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Political Posters – let the people decide how they look like

Last time i visited my parents i got a letter from the mayor of Linz. Soon there are elections, so i thought it will be just normal advertising for the SPÖ (Social Democratic Party of Austria).

But what i found was quite clever. There have been 6 proposals for posters with quotes from famous people. So the mayor asks the poeple of Linz to decide which poster they want to see in the streets of Linz.
You can pick your favourite one and send the letter back or can also choose one via internet.

Its a clever idea, you incorporate people/ electors from the beginning and they feel part of the campaign every time they see “their” poster in the streets.

Ars electronica 2009 – the MIT

During the ars electronica festival this year we also saw the exhibition IMPETUS of the MIT Media Lab. There have been really interesting projects, here are some….


Social Garden

Technology has allowed people to develop larger social networks than previously done. But as a result, we have more relationships than we can manage. Social Gardening explores using plants as metaphor for relationships, hoping to encourage us to tend our social connections like we do our garden. By tracking and analyzing communications through email, instant messaging, social websites, SMS, and phone, Social Gardening proposes to give feedback on how our relationships are flourishing or wilting. It may also provide a practical interface to browse and manage conversations and contacts.


Drawdio: Turn Almost Anything into a “Theremin”

Imagine you could draw musical instruments on normal paper with any pencil (cheap circuit thumb-tacked on) and then play them with your finger. The Drawdio circuit-craft lets you MacGuyver your everyday objects into musical instruments: paintbrushes, macaroni, trees, grandpa, even the kitchen sink…



is devoted to musical expression for everyone, from high level virtuosi to the general public, to children and families, and to promote health and wellness.

There are over 20 projects related to this theme, here one example:
Toy Symphony alter how children are introduced to music.



We believe that people have the right to know where things come from and what they are made of. Sourcemap is a platform for researching, optimizing and sharing the supply chains behind a number of everyday products.

Introduction to Sourcemap from Matthew Hockenberry on Vimeo.


Cherry Blossoms



Cherry Blossoms gives witness to the tragedy of war. The project starts in a backpack outfitted with a small microcontroller and a GPS unit. Recent news of bombings in Iraq are downloaded to the unit every night, and their relative location, to the center of the city, are superimposed onto a map of Boston. If the wearer walks into a space in Boston that correlates to a site of violence in Baghdad, the backpack detonates. A compressed cloud of confetti engulfs the scene, looking like a mixture between smoke, shrapnel and the white blossoms of a cherry tree. Each piece of confetti is inscribed with the name of a civilian who died in the war, and the circumstances of their death. With Cherry Blossoms human loss resonates beyond the boundary of conflict.


If you are interested in all the other projects from IMPETUS, which are not mentioned here, follow this link.

Ars electronica 2009 (part one)

Another time we went to see the Ars electronica Festival , which always takes place in Linz – which is by the way the European Capital of Culture this year!

Like always, the golden Nica and awards of distinction are given to projects in the sections digital music / hybrid art/ interactive art / digital communities / computer animation-film-vfx. Some projects this year have been better than others. Here the ones which impressed me most.

————- interactive art————-

default to public by Jens Wunderling is a project dealing with the discrepancy between people’s feeling of privacy on the web and the physical world. It consists of an ongoing series of objects and interventions linking the physical world to the online world in unexpected and narrative ways to create awareness for self-exposure. Information from the twitter network are displayed in another public environment.

Status Panel: Using your Twitter-Status for your doorbell

or Tweetscreen: Projecting tweets, which have been written near its own physical location on a large projection screen

————- digital communities————-

WikiLeaks is a website that publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive governmental, corporate, or religious documents, while attempting to preserve the anonymity and untraceability of its contributors.

See here the talk of Julian Assange at Ars Electronica on the value of journalism and WikiLeaks to the world.

————- digital music ————-

A funny concert we saw was NABAZ’MOB by Antoine Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Birgé.

