Tag: plants

Comes alive


Ephemerā by Mischer’Traxler consists of an oak table and two mirrors, decorated with water jet-cut metal shapes of leaves, flowers and insects that appear and disappear depending on visitors’ proximity to the installation.

“When a visitor gets too close, all the elements hide away and become very functional again. Once you step back they become very alive and more decorative.” Thomas Traxler adds: “If you are in a forest and a deer is running by, if it detects you or if it knows you are there, it runs away and hides. We wanted to recreate that moment. If you are in a forest and a deer is running by, if it detects you or if it knows you are there, it runs away and hides. We wanted to recreate that moment.” “The species that are used on the table and on the mirror area all related to real species,” he added. “Some are extinct and some are very common plants that can be found all over the planet, while others are newly discovered species. So it’s also about the impact of humanity on nature, and the impact we have.” The leaves and insects on the table lie flat when people are nearby, but rise up as soon as they move away, powered by small embedded motors.

Text from Dezeen







Means of surviving disaster

Interesting article on designboom presenting the exhibition climate capsules: means of surviving disaster – museum für kunst und gewerbe hamburg, germany

The article – In view of the advancing climate change, the exhibition ‘climate capsules: means of surviving disaster’  poses the question: ‘how do we want to live in the future?’ and draws attention to the socio-political consequences of coexistence under new climatic conditions. in relation to the issue that politicians are hesitant to enforce strict measures for climate protection and that citizens are very sluggish about altering their habits, the change appears inevitable. the world community is accordingly confronted with the challenge of investigating various possible means of adapting to climate change. this exhibition brings together historical and current climate-related models, concepts,  strategies, experiments and utopias from the areas of design, art, architecture and urban development – pursuing not the aim of stopping climate change, but envisioning means of survival after disaster has struck. The strategies presented at the exhibition aim not to slow or stop climate change but to adapt to its expected consequences. they include protective measures against flooding and overheating as well as geo-engineering, i.e. large-scale interventions in the global climate. in the past, these technologies have been usually subjected only to critical discussion in regard to their technical feasibility. until now, their possible socio-political effects have for the most part been ignored. however, according to friedrich von borries, the curators of show, their impact on the structure of the global society can hardly be overestimated. in the endeavour to make life possible independently of outward climatic conditions, these strategies encourage spatial, social and political isolation. motivated by climate-related considerations, they could well lead to inclusion and exclusion on all levels of life, from the interpersonal to the global. they create the conditions for social segregation and global polarization.

Growing Data


Growing Data
data visualization research project
by onformative a studio for generative design

Growing Data is a research project that examines how real processes and structures can be used to create an alternative form of data visualization to traditional statistical diagrams. Formal aspects of the most diverse natural phenomena are translated into visual systems. Generative strategies in particular lend themselves to creating visual patterns and structures, while the human brain is a master at quickly interpreting such structures and assembling these into an overall picture. Both of these characteristics are used to depict data in a different way. Rather than using the same abstract forms of data visualization over and over again, the main objective hereby is to allow new images to emerge that are not committed to the precision of the data but that tell a story and provide a quick overview.

The main objective is to allow new images to emerge that are not committed to the precision of the data but that tell a story and provide a quick overview.

The project Growing Data is a part of this series and, using virtual plant growth, examines the possibilities of visualizing the air quality in various large cities. If one considers using plants or other growing life forms for this, the most obvious thing is to use the growth itself as the indicator for the changing data. Just as properties of the plants’ growth are determined by external influences, various data can control different aspects of digital growth. This data is assigned to different variables, which, for example, are responsible for life span, density and speed of growth. In order to relay information more directly and to reinforce its message, an additional information level is added in which names, words and symbols are gradually created from the growing structures.
Connected to various data interface and data bases, both the current data of various large cities and the reference values from other years can be visualized. The program is based primarily on a complex version of the “agent model” in which various agents are controlled by Brownian motion and are influenced in their movement by various variables.