Frozen Relic : Arctic Works by ScanLAB Projects

Frozen Relic: Arctic Works from ScanLAB on Vimeo.
"Save the Arctic, is a ground- breaking collaboration between scientists, architects and environmentalists. This summer the Greenpeace ship, The Arctic Sunrise, took a research team headed by leading scientist Peter Wadhams and London-based designers ScanLAB to remote Arctic waters in order to deepen our understanding of the threats faced by this unique and fragile region. During this expedition to the Fram Strait, northwest of Svalbard in Norway, ScanLAB were able to capture a huge amount of data, documenting a series of ice floes using millimetre-perfect 3D scanning technology, capturing a total of 26 floes in forensic detail, mapping their surfaces precisely.

The exhibition, Frozen Relic: Arctic Works, recreates this landscape in its natural material – frozen saltwater. Each piece is a digitally fabricated scale replica of the original ice floe which was 3D scanned from above and documented using underwater sonar from below. The completed digital model is used to guide a CNC machine which carves the moulds in which each replica is cast.
Visitors entering the gallery found themselves in a darkened room; the suspended ice floes glowing in an icy archipelago. Like the fragile environment they are born from, these exhibits are disappearing. Every day they completely melt into the drip trays below, being refrozen and rehung for the following day. As the installation melts, it left only the supporting structure which itself accurately represents the scientific data that remains of this captured ice floe. Left with only their forensic records, ScanLAB speculate on this disappearing landscape for which architects may only ever design theoretically."

more scarily good work over at Scanlabs


Relevant Precedents | Photographic Pots Studio Shikai

“PhotoGraphy” project is the creation of a process in which the environment, time and light react to each other and generate images on three-dimensional objects. The 1st series is about coating objects with a “light-sensitive” layer, put in a black box with strategically placed pinholes, and exposed for 5 to 50 minutes depending on the brightness of the environment. It is a new way to capture a moment in time, no matter whether the image on the object is focused or losing focus – the object will carry the trace of its first moments of experience, its first exposure." More information on this and other exciting projects at Studio Shikai


Negative Form 1987 Horst Hoheisel

The Original Aschrottbrunnen Fountain 1908, destroyed 1939

Hoheisels drawing demonstrating the concept of inversion

Hoheisels Negative Form 1987, Kassel Germany. Photo from Amywurst.blogspot.co.uk


Seven Deadly Glasses by Kacper Hamilton

This reference was given by Tomas Klassnik, who I will be working with this year on the DRS05 'Chain Reactions' project for the BA Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Art. Another finely crafted and beautifully presented example of speculative design practice.

Solar Laser Sinter by Markus Kayser

This ingenious device was designed by Markus Kayser and was featured in the Design Museums designs of the Year show 2012. It uses the power of the desert sun to power a 3D Printer which uses the sand from the desert as material. More about this and his other projects here

Chapel of Reconciliation (Kapelle der Versoehnung) Berlin

An excellent example of critical practice through material selection and application, this Chapel in Berlin is special, as part of the material used in is Construction comes from the earth on which it stands (which used to be the no-mans land between the East and the West of the city). Mixed into this is the crushed stone remains of the Chapel which stood on the site previously. More info here. This image of the Chapel was taken by (and is copyright of) Christian Jungeblodt.

IN HOUSE: Kitchen as Workshop by David Steiner

David Steiner who graduated from the Design Products course at the RCA has used his Kitchen as a workshop to produce all the elements needed to lay on a meal, check out the film on Vimeo here. Other projects on his site here.

The work of Allan Wexler

Allan Wexler makes amazing stuff. He is a trained Architect who makes provocative Design Work which works across contexts and fileds of practice. A excellent advert for 'thinking as making'. I found out about him through reading Aaron Betsky's Paper called 'Furnishing the Primitive Hut'. The paper is available on Wexlers site here.

Max Lamb: Pewter Stool

I have loved this project from a while back when I saw it at the Design Museum. The making Process is ingenious - a clever use of the beach sand as part of the casting process.


Alice Santoro - Audible Dress

Alice Santoro's cool dress made from audio tape - it can be heard using a customised Sony Walkman/ glove device

Thomas Raschke

I have been interested in 3d drawing techniques since my foundation course (a very long time ago). I am also interested in where the languages of the digital and the real meet and merge. I first saw work by this artist in the tactile book a few years back but it still looks fresh and is beautifully made.  Making wireframe objects real is clearly becoming popular. See more work by Thomas Raschke here



3DESTRUCT v2 from ANTIVJ is a visual label on Vimeo.

Second version of impressive immersive light and sound visuals from AntiVJ. Thanks to Elyne for originally getting me into this. They also made this beautiful bit of projection mapping.

St Gervais from ANTIVJ is a visual label on Vimeo.


Gabor Ekes | SKYFALL

Found out recently that an ex-Motion Graphics student of mine, Gabor Ekes worked on the CGI for the James Bond Skyfall movie, here's his recent reel. His website is here

reel '12 from gabor ekes on Vimeo.


Parallax is a first-person puzzle platformer from Toasty with overlapping spatial dimensions. Weave back and forth between black and white as you try to be in the right place, in the right dimension, at the right time. These levels will make you wonder about the nature of space, or simply leave you baffled.
If you like it enough to want to play it  - go here and vote for it on Steam

Jan Dibbets

Have yet to see this work in the flesh but from a quick google search, these look amazing. 
Original images are from exporevue.

Jonas Dahlberg

I first came across Jonas Dalbergs work at the ZKM alt the CTRL/SPACE exhibition a few years back. I saw him talk at the AA recently. Super nice guy and excellent work. The image above appears to be a shot of the model used to make an early piece called Vertical Sliding (2001). I found it here.

Mobile blogger app test

A post to test the blogger app on my iPhone.


Film as Measure: exhibition and symposium

I was really pleased to be part of this show with my colleagues at Chelsea. The symposium was excellent with some very inspiring work and ideas. Here are some images from my work, Apparition 01 (screens) and 02 (lines). The work seeks to define the form of the projector beam, activating the space between projector and wall