“NABAZ’MOB” is an opera composed especially for 100 nabaztags, these are bunny featuring a WLAN internet connection which can communicate via voice, light signals and wiggling its ears. Its subject matter is the growing importance of teamwork, decision-making and control—and, simultaneously, the problems increasingly associated with them—in our ever-more-complex world.

————- hybrid art ————-

The New York Times Special Edition by Steve Lambert member of Because We Want It.

One week after Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, there appeared a perfectly counterfeited special edition of the New York Times reporting the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And that’s not all. The whole issue was devoted exclusively to good news, the kind of stories people would like to read on a daily basis. This paper, dated 9 months in the future, stands for the vision of a more righteous world.

————- animation ————-

Boris by Daniel Lundquist is an amazing animation film – the style, the story and the transitions between the images are very impressive.————- soon more on the ars electronica 2009 ————-

Here is a site we designed for our good friend Rainer Lipski.

Rainer is a Director of Photography who splits his time between Berlin and LA. We have been threatening doing something with him a few times. We would actually love to work with him, but the right project or the right timing never seemed to be there. But we will and we will let you know about it!

For now you can check his showreel out on

Rainer Lipski

Funny email

Ok – today is a funny day in general – but just right now we received this email from Amazon and it really made us laugh hard – so we thought we would share it with the world out there.

So – it´s an email in which amazon sends you recommendations for what to buy for Mothers Day this Year – cause its soon!

First thing in the list: A SHAVER FOR MEN from Braun, Phillips… – WTF?

Second, third thing in the list: TOOTH-PRODUCTS. Ok – better – this women can also use, but whose mum did such a bad job that she deserves tooth-products for the Mothers-Day?

Next things on the list: hair straightener, next a range of bandages and finally a product to remove the hairs from your leg………. hmm – not really nice either. See the screenshot below lol.

I think we stick to the good old flowers!

The Only Way Out Is Through

Mike Mills showed his work in Berlin at the Pool Gallery. The show is a kind of retrospect of Mills visual universe. The images, stories that shaped his way of seeing the world and influenced his work. A lot of pieces are centered around 1971 the year Mills turned 5 and thus real memory started for him. Here at fried-onions we are fans of Mill’s works, and the capacity he has to switch from one medium to another in what seems an effortless action. So no need to say we enjoyed the show. 

7th * 8th

On sunday you could look at the work of the fried-onion James Cox, who is the creator of our calendar . So a big thanks to him for encouraging us to do something together!

Today it is the day of Alex Castellote, who is very talented playing with words. Check out his fairy tale – but sorry, its only in spanish!!!

3rd of december

Today you can enjoy the work of Rainer Lipski in our calendar– who is also a close friend. He is an extremely talented director of photography. As soon as we finish his new site you will be able to check out all his work.
For now we leave you with a link to his agency – here you can watch most of his commercials.
Above one of the latest music videos he shot. Enjoy!

MUNK “Down in L.A.” Shazam Version

2nd of december

Today you will find in our calendar the work of Alex Klug – besides that he is a really good friend he is also an amazing all-around-genius-designer. Take a look at his work here:

Ars Electronica 2008 – A new cultural economy

After some days of conferences, concerts, performances and exhibitions in Linz we are back in Berlin. Here are some of the projects we saw which we think are really amazing.

The Image Fulgurator from Julius von Bismarck : Visual information can be smuggled unnoticed into the images of others.

We also saw great visuales from Evelina Domnitch (BY) & Dmitry Gelfand (RU/US) in which laser light scans the ever-shifting surfaces of a soap bubble. The resulting images look like the one below:

The performance Blue Remix by Yann Marussich and Andreas Kurz was magical, but also disgusting: blue liquids seep through the skin of Yann Marussich thus damaging the interior stir of his body.

The reactable is an amazing collaborative electronic music-instrument with a tabletop tangible multi-touch interface. Its adictive.

The “Replenishing Bodyan interactive video installation, consists of a grid of squares (5×5) which can each record a one-second loop of film. Funny and visually really nice!

And you can find all the conferences here

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