Monday, June 5, 2017

In the gate: Typographic Landscape Ecologies: Alameda, California, USA

Over the course of the next few months, I will be doing field research and developing a platform for the continuation of the ongoing project Typographic Landscape Ecologies which documents, maps, and visualizes typographic artifacts in the urban landscape as a way to explore cultural forces in the constructed world. I will be using a small area in Alameda California to develop a format prototype and to explore new experimental procedures.

Titled Typographic Landscape Ecologies: Alameda, California, USA it will be exhibited in "Project Anywhere "a global blind peer reviewed exhibition program dedicated to promoting art and artistic research at the outermost limits of location-specificity."

Joshua Singer “Center & Periphery & Flows in MaracanĂ£ (detail), 2015. Still image of georeferenced photos and 3D models in Google Earth. Virtual landscape of the MaracanĂ£ neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil containing geolocated typographic artifacts and dimensional semiotic indicators.




Saturday, April 1, 2017

Imaging the City Art, Creative Practices and Media Speculations

Somewhat late news, but the book is indeed now available with my somewhat stream-of-consciousness piece A city of grids and algorithms and soundtracks in cars and planes and glass. Very excited to be part of such an interesting, and I believe intellectually important, approach to media and landscape studies.

"Imaging the City brings together the work of designers, artists, dancers, and media specialists who cross the borders of design and artistic practices to investigate how we perceive the city; how we imagine it; how we experience it; and how we might better design it. Breaking disciplinary boundaries, editors Steve Hawley, Edward Clift, and Kevin O’Brien provocatively open up the field of urban analysis and thought to the perspectives of creative professionals from non-urban disciplines. With a cast of contributors from across the globe, Imaging the City offers international insight for engaging with—and forecasting the future for—our cities."

Publisher: Intellect, The University of Chicago Press.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Different Data Workshop at AIGA DEC "Frontier"

In beautiful Bozeman Different Data hosted the workshop "Illegitimate Worlds" at the Design Educators Conference "Frontier"

We started with the premise that “… ‘illegitimate', imprecise, but approximate translation is one of the most important features of any creative thinking. For these 'illegitimate' associations provoke new semantic connections and give rise to texts that are in principle new ones." (Y. Lotman, Universe of the Mind: A Semiotic Theory of Culture, 2000)


Thursday, June 16, 2016

The book is out

Well, not exactly. It's been announced, but isn't yet available. The word is it will be in July. And, it's not my book - just a book I'm in. But I think that it's all still pretty exciting.

"Imaging the City: Art, Creative Practices and Media Speculations" contains my strange little piece "A city of grids and algorithms and soundtracks in cars and planes and glass". Put out by the very fine folks at AMPS.

Friday, June 3, 2016

And Now Nor Something Completely Different: The Flux Family Font

It's not a geographic experiment exactly, although it started from a project regarding the San Joaquin Valley here in California. So maybe.

Expected completion date: Late 2024.







Monday, May 30, 2016

Interchangeable City Surface Modules of Detroit and Stockholm 04.3 @ In_Sight On_Site: Beyond Function @ the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

An exhibit at the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter. As they say, it's "an opportunity for architects and designers to showcase their talents beyond their design concepts for the built environment. Through this curated exhibition, AIASF aims to highlight the richness and diversity of the local interdisciplinary design community." With:

Paul Baird, Carol Inez Charney, Morgan Conolly, Mary Anne Cradeur, Mallory Scott Cusenbery, Thom Faulders, Future Cities Lab, Adam Marcus, Marmol Radziner, Jeremy Mende, Topaze Moore, Daniel Morago, Chris Naughton, Max Pierson, Brian Singer, Joshua Singer, Steven Steinberg, Monica Tiulescu, Clark Thenhaus, Mahsa Vanaki, Sherry Williamson, Daniel Winterich.




Friday, April 15, 2016

"Maps, Tape, Video, Paper: Design as Performance & Performance as Discourse" Different Data presentation at VCUarts!

The Different Data Group had the opportunity to visit VCUarts hosted by the Department of Graphic Design (shout out David Shields) in remarkably fabulous Richmond VA. On Thursday April 7 gave the lecture "Maps, Tape, Video, Paper: Design as Performance & Performance as Discourse", at the beautiful VCUarts Depot where we discussed examples of our projects in Detroit and Stockholm and elaborated on our interests, including, but not limited to: counter-design methodologies; data as narrative; narrative as method; method as design; design as performance; performance as discourse; collaboration’s  joys, pitfalls and pratfalls; the pratfalls associated with the word critical; criticality as a counter-design methodology.

The next day we visited the senior Gdes class co-taught by Nicole Killian and Lauren Thorson and gave some questionable advice to the students frantically working to finish their senior projects.

Great program and great people. We are very glad to have had the opportunity.

Hey, that's a lot of people.

Monday, March 7, 2016

“Creating Landscape Fictions as Narrative in Digital Space: The ‘Interchangeable City Surface Modules of Detroit and Stockholm’” at 10th Annual Indiana University Landscape, Space, and Place Conference

A presentation of the video "Interchangeable City Surface Modules 04-2" at the small yet mighty Indiana University Landscape, Space, and Place Conference.

The video was created in its first version as part of an exhibition installation at Nordes 2015. This project hacks representations of geographic space constructing new (and impossible) landscapes that question perceptions of time and space and ask that we consider how a map is a landscape and how a landscape is many places and times. The video integrates and layers historical maps and 3D models to create a virtual and conceptual landscape that shapes an urban space as semiotic, diachronic, and diageographic. It is a landscape of two cities, connected through structural (in the formal not physical sense) mechanisms and are ultimately interchangeable via certain nodes and attractors. The video continues to evolve into new forms creating systems by which the two cities are inextricably interconnected.

It is a continuous work in progress.



Scene from Interchangeable City Surface Modules 04-2 from Joshua Singer on Vimeo.

Friday, August 7, 2015

NOPLACELAND of NOQUO of DesignInquiry 2015

My contribution (remotely, I'm afraid) to DesignInquiry's collaborative project NOQUO on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine.

My project is a story (about an island that is actually many islands all occupying the same place (with images and maps)), that is really about making stuff and how the place in the story and maps is really connected to other people and places and times and how we tend not to see that because we are really very committed to the way the world appears to us.

Really.

The final outcome is a small publication, yet to be printed, but can be viewed here.