| Interactives | Exhibitions | 2008 | Design and the Elastic Mind | Index “Over the past twenty-five years, people have weathered dramatic changes in their experience of time, space, matter, and identity. Individuals cope daily with a multitude of changes in scale and pace”working across several time zones, travelling with relative ease between satellite maps and nano scale images, and being inundated with information. Adaptability is an ancestral distinction of intelligence, but todays instant variations in rhythm call for something stronger: elasticity, the product of adaptability plus acceleration. Design and the Elastic Mind explores the reciprocal relationship between science and design in the contemporary world by bringing together design objects and concepts that marry the most advanced scientific research with attentive consideration of human limitations, habits, and aspirations. The exhibition highlights designers ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and history”changes that demand or reflect major adjustments in human behaviour”and translate them into objects that people can actually understand and use. This Web site presents over three hundred of these works, including fifty projects that are not featured in the gallery exhibition.”

I like very much the idea of the Portable Light (at made by Sheila Kennedy, Sloan Kulper, Jason O’Mara, Patricia Gruits, Heather Micka-Smith and Casey Smith. “The Portable Light is a self-sufficient and sustainable source of power, and unlike traditional silicon-based solar panels it can be easily folded and transported. Moreover, the designers explain, the textile “can be integrated by local cultures using traditional weaving and sewing technologies in an open-source model.” The use of familiar materials creates “the opportunity for greater levels of cultural acceptance of this technology,” particulary by develooping countries’ most important resource: women. Each Portable Light unit generateds about two watts of electricity and about one hundred lumens of white light, enough to read and do domestic tasks by. Individual units may be grouped to create up to five hundred lumens of light, and power can be pooled up to twelve volts to charge larger items, such as medical equipment and laptops.”


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