Now on display at the Design Museum in London as a part of the “designers in residence program”, is the ‘Denki Puzzle’ created by japanese designer Yuri Suzuki and Technology Will Save Us. Using a kit of bespoke printed circuit board (PCB) components, the team has created a puzzle device which through the process of assembly can create fully working appliances such as a radio or a lighting system.
Yuri investigates the workings of consumer electronics. He has made a collection of working objects that attempt to demystify electronics and give the user a better understanding of how things work.
Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer and electronic musician who produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. Royal College of Art graduate of Design Products, his work raises questions of the relation between sound and people and how music and sound affect people’s mind. Suzuki’s sound art pieces and installations have been shown in exhibitions all around the world and from 2011 he is also a designer and visiting artist in Stockholm’s creative collective Teenage Engineering.
Technology Will Save Us is a London based collective that exists to educate and enable people to make and experiment creatively with technology. TWSU believes that we can all live more sustainable and more conscious lives by understanding what goes into the things we use daily, rather than simply throwing away what we no longer have use for.
- Looks Like Music – Yuri Suzuki at Mudam 2013 For its summer project in 2013, Mudam’s Publics Department invited Yuri Suzuki to conceive Looks Like Music, an audiovisual installation based on his work with Colour Chaser - beautifully designed but minimal vehicle that detects and follows a black line whilst it reads crossing coloured lines and translates them as RGB data into […]
- Fritzing [Mac, Windows, Linux] Fritzing is an open-source initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to take the step from physical prototyping to actual product.Â FritzingÂ software has been created as aÂ developing a tool to help users document theirÂ Processing andÂ Arduino and other electronic-based prototypes. Fritzing is essentially an Electronic Design Automation software with a low entry barrier, suited for the needs of designers and artists. It uses the metaphor of the breadboard, so that it is easy to transfer your hardware sketch to the software. From there it is possible to create PCB layouts for turning it into a robust PCB yourself or by help of a manufacturer. Fritzing is also about of sharing and learning. There are ways in which you can contribute and share your projects and self-made parts. Currently in Alpha,Â Fritzing is available for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms.Â Download and try the latest Fritzing. Fritzing is being developed by researchers in theÂ Interaction Design Lab at theÂ University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany. Learn more about the growingÂ team. Some pictures fromÂ their flickr […]
- Domestic Sound-Scapes [Objects, Sound] Created at the workshop with product designer and electronic music composer Yuri Suzuki, the following objects use the seemingly trite sound of a door bell as its starting point to create and suggest alternatives to the generic sound-scapes of everyday life that we often take for granted. Yuri designed the toolkit to make the door bell, which contain several actuators and plastic structure as seen in the photo below. The rest was down to the workshop attendees to make new door bells-sound machines. What effect would a whispering or moaning doorbell have? How would we interpret bird songs or the sound of barking dogs – as visitor or host? What happens if the first impression is disturbed by an unexpected sound? Can the sound of a doorbell have an effect on the very notion of hospitality? One day I found great kettle designed by Richard Sapper. The kettles’ beautiful sound plays the notes C and D and sounds like small locomotive. Inspired by this, I made a kettle of my own. A musical kettle, which became part of the series’ re-design sound scape’. As the kettle boils it whistles your favorite tune… I want to contribute to the design of daily domestic noises: alarms, mobile phones, a doorbell; I have the opinion that not enough thought has been given to the noises they produce. Yuri. This workshop was the last event of Yuri's residency at the Iaspis in Stockholm 1 Nov 2010 – 31 Jan 2011, a collaboration with Tokyo […]
- Workshops: Mind the Beep by Yuri Suzuki + Camera Drama by Roel Wouters In November last year ECAL University of art and design Lausanne in Switzerland was the host to two very interesting workshops aimed at their Media & Interaction and Industrial Design students. One workshop was led by Yuri Suzuki and the other by Roel Wouters. Having visited ECAL last year for end of year reviews it is one of the most fascinating schools I have been to. Regardless of the beautiful building designed by Bernard Tschumi, both the diversity and quality of work as well as the selection of invited lecturers continues to draw our attention. Mind the beep by Yuri Suzuki This one week Workshop was led by the London based, japanese Designer, Yuri Suzuki. Projects were realised by the students in Media & Interaction Design in collaboration with the Industrial Design students from ECAL. Workshop based on the concept of re-designing soundscape. In this workshop, re-consider and re-design alert sound such as alarm clock, ringing sound of mobile phone and bike bell. Improving surroundings with sound. www.yurisuzuki.com That was our first workshop with M&ID students collaborating with Industrial design students, both in the Bachelor