MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch
To put it in the simplest terms, the inFORM is a self-aware computer monitor that doesn’t just display light, but shape as well. Remotely, two people Skyping could physically interact by playing catch, for example, or manipulating an object together, or even slapping high five from across the planet. Another use is to physically manipulate purely digital objects. A 3-D model, for example, can be brought to life with the inFORM, and then manipulated with your hands to adjust, tweak, or even radically transform the digital blueprint.
inFORM - Interacting With a Dynamic Shape Display
inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms: tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/
Video installation of variable measurements comprising: Sculpture: pointe shoes, stainless steel knives Video projection: HD blu-ray, with sound, screened on a wall 9’
A ballerina, whose pointe shoes are extended by a set of sharp kitchen knives, dances and twirls insistently until reaching exhaustion, fighting to maintain balance on the lid of a grand piano set on a stage. The theatre with its red velvet warm lighting, resembles an oversized music box. The camera turns around the dancer revealing the opposite side of the room: an empty and painfully bare theatre.
The ballerina appears as an eerie figure expressing effort, sacrifice and pain in her strive for perfection. Both fragile and cruel. Initially shy and hesitant, her steps become more and more emphatic, menacing and not exempt of violence, scraping and cutting into the delicate surface of the piano with her sharp pointe shoes.
Through this work, Javier Perez investigates and reflects once again upon the human condition. Using a strongly metaphorical language rich in powerful symbolism, he reveals the weaknesses that become the boundaries between seemingly irreconcilable concepts such as: beauty and cruelty, fragility and violence, culture and nature or life and death.
Gaga performing “Princess Die” for the second time at last night’s show in Melbourne.
Writing or creating about yourself and for yourself can seem to be the most narcissistic thing an artist can do, but the heart is the most honest place, which is what makes Princess Die so beautiful and moving.
Lady Gaga performs a new song, "Princess Die" in Melbourne, Australia
Being a superstar means nothing. Being an artist means everything. It’s utterly tragic that she feels the way she does, but it is the catharsis of writing, in which she lives, that helps me live too. Gaga being private in public is probably the best and worst thing she does, because what people don’t realize is a ballad like Princess Die is intimate beyond the lyrics, and it hurts when it’s criticized or misunderstood. It makes you feel like you’re misunderstood. Remember that you are loved and live freely and compassionately, even when you don’t feel like you can.
"So bob your head for another dead blonde Whose real prince is in heaven She just wants to sleep
The final act of life will be in my own hands to do I’ll be a Princess Di and die with you”