November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Ireland’s wracked by frustration at its inept government this week but after a day with the professionals of the National Disability Authority, I have more faith in the public servants than the bumbling leadership. Donal Rice and Barbara Schmidt-Belz summed it up: ‘Bad design excludes’ they say and quote Victor Papanek that ‘Good design applies to all people’.
November 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
I found this fascinating article in The Observer today about Sargy Mann; “The Best Blind Painter in Peckham”. Unlike the amazing John Bramblitt of Texas, who paints by touch and only began after losing his vision, Sargy lived his years painting from perfect vision up to 36 years old and all the way along the slow loss of sight over twenty years later. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
In order to examine the social contexts around dancers who experience pain and injuries, researchers from London College of Fashion used a 3D body scanner along with interviews. The project, Pain and Injury in a Cultural Context, Dancers’ Embodied Understanding and Visual Mapping asked 200 subjects to map current and past pain and injury sites onto the their own body scan. The same technology is being used at Hull University to measure the changing size of Britain’s children.
September 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
Fleshmaps is an ‘artistic study’ by the famous data visualisation duo of Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, who have recently joined Google. This project was completed in 2008 and was one of the first I noticed to use Mechanical Turk as a way of surveying a large sample online. The result shows intensity of desire points, both ‘to be touched’ and ‘to touch’ for male and female. To gather the data, they asked questions relating to 707 points on the body, with more dense collections of points in the anticipated areas of interest. Check out the “look” and “Listen” areas also, as there are some really quirky stuff there. My favourite for simplicity sake are the hairs around male’s nipples. Check out the Music and Rebus sections too – slightly grotesque bubbles of bodies interact with genres and poetry.
September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
This is a beautiful story of how a woman remembered a comment her mother made and then persisted in following through on a hunch. Berna Huebner collaborated with doctors and art students to reintroduce painting back into her mother’s life. The documentary shows how painting can help people access parts of their memory that are otherwise inactive, when afflicted by cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Check out a review of the documentary and see the blog for information of viewings.