20 August 2019
Hello the MLE,
Reporting back from the AI: More Than Human exhibition at the Barbican.
Overall, it’s okay. It can be summed up as a barrage of examples of various AI-related objects and experiences. The only context provided is a crash course history of AI - which only added to the feeling of superficiality. With so many examples, there is little room for depth.
The exhibition would have benefited by focusing on the only the past 20 years, which is already more than enough. This would allow for a deeper look, a linking between pieces, an insight into what is proving to become a reality and why this is significant, and so on. This would have made the exhibitions much more interesting and meaningful.
Of course, I was personally interested in examples of how AI may help save us from environmental destruction, as well as the ethical considerations.
On the positive end: Neri Oxman and Mediated Matter Group’s Synthetic Apiary creates the conditions for an eternal spring for bees; and the Personal Food Computer developed at MIT is a “slow robot” that proposes an alternative to environmentally ruinous agriculture.
On the negative end:
An open letter to pre-emptively ban lethal autonomous weapons. An Amnesty International website showing how the US-led coalition’s air strikes on Raqqa in Syria in the war against Islamic State — many of them carried out by AI drones — led to hundreds of civilian deaths.
On the creepy end:
A video exploring the use of AI in China’s social credit system, set to roll out in 2020. This is depicted in a cute, colourful and fun animation focusing on all the positives, which is not at all appropriate for such a controversial topic.
And finally, I found it quite funny that there were a number of displays that were suffering technological malfunctions…. But at least the robot bartender was working! The future is bright!
15 February 2016
I thought you might be interested to know that the Prince of Wales was present for the official re-opening of Wilton’s Music Hall here in East London.
Charles has been a Patron since his first visit in 2006, which is really incredible, considering the building stood derelict and it’s future uncertain. Now, after decades of hard work and commitment from its supporters, Wilton’s building works are complete and it is open yet again as a significant London entertainment venue.
Built originally as a pub around 1690, it was converted in to a grand music hall by John Wilton in the mid-19th C and stands today as the only one surviving intact from London’s early Grand Music Hall era.
We will definitely pay it a visit when you are here next.
You can see the site we designed for Wilton’s Music Hall here.
18 September 2014
Hey hey the MLE,
Reporting back from designjunction last night, a London event showcasing furniture, lighting and product design. It was quite fun, as it's a bit trade show, but also there are pop-up shops selling things, large installations, seminars, screening, and places to eat and drink etc. The venue itself was perfect, a derelict 1960s Sorting Office in central London.
In the first photo shows Daniel sitting in his favourite piece, a very comfortable chair, but I lost the card I collected, so don't know the designer. Second is the Nick Fraser coat rack. Third is the Hybrid No2 chair by Merve Kahraman (when I showed my interior architect friends in the pub after they did not approve however). What they did approve of is the fourth product, the classic Anglepoise 1227 brass wall mounted lamp, so that is good. And finally, both Daniel and I quite liked these Richard Brendon china sets. Well I thought they were entire dinner sets judging by the price, but they are actually unique individual cups and saucers. But beautiful.
3 July 2014
Hello my friend MLE!
As you know, I posted on our Facebook page about the Chelsea Degree Show, which I went to a couple weeks ago. Well, I said it was so good I would post about it again, so here we are. I love going to Degree Shows (or "Grad Shows" as we call them in Canada). Maybe it is because we had so much fun with our HUGE grad project that it brings back happy memories... :)
This time I will show you our brilliant intern Josiah Jones' project. First, check out the catalogue cover. It's designed so that the student handing it out can highlight their name - nice concept right?
Josiah's project, called "Food for your thoughts," explores food as a social urge and also cleverly initiates relationships within the design industry. Josiah sent out a placemat invitation to London designers asking them if he could buy them their favourite lunch in return for some discussion. He then created beautiful modular lunch trays with each designer's food choice, which look too pretty to eat in my opinion. You can see mine above: "soup with grated cheese." Compare that to Liv at It's Nice That: "A bunch of stuff all over a table including an amazing cheeseboard, some Italian cold meats and really good salty butter. And cornichons and some homemade chutney. And some amazing bread."
More about Josiah's project
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As you know, a piece of art we created for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge Massachusetts was officially presented last month - here is a preview. Will post more work soon that we did for this exciting event. A total joy to collaborate with this institute that is making such an impact.