Blogs Media Lab Eric Ishii Eckhardt

New Media Designer at the Walker from 2002-2006. Currently a freelance designer based in Brooklyn

Marek Walczak, MW2MW & Kinecity recent work

Interactive Architecture has a lengthy article on Marek Walczak’s recent work The article touches on the Podium Light Wall made for 7 World Trade Center and the Shimmer Wall, a video wall that represents sunlight shimmering off the Hudson River for the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Don’t miss the Dialog Table which […]

Marek Walczak, MW2MW & Kinecity recent work

Interactive Architecture has a lengthy article on Marek Walczak’s recent work The article touches on the Podium Light Wall made for 7 World Trade Center and the Shimmer Wall, a video wall that represents sunlight shimmering off the Hudson River for the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Don’t miss the Dialog Table which […]

Botanicalls

I just saw Botanicalls at the ITP Winter Show. It is a cell phone information system that connects people and plants. A person can call a plant on their phone and get information about the species of plant and check if the plant needs watering. On the other hand a plant that needs watering or […]

I just saw Botanicalls at the ITP Winter Show. It is a cell phone information system that connects people and plants. A person can call a plant on their phone and get information about the species of plant and check if the plant needs watering. On the other hand a plant that needs watering or more sun can call a person up and ask for help. When the plant gets successfully watered it calls again to say thanks.

Botanicalls

Mori Art Center Signage

While i was digging through old video for my last post i found these. I usually pay attention to the signage in museum lobbies and entrances, especially when it involves some sort of media presentation. I was pretty excited to see what the Mori Art Museum would do with their lobby. As you can see […]

While i was digging through old video for my last post i found these. I usually pay attention to the signage in museum lobbies and entrances, especially when it involves some sort of media presentation. I was pretty excited to see what the Mori Art Museum would do with their lobby. As you can see from this video it is straight forward and dull at the desk. I was expecting something a more experimental and fun like the MoMA did with their desk. They did have a large back projected screen in the corner of their lobby that was integrated into the architecture, it was just showing a still slide show and when I tried to take video of it their very attentive gaurd shooed me away (but you can still see it a little).

Front Desk of Mori Art Center

Mori video signage and gaurd

Notion Organize Project at Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills, an upscale shopping mall in the Aoyama district of Tokyo has an integrated media component called Notion Organization Project. I’ve been meaning to write something about it since my visit to Tokyo earlier this year unfortunately I could not find many articles written in English so I’m relying heavily on my poor Japanese […]

Omotesando Hills, an upscale shopping mall in the Aoyama district of Tokyo has an integrated media component called Notion Organization Project. I’ve been meaning to write something about it since my visit to Tokyo earlier this year unfortunately I could not find many articles written in English so I’m relying heavily on my poor Japanese skills and translation programs.The project consists of LED screens on the outside facing Omotesando Street. The LED wall is low resolution but large scale so close up it image seems like a rather disconcerting jumble of flashing screens. From across the street or down the block however the illuminated wall is quite striking. Legs in sillouette are the most interesting video, the display alternates between that and an abstract color wash. At first I thought the pedestrians walking by on the side walk were creating the visuals above. That proved to be an illusion but brought to mind the Podium Lights or Memory Wall projects which would be very interesting to see in a busy space like this.

Video taken from a pedestrian bridge over Omotesando Street.

This is a close up view of the LED wall, you can see it is quite low resolution but very large.

Inside the project continues as a projection of light and image from the ceiling. There are directional speakers playing layers of music and natural sound effects, which i suppose is soothing and condusive to shopping. Both the projection and directional speakers are on motors which allow them to trace a path up and down the malls long stairs creating an effect of water cascading down. The imagery on the interior projections is close up video of the famous trees lining Omotesando Street and nearby rivers. Theatrical lights provide color which changes to reflect the current season. Unfortunately they wouldn’t let me take any video of the inside but there are some photos of it on their site. The effect indoors is less spectacular than the outside but it is mesmerizing if your walking down the long stairs.

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Congratulations on the wedding and an amazing cake.

