Beijing, China - 2008
Lausanne, Switzerland - 2009
San Francisco, USA - 2009
Newscocoons are a set of pulsating media sculptures that display news - user-generated stories, videoclips, pictures, blogs - fed from geographically dispersed sources. The cocoons glow and breath slowly. Each cocoon tracks specific keywords, and embodies a theme such as alienation, chaos, body and emotions. The global shape of Newscocoons is constantly in flux, emerging from the particular constellation and intensity of information flow from the various sources. From timid to overpowering the Newscocoons may appear to be a threat to the body when overblown with information, or a soft companion in our everyday life.
Tangible architecture - Newscocoons are a tangible expression of the news that is consumed. The cocoons express visibly and audibly how much memory is accumulated. When memory size grows, the cocoon grows, giving memory a sense of physicality, a sense of weight and a sense of volume. Cocoons grow up to a point when the eminent danger of an explosion becomes unbearable. The cocoons are made of inflatable, translucent specific textile, a sails material with a discrete elasticity, used in maritime cultures. Its sensuality emanates from its tension, pulse and folding sounds as the cocoons are fed information.
The amalgam of news in the Newscocoons, whether generated by amateurs or professionals, whether insightful or junk, reflects the period of time we live in, with all the truths, lies and squalor.