ACT - MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room N51-390, Cambridge, MA.
Richard The is a graphic and interaction designer. After studying at University of the Arts Berlin and working at Sagmeister Inc., he is now working at the MIT Media Lab with Prof. David Small, and is part of the design studio The Green Eyl in Berlin. Richard focuses on new forms of visual expression that utilize computation, and design for new social interactions and situations. His work has been shown at Ars Electronica, Design Museum London and Experimenta Design Amsterdam. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, London Designs of the Year, Tokyo Type Director’s Club. Richard’s projects include:
The Whispering Table where one can explore similarities and peculiarities of diﬀerent food ceremonies playfully. Four unique festivities celebrated by people of diﬀerent cultures are assembled at a round table creating an archetypical scene of congregation.
Appeel is a virus spread by interacting individuals. Surfaces are covered by thousands of coloured stickers laid out in a grid. Peeling a sticker oﬀ leaves a white spot in the grid, people hence start individually and collectively changing its appearance. Once oﬀ the wall, the stickers ask to be sticked somewhere: people begin putting them on objects, walls, people, they collect them, they compose new images, they write messages. Slowly the little stickers spread, appearing further away from their source and occupying space.
Appeel inherits basic principles of interactivity and generativity applied to purely analogous means. Its immanent potential of penetrating regulated public and private space counterpoints its apparent plainness. The dot spreads with the promise to ironically mark its carrier as a symbol of sale and possession.