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Event: Doors of Perception 6 on LIGHTNESS, 11-13 November 2000, Amsterdam

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  • Nico Macdonald - Design Agenda
    This is significant design event that may be of interest to you. Doors of Perception was co-founded in Amsterdam in 1993 by among others Kristi van Riet and
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 5, 2000
      This is significant design event that may be of interest to you.

      Doors of Perception was co-founded in Amsterdam in 1993 by among others Kristi van Riet and Willem Velthoven ( http://www.mediamatic.nl/whoiswho/willemvelthoven/index.html [Dutch]) of Mediamatic magazine and John Thackara (http://www.thackara.com/), then director of the Netherlands Design Institute, which went on to 'adopt' Doors. Its events have covered themes from About (new technologies) to Home, Info-Eco to Speed (all of which are documented on their site), and is now independent of the Institute, with John Thackara as its director.

      I attended the last event, Play, which was eclectic in terms of presenters and presentation and attracted a broad audience from Europe and the US. While Doors conferences may not produce immediate enlightenment their themes tend to seep pervasively into the cultural discussion. Speakers at LIGHTNESS include Chris Pacione and Rick Robinson (who were both highlights at our 'Design for Usability' event earlier this year), Ben Cerveny, Garry van Patter, Lisa Strausfeld (all of whom have interesting insights) and Malcolm McCullough, author of the well received 'Abstracting Craft' (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ISBN=026263189X).

      The event costs NLG 1468,75 to attend (NLG 352,50 for students). If you can get to Doors I would highly recommend it, for the people you will meet as well as the speakers and debate.

      Nico Macdonald

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      Doors of Perception 6 on LIGHTNESS
      11, 12 and 13 November 2000, Amsterdam


      Doors is an international meeting which brings together designers and other professionals with a shared aim: to suggest more valuable uses for the Internet than most of the e-commerce and entertainment services now being offered. The theme of Doors of Perception 6 is lightness. Speakers in order of appearance are:

      JOHN THACKARA, Director of Doors of Perception. Why is Lightness important? What does it have to do with the Internet? And how will we design it?

      Godfather of cyberpunk BRUCE STERLING is leader of the Viridians, an online design community that promotes "a new, unnatural, seductive, mediated, glamorous Green."

      SUGATA MITRA, Principal Scientist at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, introduced his state-of-the-art computer systems to Indian street children - with some hilarious results.

      IRENE McWILLIAM, Director of Design Research and Development at Philips Design, creates design scenarios about desired future situations.

      MICHAEL DOUGLAS, Design Research Director at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, presents Tramjatra, a project in Calcutta, which explores how physical, human and information networks interact.

      MALCOLM McCULLOUGH, author of Abstracting Craft, believes that computer programming is a craft, akin to pottery. He wants designers to craft software that meets the unique qualities of local contexts and patterns of use.

      New York architect ELIZABETH DILLER,, partner in Diller+Scofidio, presented a multimedia theatre piece called Jetlag at the recent opening of MassMOCA. Her next building appears to be a cloud.

      CHRIS PACIONE is co-founder of BodyMedia, a start-up company that supplies wearable body monitors; data about your food intake, rest, exercise and so on are beamed wirelessly to your private website.

      Through "drawing in conversation", JULIAN BURTON uses storytelling and visualisation to help a complexity and organisational learning group at the London School of Economics.

      Artist, historian, and archivist TJEBBE VAN TIJEN compares our experiences of the Internet to other examples of traceless art and ephemeral happenings that have cropped up throughout the modern age.

      One of this year's wild cards, the Barcelona-based designer MARTI GUIXE plays intriguing games at the interface between food, packaging and display.

      STEWART BUTTERFIELD, Director of Toronto-based Sylloge, is a critic of 'software bloat'. He invited people to design a web page weighing a featherlight 5K. At Doors, Stewart presents the winning 'digital haikus'.

      MICHEL WAISVISZ is Director of Steim, the acoustics and experimental music laboratory in Amsterdam. Waisvisz suggests how light music, sound, performance and streaming media might help us communicate.

      MAYA DRAISIN and TIFFANY SHLAIN organise the Webby awards - the 'Oscars of the Internet'. At Doors, they discuss future trends with with leading experience designers.

      ADRIAAN BEUKERS, a professor of aeronautical engineering and author of Lightness, draws on an eclectic range of design inspiration, from Japanese Zen archers to Kazakh yurts and biomimicry.

      ALEXANDER ROSE, Director of the Long Now Foundation, discusses the Rosetta Disc, which compresses 10,000 pages in 1,000 languages onto a nickel disc just 50mm across and weighing less than most coins.

      NATALIE JEREMIJENKO, is a design engineer and techno-artist at New York University's Center for Advanced Technology. Her work includes digital, electromechanical and interactive systems.

      WINY MAAS designed the Dutch vertical landscapes Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hannover. The author of FARMAX: Excursions on Density, says we need to compress human population and activities.

      LISA STRAUSFELD, an architect turned media information designer, explores how the visualisation of abstract phenomena might be incorporated in our work or living environments.

      HANI RASHID thinks new technology may be changing the way we conceive and engineer spatiality. Rashid will explore how hybrid real and virtual spaces are co-evolving, such as the virtual New York Stock Exchange.

      Small changes to the way we design pipes impact hugely on energy use, as LEE ENG LOCK, "the world's master of the new design mentality in fluid handling" explains.

      How do the concepts and tools of lightness connect with business? A panel discussion features three leading thinkers from a new generation of dynamic companies that combine design, internet, new technology and business strategy: BEN CERVENY, Director of Research, Organic; RICK ROBINSON, Chief Experience Officer, Sapient; and GARRY VAN PATTER, head of Innovation Acceleration Labs, Scient Corporation.

      E-CULTURE FAIR 12, 13 November 2000
      A ticket to Doors entitles you to attend the first E-Culture Fair which is about leading-edge innovations that challenge accepted applications of new media. There will be show-and-tell of prototypes, new design concepts, new software, media and video art.

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