Watch a video retrospective of 2wice, from its first incarnation as Dance Ink to its recent series of groundbreaking apps.
For two decades, Pentagram’s Abbott Miller has collaborated with the arts patron and publisher Patsy Tarr on pioneering new platforms for dance performance, first in the pages of Dance Ink magazine, then in the unique editions of 2wice. Most recently they have collaborated on a series of apps for 2wice that turn the digital screen of an iPad into a new kind of performance space. Their latest app, DOT DOT DOT, invites viewers to interact with the spatial and temporal representation of dance in a piece specifically designed, choreographed and scored for the digital tablet. On January 27 Miller and Tarr will discuss the app and their ongoing collaboration at “2wice: Dancing from Page to Stage to Screen,” a presentation in the performing arts series Works & Process at the Guggenheim.
Miller and Tarr will be joined at the talk by their DOT DOT DOT collaborators, the choreographer Tom Gold and videographer Ben Nicholas. The event is part of the 30th anniversary season of Works & Process at the Guggenheim and will be presented in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater. Miller knows the museum well, having designed the look and feel of the Guggenheim identity, as well as the definitive history of its architecture. 2wice was recently honored by the alternative New York performance space La MaMa.
“2wice: Dancing from Page to Stage to Screen” will be presented Monday, January 27 at 7:30 pm at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue in New York. Tickets are available here.
A former printing factory originally built in 1910, The Printing House in New York’s Far West Village is an iconic landmark of the area’s industrial past. First converted to condominiums in the 1980s, the building has relaunched this year with a new renovation that transforms many of its units into luxury loft-style residences. Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and team have created a brand identity and marketing campaign for The Printing House that plays off its origins to position it as a chic, contemporary place to live in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. Pentagram partner Emily Oberman collaborated with the team on messaging, writing and creative direction for the advertising.
The designers worked closely on the project with Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group and the building’s developer, Myles J. Horn, who specializes in renovating and repositioning existing properties. The new conversion reconfigures 104 of the building’s 184 existing condominiums into 60 larger residences designed by the award-winning architectural firm workshop/apd, with a private mews designed by Gunn Landscape Architecture. Taking its cues from the renovation, the branding highlights The Printing House as, in the words of the campaign tagline, “A Revolution in Industrial Luxury.”
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Quick Link: Eddie Opara on Designing for Self-Worth (Video)
Pentagram is thrilled to announce that the DOT DOT DOT app designed by Abbott Miller has been nominated for a 2013 People’s Design Award. Presented by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian Magazine, the awards invite the public to vote for their favorite design from a pool of 20 nominees recognized for innovation. The contest runs through October 11, and the winner will be announced live at the National Design Awards Gala on October 17.
Cast your vote for DOT DOT DOT here. (One vote per day.)
DOT DOT DOT is one of several interactive designs nominated in the awards. Conceived and designed by Miller and developed in collaboration with 2wice publisher Patsy Tarr and the choreographer Tom Gold, the app invites viewers to interact with a dance designed, choreographed and scored for the iPad. The app uses a graphic interface of black and red dots that trigger different actions when touched by the user, defining the dancer’s movements through a series of vignettes. DOT DOT DOT is available for download from iTunes.
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Quick Link: Vote for Abbott Miller’s DOT DOT DOT App in the 2013 People’s Design Awards
Makr Shakr in action at this year’s Google I/O conference and Milan Design Week.
As any cocktail connoisseur knows, mixology is a precise science, and everyone has their own way of customizing their favorite drink. Makr Shakr was an installation at this year’s Google I/O conference that used robotic barmen to mix drinks in approximately one googol (that’s 10 to the power of 100) different crowd-sourced combinations. Developed by the MIT Senseable City Lab in collaboration with the Coca-Cola Company and Bacardi Rum, the project featured an identity, web application and data visualization designed by Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and team.
Conference attendees downloaded the Makr Shakr app on their handheld devices and mixed and selected ingredients as their own virtual barmen, then watched as the cocktails were crafted by three KUKA robots and delivered via conveyor belt. As the drinks were prepared, a digital display behind the bar showed the queue of drinks in the works, profiles of the users, and the precise mixture of ingredients in their drinks, as well as what cocktails and ingredients were trending across the crowd.
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Quick Link: Abbott Miller’s DOT DOT DOT App Featured on Fast Company
Quick Link: DOT DOT DOT App Featured on Wired Design
The iPad offers a uniquely interactive performance space that presents new opportunities for dance and choreography. DOT DOT DOT is a new app that invites viewers to interact with a dance designed, choreographed and scored for the digital tablet. Conceived and designed by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller, the app is the latest project from 2wice Arts Foundation, which Miller has worked with for many years. The app was developed in collaboration with 2wice publisher Patsy Tarr and the choreographer and dancer Tom Gold.
DOT DOT DOT uses a graphic interface of black and red dots that establish a diagrammatic space for a series of vignettes that users activate through the touchscreen. The app can be viewed in different registers that are accessed by swiping vertically and horizontally. Seen from above, the dots on the stage trigger different actions when touched. Seen from the side, the dots become columns that define the dancer’s movements. Another vertical swipe accesses a choreographic sequence seen from the corner of the stage. Along the way, Gold bounces across dots, spills a bucket of paint, and dances with his multiple selves; in another section of the app, the dots have morphed into a series of columns that form an increasingly dense forest. As he performs within this graphic environment, he presents himself as an intrepid performer, an avatar for the viewer.
DOT DOT DOT is now available for download from iTunes.
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Daniel Weil has created an interactive public exhibition for HIV charity Body & Soul’s award-winning, Life In My Shoes youth campaign.
‘Life in my Shoes’ is a multi-platform campaign that challenges the fear and misunderstanding that surrounds HIV. The campaign highlights the terrible isolation faced by young people with HIV with bold and anonymous silhouetted portraits of HIV+ teens, created by photographers Rankin and Suki Dhanda.
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