Dear Data is a year-long, analog data drawing project by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, two award-winning information designers living on different sides of the Atlantic.
By collecting and hand drawing their personal data and sending it to each other in the form of postcards, they became friends.
"Each week, and for a year, we collected and measured a particular type of data about our lives, used this data to make a drawing on a postcard-sized sheet of paper, and then dropped the postcard in an English “postbox” (Stefanie) or an American “mailbox” (Giorgia)!"
Eventually, the postcard arrived at the other person’s address with all the scuff marks of its journey over the ocean: a type of “slow data” transmission.
If you want to join in on a drawing your data project, visit here:
"From grotesque to the wonderful, these digital artists examine how the body and self are transformed, manipulated, reinvented and reshaped to create a new ‘self’, to reshape our human connection – ....We have become engineers of our own humanity. Through intervention we are seeing the imbalance of ‘truth’ in the definition of what we are."
I was particularly interested in Patrick Tresset's installation : 'HUMAN STUDY #1, RNP' where human sitters are drawn by a robot.
"In this installation the human visitor is sketched by a robot, in a scene reminiscent of a life drawing class. When the sitter arrives by appointment, they are seated in a chair as an assistant attaches a sheet of paper onto the robots’ desks and wakes the robot up.
The robot, a minimal stylised shape of an artist, is only capable of drawing obsessively. Its body is an old school desk onto which a sheet of paper is placed. A mechanical left arm, bolted on to the table, holds a black Bic biro. Its eye is a camera which focuses alternately on the sitter and the drawing in progress. Over time the completed drawings cover the gallery’s walls."
"Patrick Tresset is a Brussels based artist who develops theatrical installations with robotic agents as actors. Tresset’s installations use computational systems that aim to introduce artistic, expressive and obsessive aspects to robots’ behaviour. These systems are influenced by research into human behaviour, more specifically how humans make marks, depict other humans, how we perceive artworks and relate to robots." source Patrick Tresset Biography from artist's website
My mother's training in graphics and packaging meant that items of design would appear in our home from time to time. This plastic lampshade arrived with us in the 1970s - flat packed and in bits. It was trickier to construct than any Ikea equivalent. We were encouraged to help out in its manufacture, seeing it as a game. Consequently I never really registered this item as a valid design object until recently.
One fine evening.....a jet trail directly overhead, illuminated pink by the sinking sun. It was remarkable to see this pink line dominating the sky centre stage, and to see it float diagonally rightward, and in a short time, fade to blue and bluer...then nothing.
My own surface pattern deign beginnings meant it was a treat to chat to Ann about her years as head of studio at Liberty London, and to Bill about devoré print techniques...and all manner of non-related things.