It’s surprising (and intriguing) to hear Gadi Amit say that his multi-disciplinary teams work together “quite chaotically.” Amit is the soft spoken founder and principal designer of New Deal Design studio, which has designed such award-winning technology products as Fitbit, the Lytro camera, and Google's (GOOG) Ara phone. Not the kind of profile one would associate with a lack of discipline.
Acclaimed photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto is known for his masterful images of dioramas and portraits of wax figures, which play with our perception of reality. I was already familiar with his work, but nothing prepared me for the brilliant photographic mural of The Last Supper at Fraenkel Gallery, in his show “Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God”.
When I watch Sanaz Mazinani’s mesmerizing video and photography series, Conference of the Birds, I’m lulled by the sounds of birds singing, and I’m drawn into the elegant, repetitive circular patterns. Then other surprising elements emerge: the cry of protestors from the Occupy movement in Oakland, images of flags fragment and the soothing yet urgent voice of a foreign news correspondent speaks, and all are combined to create a disturbing yet seductive message.
When I ask fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht to describe her work, she looks at me under glittery, silver eyelids and says, “Fashion has a brain now.” It also has an icon in the form of this elfin, creative powerhouse who is so far ahead of the wearable technology curve that her new work approaches artificial intelligence.
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