2014

The Ups & Downs of Making Giant Hammocks

par Pierre

This summer, we were proud to assist the town of Lac-Mégantic (QC) in the process of reinventing itself. The town sadly gained notoriety in 2013, when a freight train derailment of 72 crude oil tank cars caused a massive fire that destroyed the downtown area and took 47 lives.

We were invited to join the rebuilding efforts by creating a path to connect Lac-Mégantic with its new town centre.

The town, having lost most of its public places, was in need of a space for gathering. Lac-Mégantic is world-renowned for its starry skies (Mont-Mégantic is in fact the first International Dark Sky Reserve). With this in mind, we created a set of giant hammocks (30 x 7 ft.) at the end of our foot-path, for people to come together and look at the sky. The hammocks offer a friendly public space for people to watch the stars, the clouds, soak up the sun, or have a picnic.

As Melissa recently mentioned, Daily tous les jours work has many different aspects. I never thought I’d one day be a weave-your-own-giant-hammock expert, but as we learnt a couple of things along the way, we figured we might as well share them.

So if you’re planning on weaving an oversized hammock for your oversized garden, this article might be the right place to start.

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Building an Amateur Intelligence

par Eva

There is an emotional layer to every building. Human stories make buildings more than just assembled hard materials. Imagine you could give a building an anthropomorphic voice – a voice that is sometimes grumpy, sometimes bored, sometimes giddy, to tell its story. The voice would moderate and comment on all the little daily occurrences and events that happened inside the building. Instead of just being an inner monologue, the building would actually talk to its audience over its radio show.

After falling in love with this idea, we set out to create an “Artificial Intelligence Radio”. We wanted to build a likeable smart agent – embodied by a charismatic radio show host voice – that could see, hear, sense its environment and take action by way of a spoken language based on internal reasoning, knowledge, and memories. We also wanted the public to take part in forming the building’s personality and intelligence. That combined with our dilettante approach to A.I., we rechristened the project to “Amateur Intelligence Radio”. Luckily, the acronym “AIR“ stayed the same.

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Living With Our Times: About Disciplines

par Melissa

We have been giving many talks and workshops lately, and exchanging with wonderful people from all fronts of the creative field: designers, artists, urban developers, engineers, curators, policy makers…

We are also currently trying to put a little more time in applying to competitions, grants, and R&D funds. Having to fit our projects into defined categories can get pretty frustrating at times. None is ever really a perfect fit, and the whole exercise also feels contradictory with our approach. After all, most agree that innovation happens in between disciplines.

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We pause now to think about the future: What it takes to change, Dtlj at Ars Electronica

par Melissa

Just got back from Linz.

The Future Innovators Summit gathers people from all over the world in order to collaborate and exchange ideas over 2 very full days. The exploratory theme this year at Ars Electronica was: What it takes to change.

Dtlj was joined by Nova Jiang, Anshul Tewari, and Reyes Tatsuru Shiroku. Respectively, we come from Canada, New Zealand, India, and Japan. Together we combined our affection for robots, social start-ups, placemaking and interactive arts. The summit started with a broad discussion prompted by topics such as nuclear power, the USA, the grid, conflict, sex, handwriting, and golf. We landed on the idea of empowerment through productive conflicts.

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Prepping songs for the Giant Sing Along

par Michael

One of our ongoing projects is the representation of a large-scale outdoor karaoke, Giant Sing Along.

Just launched once more at the Minnesota State Fair, we held an online poll in preparation asking the public what songs they would like to sing. Based on suggestions, we produced a number of new videos to add to the existing repertoire. There’s a lot of love in every single video we prepare. The more love, the better the seamless sing-along.

In creating our own videos, for a couple of weeks each summer, everybody at the studio has these great tunes running on loop through their heads. Sometimes leading to incessant humming. Sometimes driving co-workers bananas. Sometimes sung at 1/2 speed.

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How do you R+D+Play?

par Eva

Soon the stars will all magically align and everyone here at Daily TLJ will be “out of production” at the same time. This is an anomaly, because usually production phases of projects overlap endlessly so we never really get a breather. But after having installed, presented, and pushed-out about 7 works this year already, we are now moving towards conception and ideation on several upcoming projects. This also gives us the opportunity and freedom to rethink the way we work, play, and invent.

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Faily tous les jours on Amateur Intelligence Radio (AIR)

par Melissa

Lately I randomly found this footage while searching for other things. I quickly put together a short video as a present for Mouna. The note said: We are always working and this is what we look like #failytlj. It was meant as a nice gesture.

Whenever something goes wrong while making a project, the words Faily tous les jours come out. Pretty much all of us at the studio earned Failytlj trophies at some point.

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Counting Swing Cycles

par Eva

A curious thing about the physics of a swing is that the amount of time it takes to swing a full cycle is independent of your mass or of how high you are swinging. People can synchronize and get melodic rewards ♫♫ on our swings, even if one person swings dangerously high and the other timidly low. Their swing cycle times are theoretically the same because a swing acts as a simple pendulum – a mass attached to a pivot – and all you need to calculate a pendulum’s cycle time is the length of the pendulum and the local acceleration of gravity.

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The Swings are on tour!

par Antoine

The first public launch of The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation installation is taking place at the Green Box Arts Festival in the beautiful Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. Locals and visitors will be able to swing in this new musical experience from June 23rd to July 13th 2014.

We’re booking new touring destinations around the world now. If you’re interested in finding out more and in hosting The Swings in your city for a special event, get in touch with Fady for full details.

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