You will probably know many Floral Genii in your life, although children are usually better at seeing them than adults. They take their name from the floral prints and curtains in which many of them are found. But not all, by any means, are high-born of Morris prints, many more can be found in cheap shower curtains or tablecloths, and in natural forms like cut stone and peeling paint. Once you have spotted the face of a Floral Genius in your bedroom ceiling, or while staring at the wall in the bath, they are usually easy to see again. Floral Genii try to bring feelings of warmth and familiarity to rooms, whether they are floral or not.
AND 2013, Fair:
Sat 05 Oct 2013 FACT / Public Spaces / 11:00 – 18:00 / Free, drop by
Web cookies and browser fingerprints are used by companies to track the web pages you visit and build up detailed profiles of your tastes and habits. Users often have to accept cookies from online strangers before accessing each new web site, but it’s easy to forget about these digital traces.
Ben Dalton wants to give AND Fair-goers a unique tracking cookie too, but his are edible. Take your laptop or phone along to generate a personal cookie, eat it or keep it, and have a discussion about the information that browser fingerprint characteristics give away about you and your online activity.
the AND Fair is inspired by the World’s Fairs of old, where inventors could showcase new inventions and discoveries such as moving images, electricity or the fluorescent light bulb.
Toying with optical illusions, flying machines, biological probes and computer algorithms, the Fair is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with projects that bring emerging and primitive forms of technology together in unexpected fashions.
Exhibitors at the fair will include some of AND’s favourite artists and former collaborators together with a number of inspiring, emerging practitioners who responded to our recent open call.
- Cookie dough recipe
- Paper.js visualisation for cookie pattern
- Underpants fingerprint ‘supercookie’ tracking demo code
Ran across a folder of stuff from a 24 hour Simplicity Iron Chef Prototype-a-Thon run by Maeda during my time at the Media Lab. These team logos still make me laugh.
The topic was email and the secret ingredient was Play Doh. Our project proposed an email system that was military-grade encrypted and only revealed each message by printing it in to soft Play Doh. This allowed the reader to instantly squish up the message. Perfect for love letters most intimate. Carlos, Limor and I built the printer, a Play Doh pixel font and the code to run it in the course of the night.