Living works by Neri Oxman

Living works by Neri Oxman

Chiara Sabella · 2 weeks ago · Design

Architecture, design, and its rules have outlined a way of thinking over time, which Neri Oxman and her research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston question from a sustainable perspective.

It all starts from an elementary intuition “In nature there is no separation between design, engineering and production: bone does all of that.” With these words, the Israeli architect speaks of a transversal commitment that looks to biological principles to inaugurate a new season of design research.

In her studio the concepts of assembly line and construction by assembly are abandoned to open up to a production that literally makes materials grow in the laboratory. Here thanks to the modification of certain parameters, nature is engineered and the project becomes a living structure, in contiuunum with the environment that hosts it.

The work by MIT researchers exploits technological innovations in the fields of digital fabrication and materials engineering, together with computational design, which makes it possible to arrive at complex structures starting from simple formulas, and synthetic biology, which acts on DNA to create new biological functions. These are the tools by which the designer imagines and designs buildings that grow like organisms, clothes for interplanetary travel in environments hostile to humans and other ideas that seem to belong to a science fiction future, which is today.

In this future, Material Ecology is a reality and materials such as chitin, naturally produced by shrimp, crabs, butterflies and other organisms replace plastic in visionary projects.
Biodegradable and innovative structures such as the Silk Pavilion, a dome built thanks to the workforce of 6500 silkworms. The animals created the work by naturally following the structure outlined by the computer, with variations in thickness, density and therefore resistance of the material, thanks to the control of light. A new opportunity for production, beyond the futuristic building, which does not imply the killing of worms for the realization of fabrics.

No field remains excluded from the team research that arrives on the runway with the collection Wanderers, An Astrobiological Exploration. Garments are made to allow humans to obtain nutrients from their clothes and live on planets or hostile environments. Like a second skin, the pieces are inspired by the human body and contain cyanobacteria, which turn light into sugar, and Escherichia, which make sugar a biofuel suitable for us.

Bioluminescent organisms, bees, plant and animal structures become structural elements of human productions. In the Neri team, organic design reaches an advanced level, going beyond the imitation of nature to its collaboration, in view of a tomorrow – which is today – that requires sustainable perspectives in a collective effort.

Alongside the new opportunities in the means of production, it is fundamental to accompany a methodological rethinking – affirms Neri Oxman – that sees in the encounter between science, biology, design and art the formula to accelerate the change that our planet demands.

In her essay The Age of Entanglement, the architect outlines Krebs’ Creative Cycle, a process that transforms information into knowledge, utility and behavior. Here science and humanities feed off each other, as nature does.

The MIT team is a testament to how the buildings and products we are used to are not a direct expression of the ferment of contemporary architecture and design.

In this regard, Paola Antonelli, curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMa in New York, sees in Neri Oxman’s work a double value and meaning. Firstly the engineering of nature, which revises the tools and the result of the project, and secondly the arrival at a formal synthesis, with a complete aesthetic profile, capable of representing today’s design opportunities.

Article by Chiara Sabella

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All for the gram – Cashcats

All for the gram – Cashcats

Andrea Tuzio · 4 days ago · Design

It’s a fact, cats are the bosses of the internet
This rise to dominance began many years ago and, for now, they seem to be unrivaled in the world of memes, gifs or just plain “cute and cuddly” images. 
The Instagram account @cashcats however has taken cats one step further. A selection of photos where cats are enjoying life surrounded by cash.
A divertissement that plays with Instagram stereotypes and will bring more than a smile to your face, we promise. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Wearable bodies by Daisy Collingridje

Wearable bodies by Daisy Collingridje

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Art, Design

Most of the time, art cannot be touched. There is an insurmountable limit between us and the artwork, we never actually make contact. Daisy Collingridje‘s sculptures are an exception.   

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Works to wear, fabric bodies that tempt the observer with the softness and gentleness of their forms: Squishies are art to be touched. This is how the artist affectionately describes her jersey and cotton-wool sculptures, layers of quilts assembled by creative instinct guided by the materials.

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In her work fabric becomes a second skin, while inimitable shapes celebrate the flesh and movement of bodies. On the borderline between craftsmanship and fashion, a world in which Daisy took her first steps until she saw her first garment come to life and “dance as if no one was watching”. 

The Squishies do not affirm or deny any ideal prototype of a body, they are a representation of the incredible mechanism of all bodies. “We are all made up of the same basic elements – says the artist – but we remain unique individuals”, just like her works. Each one with its own personality that Daisy recognizes starting from the head, from where she begins to sculpt inspired by their character.

Irresistible to the touch, soft and warm, Daisy Collingridje‘s fabric bodies don’t last forever, just as real ones are subject to time, movement and wear. With soft lines and a warm color palette, the artist transforms human anatomy into a means of expression, diversity into joy and art. 

A new way of sculpting that takes its cue from the pastel works of Paolo Puck, who shares with the artist the reassuring chromatic balance, the sense of familiarity and unease. Proceeding by simplification, as in the figurative paintings of Caroline Coon where the musculature becomes an expressive feature.

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The Squishies move in a suspended time, as in the dreamlike and chaotic world of Lily Macrae or in the movement studies of Pina Bausch and Yoann Bourgeois. They live in a parallel reality where the human body is composed and decomposed into forms, that dance and give life to an art literally at your fingertips.

Article by Chiara Sabella

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Aches: make murals with only three colors

Aches: make murals with only three colors

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Art

In childhood, you may have stuck your eyes to the screen of the old cathode ray tube TVs to observe the tiny red, green, and blue pixels that made up the image. This free ticket to the oculist allowed close observation of RGB, an additive color model theorized in 1936 by the CIE (International Commission on Illumination).

Aches decided to use this technique for his murals. The works created by the Dublin-based artist emerge from the walls, thanks to the use of shadows and detailed subjects. Aches’ production ranges from murals to indoor exhibitions, with a chromatic and calligraphic thread, the result of the artist’s graphic studies at NCAD – National College of Art and Design. You can admire the works of Aches in Denmark, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, England and USA, or in his social profiles.

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Life on holiday in Thani Mara’s paintings

Life on holiday in Thani Mara’s paintings

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Art

October is only a few days old, the days are clearly shorter than they were a month ago, we’ve pulled out our jumpers and jackets, but for many, summer remains a permanent fixture. Between those who continue to post holiday photos on Instagram and those who are already planning next year’s holidays, the nostalgia for the heat and the sea is a disease that many people share. This is probably why discovering Thani Mara‘s work was so surprising. 

Thani Mara is a young artist born in Tenerife and the fact that she has lived for many years on an island surrounded by the sea has certainly had an impact on her artistic production. Her favourite subjects are beaches crowded with people, people in swimming costumes ready to dive into the white foam of the waves, multicoloured umbrellas planted in the sand. 

The construction of the images makes Thani Mara’s paintings a kind of pattern, summer landscapes stretching to infinity, stretching as far as the eye can see. In addition to looking at these works while it is raining outside, a style reminiscent of the 1970s makes the end result even more nostalgic. Paying close attention to the details, in fact, we can see the classic one-piece swimming costumes of those years, no one holding a phone, just a healthy desire to relax. 

We have selected just a few of Thani Mara’s works, but to find out more follow her on Instagram

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