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Juxtaposing Dynamic Forms

Below are images from Dale Chihuly’s Gardens and Glass installed at botanical gardens all over the world. Perfect juxtapositions of beautifully crafted objects, once fluid and rapidly changing, now fixed in time. Purposefully and collaboratively placed in similar backgrounds. The living objects continue to slowly change and grow in ways that are impossible to observe in a single visit. The now-fixed and eternally-changing are simply together, enhancing each other’s beauty, creating a place.

What can designers of modern, fluid, information patterns learn from this stunning collaboration between botany and art? How can cleaning your data and preparing records for deep, widely distributed archiving feel more like working in your garden? If dynamic growing data collections could be shown, and tended to, in forms that were able to be made more beautiful over time…what do newly fixed data structures look and act like in context of slowly changing knowledge domains forming beautifully tended backgrounds?

To really see, be surrounded by, experience and wonder for yourself, please go to the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh PA before November 11, 2007 – where juxtaposing dynamic forms is made real.


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London Calling


If a Spectrum of information could be laid out and given to a group of film makers with the task of filling in every blank and representing every possible option to capture the place of London, how would they show ~ the Clash, “Mind the Gap” underground announcements and refrigerator magnets, William Wallace in all four corners, Austin Powers, the original Elizabeth, Big Ben, precisely tailored suits, a Fish Called Wanda, and then tell all the millions of stories from this place that a viewer that knows nothing of London could understand?

How could the compelling way a documentary like this was made serve as a metaphor to create new places for modern subjects like nanotechnology or net art that are not yet as old and groovy as London makes itself? What can people be enticed by to make these new undefined and barely documented places to want to come see for themselves what different semantic places are really like?

What kinds of pictures would people take to remember their visit?

How would these images be classified on Flickr? How could they be explained using words on Wikipedia? Trackbacks? What initial content could be supported by local art and research organizations? Which global organizations are most interested in the biggest picture? What lessons could be learned from the Project for Public Spaces and 1% for Art?