menu

(Event) Bits 'n Pieces: A Dialogue Between the Analog and Digital Worlds

(Event) Bits 'n Pieces: A Dialogue Between the Analog and Digital Worlds
culture

Bits ‘n Pieces is a traveling exhibition of work by international designers, architects, computer scientists, and material and technology researchers. It will showcase projects still in their development stage, as well as furniture, architecture, jewelry, graphic design and products that anticipate the next phase of the digital revolution, focusing on how society is imbued with, shaped by and shapes technology.

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 6 november 2009

Described as “a dialogue between the analog world and digital technologies within design in a post-digital era, Bits ‘n Pieces is a traveling exhibition of work by international designers, architects, computer scientists, and material and technology researchers.”  The collection is intended as an open dialogue on design in a post-digital world, and showcases tangible examples of how technology and design can work together to develop products that are warm, engaging and ultimately human.

We had an opportunity to attend the opening night at Material Connexion – a global materials consultancy built on the belief that Every Idea Has A Material Solution TM - located in the Gramercy section of NYC. We have collected some of the highlights from the exhibit below.

The Knitted Vase by Ilona Huvenaars and Willem Derks is designed as the ideal base for a bouquet of any size, it expands and contracts depending on the amount of flowers it holds – from a single rose or a dozen tulips.

Conversation Bits is a project by four students at the Fontys University for Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, Netherlands that combines traditional pen and paper with a dynamic table top. As visitors write down notes about the exhibits, the table’s surface simultaneously tracks and stores these analog scribbles, converting them to digital comments that automatically appear under the corresponding project on the Bits ‘n Pieces website. Conversation Bits was one  clearest (and most interactive) embodiments of how our physical and virtual worlds can merge.

Utanalog by Unfold strives to return the teapot to its roots as a humble piece of functional dish ware, while paying tribute to the Utah teapot’s status as an icon of the digital world. Next to the Utanalog, Unfold also presents an animation about the history of the Utah teapot.

The Utah teapot is a 3D model created in 1975 by Martin Newell and is the first complex 3d model ever created on a computer. It is a simple, round, partially concave mathematical model of an ordinary teapot. Since then, it has become a standard reference object in the computer graphics community and made several appearances as an in-joke in computer animated films like Toy Story or an episode of the Simpsons.

The work currently showcased is in various stages of development – some is purely conceptual or in pre-production, while other examples like furniture, jewelry, and graphic design are are already being produced. The collection will be on display at Material Connexion in NYC through December 4th, 2009, and is part of an evolving global tour that responds to feedback received at each location.

culture
Trending

How Indiegogo Is Becoming An Adult Product Destination

Retail
Home september 23, 2016

Watch This Fire Pit Dance Along To Your Favorite Song

Music City Fire is a system that is designed to flicker in time to ambient music

Automotive september 23, 2016

Slick GPS Navigator Gives Directions To Moped Riders

This small, round device attaches to a sideview mirror to display maps for safer traveling

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Home september 23, 2016

A Clock That Beautifully Manages Your Information Overload

The wall-mounted timekeeper is made to help people maintain focus and stay up to date with their appointments

Arts & Culture september 23, 2016

Performance Piece Blends Dancers Into Folds Of Light

The work provides commentary on the increasing connection between programmed and analog dimensions

Design & Architecture september 23, 2016

Design Firm Adapts Childhood Homes For Unemployed Young Adults

The studio has unveiled three prototypes of transformed living spaces for people forced to move back in with their families

Health september 23, 2016

These Chocolate Squares Claim To Reverse The Aging Process

A group of researchers from Cambridge University have developed a candy bar that promises to give you a youthful glow

Cities september 23, 2016

Food-Producing Architecture Competition Seeks To Better Feed Cities

A design challenge in Copenhagen highlights the need and beauty of urban farming

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed september 21, 2016

Creative Agency Founder: Using VR As A Race Relationship Tool

Maurice Bernstein, CEO and Founder of Giant Step, explores the value in transforming headsets from high-tech entertainment tools into empathy machines

PSFK Labs september 22, 2016

The Future Of Work: Why Innovation Is Every Employee’s Job

PSFK Labs sits down with management at Johnson & Johnson to learn how the company comes up with their next ‘big idea’

Health september 23, 2016

Wearable Monitors Sun Exposure To Prevent Sunburn

The clip monitors UV rays to make sure you're not receiving too much sunlight

Op-Ed september 23, 2016

Productivity Expert: The Magic Of The Five-Hour Workday

Stephan Aarstol, Founder of Tower Paddle Boards, explains why the modern notion of office hours needs to evolve

Culture september 23, 2016

This Exhibition’s Crowning Jewel Is An 18k Gold-Plated Toilet

The piece, titled 'America,' is meant to raise questions about the country's wealth inequality

Culture september 23, 2016

Match Up With Dates On Tinder Based On Your Music Preferences

A new partnership with Spotify lets people pair up based on shared tastes in artists

Entertainment september 23, 2016

Capture, Cut Up, And Configure Your World In 360 Degrees

To meet a booming 360 and VR video-capturing industry, a multimedia software company bolstered its media editing suite for 360-video creation

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Advertising september 23, 2016

These Trucks Drove Around In Circles For 24 Hours To Keep Time

The giant ticking clock was created by 14 Scania vehicles in a deserted airfield

Advertising september 23, 2016

Buy Movie Tickets Directly From Your Facebook Profile

The new feature is part of a campaign from Fandango to further imbed social media into the ticket vendor's digital presence

Asia september 23, 2016

Co-Working Space Brings The Calming Atmosphere Of Nature Indoors

An architectural firm in China has designed a new type of shared office that prioritizes the natural environment

No search results found.