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10 Best and Most Memorable Projects of 2012



It’s that time of the year when we slowly begin wrapping up the 2012. Before we say goodbye, take a short but well deserved break, lets take a quick moment to look back at some of the best and most memorable projects of 2012. Like last year, there is no mechanism in deciding these and neither-nor all projects here are spectacular and magnificent but instead they may offer a brief view into what lies ahead.

Without further ado…

10. Hydro-Fold by Christophe Guberan

Created by Christophe Guberan (ECAL), this inkjet printer prints patterns that contort pieces of paper into specific 3D forms. Christophe modified a printer to use a mixture of water and ink in the cartridge which causes the paper to fold along wet lines and humid areas forming very interesting geometries. Read more..

9. Soundmachines

The Product was commissioned by Volkswagen to develop a set of visuals for an interactive musical performance for the premiere of the New Beetle at the 2011 IAA motor show. What the client got instead was Soundmachines – a custom-built instrument for performing electronic music by DJing visual patterns on record-sized discs. Read more..

8. Electrolibrary – Paper book as interface

Created by Waldek Węgrzyn at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, “Electrolibrary” is a project that connects a custom made paper book to the computer, so it can be used as an an interface. The book can be browsed as any other regular book but when connected to the computer via USB, by turning pages, you can navigate through the website, getting additional information, quotations, movies and animations appropriate to the currently open page. Read more..

7. The Carp and the Seagull

Directed by Evan Boehm at Nexus Interactive Arts and commissioned by The Creators Project, The Carp and the Seagull is an interactive short film about one man’s encounter with the spirit world and his fall from grace. It is a user driven narrative that tells a single story through the prism of two connected spaces. The project is an experiment in space and narrative using 3D character modelling, rigging and animation with HTML5 and WebGL. Read more..

6. Lotus Dome

The City of Lille (FR) commissioned Daan Roosegaarde to build Lotus Dome, a living aluminum foil structure that ‘blooms’ in response to touch and warmth. A “futuristic view on the Renaissance”, Lotus Dome merges elements of architecture and nature into an interactive experience. Or, as the artist often refers to his work, “techno-poetry” Read more..

5. Energy Flow – Non-linear film experience

Created by London’s digital art and design collective Field, Energy Flow is a non-linear film experience created for the iOS and Android platforms that explores the physical, social and spiritual tensions in our world. The film is composed of multiple story lines into an immersive, audio-visual experience that is unique every time it is played. Marcus’ and Vera’s one year long project is now finally available. Read more..

4. Quadrotors at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase 2012

Now in its 22nd year, the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase hit Cannes again, unveiling another presentation of the new directorial talent. Marshmallow Laser Feast (Robin McNicholas, Memo Akten and Barnaby Steel) were the creative and technical directors of the production which included a theatrical performance by 16 flying robots reflecting light beams on the stage. CAN got the all the details on how this mesmerising performance came into being. Read more..

3. Google – The first Google image for every word in the dictionary

If a picture says more than a thousand words – and current internet dynamics tend to agree – what would a visual guide to the English vocabulary, contemporary and ‘webresentative’, look like? Ben West and Felix Heyes, two artists and designers from London (UK), found out when they replaced the 21,000 words found in your everyday dictionary with whatever shows up first for each word in Google’s image search. Behold Google – a 1240 page behemoth of JPGs, GIFs and PNGs in alphabetical order. Read more..

2. The Superstitious Fund Project

The Superstitious Fund Project is a trading algorithm that operates Superstitiously designed by Shing Tat Chung, a student of Design Interactions at the RCA. It is is a live experiment in which an algorithm trades based on superstitious beliefs. Shing designed the autonomous algorithm to make decisions based on lunar cycles and numerology. It is also programmed to develop its own form of superstitious logic, creating lucky and unlucky values that influence its behaviour. 144 people from around the world have already invested a total of £4828.88 in the fund, which will return the resulting balance back to its investors in a year’s time. Read more..

1. Free Universal Construction Kit

Not to be confused with a product, Free Universal Construction Kit is a disruption, not aimed at kids, but at the society — especially pundits, say the project’s authors. Free Universal Construction Kit is a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction toys. Read more..