In parallel to its “Media Facades” event held on March 27, 2009, swissnex presented three of Muriel Waldvogel’sand Jeffrey Huang’s Newscocoons, room-compatible media art pieces of inflatable “media furniture” that mirrored the topics discussed in a subtle but powerful manner.
The showing of the Newscocoons at swissnex is now extended until April 20, 2009 – the works can be admired during our opening hours (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm). Walk-ins are welcome, contacting us in advance to ensure you get good viewing conditions is even better.
Muriel Waldvogel and Jeffrey Huang: Newscocoons
March 30 to April 20, 2009
swissnex San Francisco opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm
Walk-ins welcome. Appointments recommended at 415-912-5901×109.
The Newscocoons are a set of pulsating media sculptures that display news- user-generated stories, videoclips, pictures, blogs – fed from geographically dispersed sources. The cocoons glow and breathe slowly. Each cocoons tracks specific keywords and embodies a single theme, such as alienation, chaos, body and emotions. The global shape of the Newcocoons is constantly in lfux, emerging from the particular constellation and intensity of the information flow poured forth by the various sources used.
From timid to overpowering, the Newscocoons may appear to be a threat to the body when overblown with information, or a soft companion to our everyday life when receding to more amicable forms.
News happen everywhere, inundating our daily lives – we suscribe, and news feed us. The Newscocoons are a tangible expression of news consumption, their inflatable, translucent textile skins tangibly articulating the energy of the flow. The tension, pulses and folding sounds they generate as they are fed information radiates an uneasy sensuality.
As a magnet for news with specific themes and bias, the cocoons become independent, self-sorted newsworlds, which bear the danger of creatign extreme polarizations of one specific opinion group’s views and opinions. The Newscocoons also visibly and audibly epxress how much memory they are accumulating – gaining a sense of physicality, weight and volume as they come close to apparent rupture.
Previously exhibited in Beijing’s NAMOC as part of the prestigious media art show “Synthetic Times”, the Newscocoons are fresh off a showing at the Galerie Lucy Mackintosh in Lausanne, and will be on display at swissnex San Francisco until April 20, 2009.
is co-founder and principal of Convergeo. Her work explores the nature of multi-sensory experiencing and communication, with a particular focus on the feelings, emotions, and thoughts evoked by the sense of touch that are hidden in images and spaces. Waldvogel received her BA from Barnard College, and her Dipl Arch and PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. She was a visiting scholar at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, the Harvard Business School, in the Mind and Market Group, and was the recipient of the IKEA Design/Innovation Award.
is a co-founder and member of Convergeo. Huang is also the Director of the Media x Design Lab and a Professor of Architecture and Digital Media at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). His research examines the possibilities of merging physical and virtual environments to enhance everyday environments and everday life. Before establishing the Media x Design Lab at EPFL, Huang was a Professor of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. A native of Rome and a Swiss citizen of Chinese origin, Haung received his DiplArch from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and his Masters and Doctoral Degrees from Harvard, where he was awarded the Gerald McCue medal.
Convergeo, created and headed by Muriel Waldvogel and Jeffrey Huang, is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Lausanne, Switzerland. Convergeo designs and develops interactive architecture and artifacts by fusing physical space and digital worlds.
About Media x Design Lab
The Media x Design Lab is a multidisciplinary research think-tank and make-lab located at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).
Photo: Myleen Hollero