level. The students were not so used to work with sound or to generate sounds so they also went trough a lot of experimentations and trials. At the end we had a collection of object playing with the topic, all in the form of working prototypes. The video contains just a selection of them. One of these projects, the high-heels, will be presented next week in Milan during the Salone del mobile in the exhibition called «Savoir-Faire» from ECAL at Spazio Orso 16. A Camera Drama by Roel Wouters This workshop was led by the dutch designer Roel Wouters. Projects were realised by the students in Media & Interaction Design in collaboration with the Industrial Design students. The brief included building an apparatus that produces videos the world has never seen before. www.roelwouters.com The workshop also mixed M&ID students and Industrial design students, and was happening in parallel as the workshop with Yuri Suzuki. The students worked on embed cameras and developed apparatus for these cameras (using GoPro cams, smarthphones etc.). The video contains just a selection of them. Some of the projects will be presented next week in Milan during the Salone del mobile in the exhibition called «Savoir-Faire» from ECAL at Spazio Orso 16. -- For more information on courses available at ECAL, […]
- Paper Electronics by Coralie Gourguechon Coralie Gourguechon is a designer and a paper electronics maker. Hi projects aim to to demystify electronics by simplifying the execution of simple circuits in a graphical way and using […]
- The Immortal – Life-support machines modified to ‘breathe’ in a closed circuit A number of life-support machines are connected to each other, circulating liquids and air in attempt to mimic a biological structure. This is an installation by Revital Cohen who modified and connected organ replacement machines together to have them 'breathe' in a closed circuit. The Immortal project investigates human dependence on electronics, the desire to make machines replicate organisms and our perception of anatomy as reflected by biomedical engineering. I first came across this installation on Régine's wmmna blog few weeks ago followed by Revital's interview by Régine on ResonanceFM. Through some considerable modifications, Revital managed to connect heart-lung machine, a dialysis machine, an infant incubator, a mechanical mentilator and an intraoperative cell salvage machine to keep each other alive through circulation of electrical impulses, oxygen and artificial blood - thus create a living machine. Salted water acts as blood replacement: throughout the artificial circulatory system minerals are added and filtered out again, the blood gets oxygenated via contact with the oxygen cycle, an ECG device monitors the system's heartbeat. As the fluid pumps around the room in a meditative pulse, the sound of mechanical breath and slow humming of motors resonates in the body through a comforting yet disquieting soundscape. The Immortal will be part of Superhuman, an exhibition exploring human enhancement that will open at the Wellcome Collection in London on July 19 and run through October 16, 2012. Project […]
- Circuit Explorations [openFrameworks, Processing] Eva Schindling (Austria) creates hardware and software solutions in the interdisciplinary zone between art, science, technology and design. This project called "Circuit Explorations" is one of her last projects which studies in complex and emerging electronic circuits. "Circuit Explorations" addresses the questions if any system has the potential to show emergent behavior as long as it follows the guidelines for emergence we learned from studying examples of nature and if the emergence of complex behavior can be made to appear by carefully tuning a systems parameter and setup. Eva explains: Small electronic circuits made from analog components (resistors, capacitors, transistors, inductors, diodes) serve as building blocks for a larger network of interconnected units. The circuit schematics for the individual units are kept simple in their number of components and are deliberately not designed to forcefully recreate behaviors already found in nature (circuits mimicking neuron behavior). The network consists of many units with similar simple circuit designs that produce predictable behavior in form of oscillation, delay functions or signal inversion. Each unit has input and output connections linked to one or more other units in the network. By linking these simple circuits up into a large network, all the electronic circuits are interconnected, influence each other and cause an overall more complex behavior. The conception of the hardware part of the research in form of a modular kit allows for a more free and exploratory plug-and-play research. See also other interesting projects by Eva Schindling here. Sensors readings from the circuit are used for a screen-based visualization that reveals linear, random or complex behavior in form of different visual […]
- Oplab by Teenage Engineering and Yuri Suzuki returns The Oplab musical experiment board allows you to interconnect virtually any electronic musical instruments and music software. It removes the hassle with one box for MIDI and another for CV or a third for […]
Posted on: 14/09/2012
- Junior Production Assistant at Resonate
- WebGL/3D Creative Prototyping Devs at TheSupply
- Freelance Interactive Producers at Psyop
- Senior Digital Designer at CLEVER°FRANKE
- Interaction Designer at Carlo Ratti Associati
- Art Director/Senior Designer at Stinkdigital
- Creative Technologist, The ZOO at Google
- Jr. / Sr. Software Developer at Minivegas
- Web Developer at Minivegas
- Digital Producer at Minivegas
- 3D Technologist at INDG
- Creative Director at INDG