I came across ZIBA a while ago but only recently when they started following me on Twitter, I really started checking out their projects/ thoughts on design. Very interesting, not to mention that they hosted IDSA 2010 conference in Portland and the CEO is Iranian. Would love to collaborate and get in touch. Very sweet and interesting people.
MIDNIGHT IN A PERFECT WORLD:
by Nguyen La Chanh
The Listening Post exhibition at the Whitney this winter is presented to the visitor as a visual and sonic response to the magnitude and immediacy of virtual communication. The multimedia installation, assembled by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, is composed of a suspended grid of more than two hundred small electronic screens. Fragments of texts are gathered in real time from thousands of unrestricted Internet chat rooms, newsgroups, bulletin boards and other public forums. Statistical analysis then organizes their messages into topic clusters based on content. Since the work displays the texts according to the frequency of randomly selected words, topics change daily and even hourly. A coordinated audio component alternates between musical passages and sections vocalizing the text. The screens capture the contributions of tens of thousands of people, and the content is varied and ever-changing. Fragments of text are displayed simultaneously in order to convey the scale of the system being observed. The dynamic nature of the forums is reflected in the patterns that emerge and mirror the rhythms of individual communication. Vocalizations may occur simultaneously , and the pitches and tones are designed to respond to the changes and patterns in the content of the messages
This past year, people walking through the pedestrian tunnel in Sandnes Sentrum, Norway,were faced with the unique opportunity to watch their shadows transform into a beautiful luminous art show. Constructed as part of the city’s European Capitol of Culture 2008 event,the Strømer, is an interactive LED display wall