New Media had a mini-renunion last weekend to celebrate a very special occasion. Brent got married. That alone is big news for us but imagine our surprise to see his wedding cake all over the internet the next morning. In case you missed it (already posted on Boing Boing, Joystiq, Flickr, etc) here are some […]

New Media had a mini-renunion last weekend to celebrate a very special occasion. Brent got married. That alone is big news for us but imagine our surprise to see his wedding cake all over the internet the next morning. In case you missed it (already posted on Boing Boing, Joystiq, Flickr, etc) here are some pictures of their amazing Mario & Princess cake. Congratulations Brent and Annette!

mario cake

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Interactive Study Stations in Hiroshima

I recently visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the nearby Hall of Atomic Bomb Victims, on a whole it was an emotionally powerful experience but I’ll limit my writing to the technology used throughout to enhance the experience. The Peace Memorial Museum and the Hall of Atomic Bomb Victims serve two different missions and […]

I recently visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the nearby Hall of Atomic Bomb Victims, on a whole it was an emotionally powerful experience but I’ll limit my writing to the technology used throughout to enhance the experience.

The Peace Memorial Museum and the Hall of Atomic Bomb Victims serve two different missions and thus have very different exhibits and feelings which understandably carry through in their approaches to technology. The Peace Memorial Museum uses technology now considered traditional in many museums (audio guides, push button AV, animatronics, creative lighting etc.) to tell stories of people and the city. In contrast The Hall of Atomic Bomb Victims is a venue to research and document the experiences of individual bombing victims. There are dozens of interactive research stations which visitors to search databases audio, video, text, journals, official documents, news reports in many different languages. The stations serve a scholarly research oriented function which is a refreshing change of pace from the high tech edutainment found in many contemporary museums. In fact these study stations have about zero entertainment value on their own but are incredibly useful to the serious researcher and the casual visitor.

When you enter the hall (free admittance) they hand you a brochure and ask you which language you prefer. Extra brochures are available on stands throughout the hall.

brochure with code

You may notice the small barcode on the brochure. Similar to the QR codes seen on ads and in magazines throughout Japan. Unfortunately I didn’t have a phone equipped to read QR codes so I couldn’t find out if there was a phone/internet tie in.

The brochure is inserted into one of the many study stations like this.

Pamphlet inserted into table

The brochure opens the content up in your chosen language.

There are stand up study stations in the lobbies and open areas:

a stand up study station

The main lobby has a video wall showing abbreviated records that are also available on the study stations.

Sit down stations are set up for longer more in depth video viewing and reading.

Room of study stations.

These sit down stations have pages of Japanese text on the table which is translated on the screens above. Visitors can be turn the physical pages which advances the on screen translation or they can use a simple set of buttons on the table. Related audio and video or other documents can be accessed with the buttons.

(I apologize for the poor quality of these photos but I couldn’t find anything better online)

Unfortunately I was left wanting a way to save the research I had done. Possibly onto a webpage accessible through the barcode or other access code on my brochure. Or at the very least a way to search all this content away from the museum in an online format. That said it’s certainly a site worth visiting if your anywhere nearby.

Links:

Hall of Atomic Bomb Victims

Peace Memorial Park

Changes in the New Media department

There are going to be some changes in the New Media department coming up. After 4 years of working here as a New Media Designer I’m off to New York to try my hand at freelance interaction design. My position is being filled by the very talented and capable Justin Heideman who is a fellow […]

There are going to be some changes in the New Media department coming up. After 4 years of working here as a New Media Designer I’m off to New York to try my hand at freelance interaction design. My position is being filled by the very talented and capable Justin Heideman who is a fellow MCAD alum, member of the Revolutionary Party and an all around good guy. I’m sure he’ll start blogging soon.

This is my last day in One Groveland but not my last post on the Walker blogs. My colleagues in New Media are going let me keep posting here, but anyone who wants to get in contact with me after today should use my other email (eric AT helveticore.com).

Waiting for a new office.

Robin and I were just working on the Hennepin Avenue Projection yesterday so we got to walk right by the new offices under construction. Here is Robin the Director of New Media Initiatives in her future space.

Robin and I were just working on the Hennepin Avenue Projection yesterday so we got to walk right by the new offices under construction. Here is Robin the Director of New Media Initiatives in her future space.

New Office

New Homepage.

Please join me in welcoming an updated homepage to the Walker’s site. The homepage incorporates the Walker’s new identity system and shows rotating list including highlights and upcoming events. We’ve also updated the first row of annoucements under the Flash movie to more prominently feature the blogs and give a short list of important links. […]

Please join me in welcoming an updated homepage to the Walker’s site. The homepage incorporates the Walker’s new identity system and shows rotating list including highlights and upcoming events. We’ve also updated the first row of annoucements under the Flash movie to more prominently feature the blogs and give a short list of important links.

Here is a screenshot of the new front of walkerart.org

Homepage 2006 (thumbnail)

and for archival comparisons here is the old one:

Homepage circa 2005 (thumbnail)

UPDATE

For further archival reference I posted a list of links to the homepages of years past on our NMI page.

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