exhibition

Touch and tweet!
16 May - 27 Oct 2013

The heart of the design collection gallery suite will be devoted to interactive installations: two by London duo Hellicar & Lewis and one by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde. Visitor participation is required! The installations are responsive to touch and movement.

Daan Roosegaarde - until oct 27

Dune (2013) by Daan Roosegaarde is an interactive landscape of light that responds to movement and touch. It can also be installed outdoors where it can help to create a greater sense of safety in badly-lit areas. With this, the work falls into the category of social design. Dune is made out of recycled polymer and LED lights operated by interactive software.

The work is installed along the River Maas in Rotterdam, and has previously been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The new version on view at the Stedelijk is bigger than ever.

Hellicar & Lewis - until sep 8

Feedback (2010) is inspired by the halls of mirrors you find at fairgrounds and theme parks. The software manipulates your digital image in response to your movements. The installation documents the images that are generated so they can be re-used later on.

Somantics (2010) is a series of different software modules designed to boost autistic children’s self-confidence. By enhancing their awareness of their physical potential, the modules encourage the children to become more independent. Visitors can move about in front of the camera and see how the shapes in the projection change in response to their movements.

This exhibition Touch and Tweet! is organized in the context of the partnership between the Stedelijk Museum and the annual What Design Can Do congress that explores the role of design in society.

Daan Roosegaarde and Hellicar & Lewis were speakers at this two-day event in 2012 and 2013 respectively. For more information, visit: www.whatdesigncando.nl.

Information about the participating artists:

Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is the director of studios in Waddinxveen and Shanghai, where designers, programmers and technicians work. In conjunction with them, he creates installations that combine (autonomous) design and technology, and which he describes as ‘techno-poetry’. One of his recent, hyper-functional projects is Smart Highway, in which glow-in-the-dark paint absorbs and stores sunlight, using it to illuminate the roadway at night, eliminating the need for highway lighting.

The London studio of Pete Hellicar (1970) and Joel Gethin Lewis (1980) is specialized in creating extraordinary experiences. They develop interactive installations – their own designs, and commissions from clients in both the cultural and private sectors. Their clients include Coca-Cola and the TED conferences. The design duo is noted for creating real time installations and developing open source software that everyone can download.

A roster of events relating to the exhibition will be held as part of the Public Program. For a full schedule of activities, see: www.stedelijk.nl.