on summer readings

As part of the competitions I plan on entering this summer, I thought I’d preface with some light reading material to rebuild some of the foundation.  They are as follows:

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on wall art

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Nobuhiro Nakanishi

This interesting post illustrates the potential of creating dynamic art using static photographs.  The artist, Nobuhiro Nakanishi, takes pictures of a landscape and laser prints it onto acrylic, as the original post points out.  The effect of movement occurs as the viewer moves past the piece, observing the subtle differences in each frame.  I found this especially interesting since I’m taking a class on image and the city, and our most recent assignment was to create a video clip using photographs.  I really like the composition of this piece, and I feel that it allows the audience to look at the pictures from different angles, a mere hemispheric perspective of a series of photographs.  In terms of future implications, this type of art can influence the way we present our drawings and how users interact with space through this medium.  We let the audience take a tour of the tour we’ve designed from them, removing some freedoms (by choosing the photographs ourselves) while they are still free to look at the slides freely.

Nobuhiro Nakanishi

Nobuhiro Nakanishi

on self-healing (products)

INHABITAT: Nissan Unveils World’s First Self-Healing iPhone Case 

I’ve always been a fan of self-healing materials.  I was first introduced to the concept in grade school when my mom had a self-healing cutting board.  I started using self-healing cutting mats once I had entered college for multiple projects, but I’ve never considered the technological applications of such innovation.  It is tremendous to read about iPhone cases, which is always the starting point of phone accessories due to it’s standardized dimensions, because it gives way to actual implementation by phone manufacturers.  For future use, I can imagine using such material for windshields, as mine has been dinged several times due to salt and ice.