, video documentation of experiments with audio interfaces, as well as a good helping of photos/videos of the making-of.

Full Moon - Schematic

Full Moon - Schematic

You can also follow the sub-sections of each project for more information on the technical, conceptual, and design process of each project: Abysses, Scolu, Still Life.

PCB - Etching

PCB - Etching

Abysses - cablage

Abysses - cablage

Scolu - Debugging session

Scolu - Debugging session

Scolu - Debugging session

Scolu - Debugging session

If you are in Geneva in the next week or so (5-7 May 2010), you will be able to see two of these projects, Still Life and Scolu, as they will be exhibited at Mode:Demo, an exhibition curated by Jean-Louis Boissier and the Media Design department for the upcoming Lift Conference 2010 « Connected People ».

Peep Show flyer

Peep Show flyer (photo Sandra Pointet)

Also — and I’ll blog again about this in a few days — we’re searching for the next round of students looking to innovate in the field of Media Design. If you’re interested you’ll have to act quick; the application deadline is May 14th. For more information: http://head.hesge.ch/made/media-design/2010/03/26/admission-2010/

P.S. This should be the first of several cross-posts between the abstractmachine blog and the Media Design master which has been taking up so much of my time recently. I hope this also somewhat explains the long silence which has caused me many a Twitter Qwittering over the past two months. Ho hum. Unfortunately, some of us are just too damn busy to blog.