The countdown for this years Tangible and Embedded Interactions conference is coming to an end. On 23rd of January the confrence is starting in Funchal / Madeira / Portugal. Unfortunatly without the TUI Blog crew for the first time since three years. Yeah, it´s a pity, because it would be great to be there, meeting all the guys and seeing fantastic projects. Next time!  For sure!

Meanwhile in the batcave, we´ve been updating some of the mising videos from last TEI. Check out the updated articels to Nic Villars Peppermill and the Bio Circuit from Dana Ramler


FILE Festival in Sao Paulo


Currently I am in Sao Paulo Brazil to attend the FILE electronic arts festival. The event is about interactive art in public spaces, game design and sonification, which exactly matches my interests. By now there is not much to say: everyone is busy in setting everything up, adjusting projectors and de bug last parts of the applications at the SESI theatre which is the main venue. The whole festival opens on monday with an award ceremony and opening night, where all the objects can be used and tested. On tuesday a lot of public art projects take place on Avenida Paulista, one of the main roads in Sao Paulo. The metro station transform to public gaming areas and the facades on the street will be digital augmented messageboards. If that wouldn´t be enough, a symposium is schedule for the whole week featuring lectures about physical gaming, sustainable media, sonifications and hybrid estates.It will be also live streamed via the festivals website!

In the hotel I allready met one of the artists from austria, Peter Votova from the TerminalBeach. Together with Erich Berger and brazilian orchestra he will perform as the “heartchamber orchestra” So there is a lot to see and do these days. I will keep you updated

archives, design, interface

Talk to me


Just a brief post on another worthy archive that i stumbled over the last days and still even need a month to check out everything…

The blog is about an upcoming exhibition at the MOMA in New York that features projects on interactive design. I´m allready super curious what they will further choose from their allready impressing list.

Please take yourself time to scroll through the projects, click at the hyperlinks and repost some ideas that are worth to be presented at the MOMA aswell.


Another proper filled archive comes from Micheal Shirley. My Future Me features a truck load of interesting and inspiring projects all related to interaction design and interactive media art. Enjoy

design, interface, research, TEI°10

getting personal

Here is a video with a more personal and ambient view on our trip to the MediaLab and New York. We still work on all the interview and demo footage so please still be patient with us. The video is quite long and tries to capture the athmosphere and mood of the conference and the journey. Enjoy.

design, design techniques, physical computing


There will be “Digital Processing” tutorial courses for designers, architects, construction engineers and young academics in these fields taking place in Berlin this year. The project is inititiated by the 3D Lab at the Technische Universität Berlin and the faculty of architecture at the University of the Arts Berlin. The people behind this offers are also involved in the 3D Modelling Symposium that is used to happen every year in Berlin. After the success of the last years, the symposium will be back again 2010 with a call for papers and several workshops and lectures.
What is most interesting on this offer, is the Module 5 on “Generative Design” using the Rhino4 Plugin Grasshopper. With this parametric scripting tools some new and “your-design-pushing” possibilities come up especially for Rhinomodellers and Non-coders. It´s definitely worth checking out, because on one hand it´s free and on the other hand it fills one of the most leaking gaps in Rhino: the missing of parametrics.

For everyone interested further in generative design and scripted shapes, the ARCH+ issue n°188 will provide a perfect overview on the topic.

Also the Modules 3 and 4 on rapid prototyping are recommended. The 3D Lab is well equipped with several object printers and a 3D scanning facility so there will be hands on experiences and professional guided courses.


When it comes to scripting plug ins, I also would like to share Scriptographer for Adobe Illustrator with you. Scriptographer is an open source development with a broad bunch of contributers pushing up new scripts for graphical and free use. The Plug in is easily installed and has incredible features in his current build, such as a live scripting environment using Java. But the most handy part is the rasterizing section, that enables you to make any vector grids out of bitmap graphics. OK, that doesn´t sound so stunning, but everyone who once tried to make one these dot matrixes on his or her own will really appreciate that function.