Moving Forest

Some time ago I discovered a photo of a street parking with a lot of shopping carts filled with bark and a tree planted in each one, like this:

I started wondering why were those trees planted in shpping carts in the middle of  street, and I found out that it was called Moving Forest, and it was a campaing of NL architects.

A week ago or so I sent them an e-mail requesting further information about the project, but still no answer back. So, as always, I’m showing you all that I could collect from the Internet.

Is one of the projects of Urban Play, a paralell event of Experimenta Design 2008, which used to take place in Lisbon, but in 2008 it was in Amsterdam.

The idea came form an ancient children’s story which tells that there’s a forest moving around, and if people get trapped inside, they won’t be able to get out anymore. To be honest, I found this story in just one website, so it’s nothing more than a plausible theory…

The project itself consist of 100 shopping carts as described before. At the end of Experimenta Design 2008 (around November) they were all given away to anyone who wanted them. NL architect Yamamoto planned the expermient as an obstacle in the street way, forcing people to interact with it. The trees belong to different species: Acer, Red Prunus, Green Prunus, Gleditsia, …

I picked the main info from the following websites (thanks all of them!)

Dezeen

Brendavl

Copijn

P.S.: In the event of an answer from NL architects I’ll let you know

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Orquesta de agua y demás instrumentos curiosos

Después de un forzoso periodo de inactividad estamos aquí de nuevo!

Voy a presentaros una orquesta un tanto especial y unos cuantos instrumentos muy curiosos. Se trata de una orquesta formada íntegramente por instrumentos que utilizan el agua en sus distintos estados gaseosos, más exactamente de un “pagophone”, un “hydraulophone”, “idratmosphone” y “plasmaphone”. 

Vamos uno por uno:

* Pagophone: Es un instrumento de percusión parecido a una marimba pero sus láminas son de hielo en vez de madera. Dada la poca capacidad de vibración del hielo con respecto de otros materiales, es necesario amplificar el sonido, habitualmente de manera electrónica. La construcción  es totalmente artesanal.

* Hydraulophone: La esencia de este instrumento es la misma que la de un órgano de tubos. Cuando un flujo de agua es interrumpido y desviado se puede hacer que produzca sonido. La invención y patente es de Steve Mann. El funcionamiento es sencillo, pero en los vídeos disponibles, al estar oculto el mecanismo, cuesta comprender exactamente cómo funciona. A tal efecto os pongo un vídeo con la explicación:

* Idratomosphone (callioflute): La consola para la persona que lo esté tocando es igual al del hydraulophone, y cuando ésta desvia un chorro de agua al tapar un agujero, se fuerza al agua hacia una resistencia que la transforma en vapor, el cual acciona un mecanismo de sonido.

* Plasmaphone: Como indica el nombre se produce el sonido con plasma, pero al haber sido utilizado en contadas ocasiones en público no he podido encontrar apenas información sobre este curioso instrumento. Se compone de varios tubos resonantes de los que cuelgan unas bandejas de plástico con agua en su interior. El sonido se produce mediante una descarga de plasma (un pequeño rayo) en el contenedor de agua. A partir de aquí se supone que se produce sonido, amplificado por los tubos.

Hasta aquí la orquesta de agua, pero aún me falta de mostraros unos cuantos instrumentos que he ido encontrando en la búsqueda de información sobre tan interesante orquesta. Os dejo los enlaces si tenéis curiosidad:

*Reactable

*Hang

*Eigenharp

*Nyckelharpa

*Harpejji

*Guitarra táctil

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Actualización 17/03/2012

*Array Mbira

*Harp Guitar

Aakash Nihalani

Hi there!

First of all, I think it’s time to post in Enlgish, so here we go. This fourth post it’s not about technology or conspirative theories. I want to show you an interesting way of street art and its creator.

I want you to know Aakash Nihalani. He’s a New York street artist and he’s been covering this city with tape since 2007. His most recurrent shapes are squared 3D illusion cubes, to highlight hidden lines and corners in the street. As he says:

Aakash Nihalani
My street art consist mostly of isometric rectangles and squares. I selectively place these graphics around New York to highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city itself.

The the few interviews I could read didn’t mention the birth place of Aakash Nihalani (whichis, by the way, seems to be his real name) and other biographical information. However we know other things about him. He started whith the tape work almost by instinct:

 I was part of a student exhibition at NYU where I displayed

a set of silkscreen studies involving the cube. I used painter’s tape to hang the prints on a wall and noticed that the shadow of a pedestal matched the shape in my prints.

Instinctively, I outlined an isometric rectangle in the shadow. There were a few more trials inside before it became obvious that I had to take it outside.

He’s known mainly by his works with tape, but he’s also sculptor and painter. Some of his works are availabe at Charmichel Gallery.

Aakash NihalaniThe goal of the use of fluorescent tape is to increase the contrast with the “muted colours of the city landscape” and make us glance that places that deserve a second look; and as tape is easily removable so cops and street workers don’t complain too much.         Personally, I think he’s been very clever about using tape and not graffiti or other permanent paintings, because like this he can’t be put in the group of vandalists (graffiters, looters, public light smashers, dumpster burners, …)

But it’s not all about highlighting special places. His philosophy goes beyond that. He thinks there isn’t such a formula for live, as modern life wants to apply it to us; that we’re all “fed up with ideas of how life is suposed to be”. We have to find our own way to feel alive and fascinated, and follow it…                                                                                              Aakash Nihalani expresses this thought through his street tape works, making some light   in the grey city, attracting people’s attention to break their monotone lives.

This is a short vision of a very interesting person and great artist. I’m sure he’ll have a brilliant career.

P.S.: If I made some serious ortographical or grammatical mistake I beg you forgive me, just tell me and I’ll correct it. Thank you