The city is filled with invisible signals. They carry different levels of data, messages, and information. Smart phones, laptops, tablet computers and their interconnected networks, mobile and wireless directly influence how urbanity is being interpreted. Signal Morphor visualizes the boundless signals, morphing and shaping architectures and the environment. It explores and reveals the way immaterial signals influence the formation and perception of urban life.
This is a kinetic sculpture. All movements are based on the calculation of mechanical engineering. It includes gears, actuators and motors etc. The sculpture also detects signals; a signal detector (for radio frequency (RF) signaling power from 50Mhz to 3GHz with 60dB dynamic range) with microcontroller (Arduino modified) acts as the central processing unit to trigger the whole kinetic movement, as well as the light and sound effects.
When the sculpture detects the active RF signal around, it reacts to phone calling, receiving, SMS/MMS in or out and data transcribing with 3G/bluetooth/wifi. The sculpture doesn’t detect non-active RF.
** It starts morphing when it receives, collects and reaches a certain level of signal/information, not interacting with a particular mobile phone but all the signal in the environment. There are three in this exhibition and each of them has different sensitivity to the “information” level.
Light and sound visualizing the current received-strong signal.
＋Work of Keith Lam, exhibits in Invention & Intervention – The power showcase of Hong Kong New Media Artist，Presented by Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Organized by Microwave International New Media Arts Festival
＋Official website of the exhibition: microwavefest.net/ii/
+ Invention & Interventio – The power showcase of Hong Kong New Media Artist，Festival Walk，Hong Kong，2011
An urban seating installation that reflects the never-ending momentum of our cities.
Cities never stand still. The conceptual idea of the Boomerang Bench is to create an adaptable, dynamic, customisable and functional seating and resting furniture within the continuously transforming urban space. It is inspired by the time lapse stills of movement across the space; the single element occupied by each moment in a different area in the space, but in a slightly shifted position following a linear spine.
The Boomerang Bench is comprised of adjustable number of of solid wood pieces on a steel structure, each following the lines of a boomerang. The boomerangs each rotate to create a continuous fanning effect and innumerable seating forms.
The Urban Design Initiative
The Boomerang Bench has been selected as the winning scheme for Urban Commissions, the urban design initiative helping to transform Dubai and nurture the city’s design talent. Launched by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Dubai Design District (d3), the 2014/15 Design Days Dubai initiative invited the UAE’s resident creatives to propose and design a public urban seating installation for the city of Dubai. Urban Commissions was launched in recognition of Dubai’s growing design-conscious urban development; the annual competition aims to engage with the community and build a strong awareness of sustainability, while also promoting the diverse local creative and production industries.
The project investigates and develops responsive building skin systems that adapt to dynamic environmental fluctuations to regulate the internal conditions in a habitable space over time and exhibit a state of motion and dynamism. Heat and light are the primary parameters for the regulation of internal conditions, leading to optimal conditioning, energy efficiency and dynamic spatial effects, for the interior as well as the exterior. Passive and active dynamic skins that employ material intelligence and pneumatic actuators are developed through investigations of smart systems that integrate smart materials and smart geometries. Owing to the complexity of the multi-parametric system, genetic algorithms are developed for system optimization, and calibrated with physical prototypes at varied scales. The developed systems are tested against two distinct climatic models—New Delhi and Barcelona—and evaluated for performance. The precedents in this line of research for responsive and adaptive architecture have dealt with single parameters and hence a more complex issue is being dealt with, using heat and light as parameters. The use of genetic algorithms makes the problem solving faster and accurate. New tool-sets are developed in the process by combining various digital tools, to create a feedback and memory loop system