Curious Minds: New Approaches in Design and Art, is the largest design exhibition staged by the Israel Museum since its renovation. It indeed offers new approaches, and is one of the most fascinating exhibitions of its kind to be launched in Israel in recent memory.
Under the rubric of "critical design," the exhibition features works that deal with questions relating to society, politics and the environment, the collaboration between artists and researchers from various scientific spheres raising such issues. The exhibition's subtitle, "New Approaches in Design and Art," hints at its essence: This is a strange combination of a modern room of wonders and a laboratory in which designers and engineers toil. The show can be seen as an introductory lesson in contemporary design and art. It encompasses most of the phenomena that have characterized the world of design in recent years: a return to work produced by the human hand, and the combination of handicraft and digital technology; the tension between high tech and low tech; works in which the story "behind the scenes" can be more interesting than the final product itself; and last but not least, the theme of nature and it relationship with technology.
Take, for instance, two light sculptures displayed by Studio Drift at the exhibition's entrance. The first, "Fragile Future 3," tries to provide a glimpse of a future in which the natural world coexists with the man-made world of technology. The work is made of dandelion seeds, LED lamps and phosphor bronze. Specifically, its electronic rings are created by phosphor bronze strips cut by laser beams; the dandelion seeds, which were pasted one by one, by hand, onto the LED lamps, are illuminated by electricity. The result is a fascinating study in contrasts of lightness and heaviness, natural and artificial materials, fragile and solid items, high tech and low tech.
The second work displayed by Studio Drift is "Flylight," made out of glass, copper threads and electronic objects. Inspired by the flights of starlings, this interactive work is comprised of 160 illuminated glass tubes connected to electronic sensors; the sensors are connected to a computer program which simulates the behavior of flocks of birds. The result is a hypnotic light display. - Alex Ward - curator of the exhibition.
We are proud to announce that last weekend our Fragile Future 3.5 won the 1st prize at the ZomerExpo at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.
There were three prizes to be won, the highlight of the evening was the audience award of 10,000 euros. All visitors to the summer exhibition could express their favorite art work. With a large majority, the Fragile Future piece won.
We are pleased to announce that our Ghost Collection was a part of the SuperDesign exhibition in London, 13-17 October. The Ghost collection is now represented by Patrick Brillet Fine Art Galley.
Yearly, this exclusive show brings together collections from leading galleries and pioneering international designers at a crucial time in the art calendar year.
The Ghost Collection is a futuristic concept of a chair, a 3D image captured within the boundaries of its outer shell. The image of the inner ghost is created by a reflection of light on tiny air bubbles.
Studio Drift is happy to announce our latest commission, a large Flylight that covers two floors of a private house in Moscow, including over 200 glass tubes. It has been specifically designed to respond to the movement on the stairs. Philiosophy of Design from Moscow were the architects who endorsed this collaboration.
Studio Drift presented a selection of work at the collaborative FOO exhibition in Ventura Lambrate during Design Week Milan. We were happy to host over 60,000 visitors to our exhibition in one week. On show were Flylight, Shylight and the Fragile Future 3 installation that was specially made for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
Flylight was awarded 'the top 20 best designs' by Yatzer & Designvlog.com during this week.