Hey trendwatchers! In today’s podcast, Cathi Bond talks about a gorgeous – and tiny – portable home by Leaf House, and a fellow named Laird Herbert. Small houses are picking up as a trend; could you see yourself living in one? (Via Jetson Green)
Nora Young mentions Springwise’s story about the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, which now accepts art by artists as barter payment for a night’s stay in the hotel. It has Nora wondering whether the barter economy could make the leap from peer-to-peer, to individual-business bartering. More on the barter economy from Business Week, here.
Finally Meagan Perry has created this very cool project called Stationary Groove. It maps what music people at different Toronto subway stations are listening to and offers up a playlist.
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In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond has a good news story. In honour of International Women’s Day, AyrSpace Gallery in the community of Ayr (Cathi’s home turf) used social media tools to put out the call for female artists for an exhibition. They had a great response from artists, and tons of support from people in the local community, to pull the whole thing off. If you’re in the area, drop in and check it out! She also wrote about it for Rabble.
Meanwhile, Nora Young wonders if cycling is reaching the tipping point as a fast, fit, and fun way to get around traffic-clogged urban centres. She points to the uptick in bike stores in town, as well as the news that Los Angeles, of all car-loving places, is launching a plan for 1680 miles of bike paths (via Gizmag). Here in Toronto, the news is that in spite of Don Cherry’s headline grabbing speech at Rob Ford’s mayoral investiture, there seems to be support for protected bike lanes (via Globe and Mail). Would you be more likely to ride a bike on city streets if the bike lanes were protected from traffic? Cathi also shares some shocking tales of a youthful trip up the Don Valley Parkway! Yikes!
Cathi also mentions SoundCloud, the very stylish site for sharing audio files. Nora mentions hearing radically slowed down pop songs that are just gorgeous.
So, the sniffer’s in a jam. The podcast continues to go out to anyone who is subscribed, but over at iTunes,it displays no new podcast episodes after July. We can’t figure out what the heck is going on. Do you have any ideas? Leave a comment or get in touch via cathnora [at] gmail [dot] com.
Now onto the business of the podcast. In this trendwatching episode, Nora Young talks about Google Art Project, your chance to tour some of the world’s great art galleries from the comfort of your mouse. The Guardian has an excellent write-up about it here. What do you think the applications for these virtual art worlds might be?
Meanwhile, Cathi Bond mentions her friends, Scott and Andrea, who have built a giant bookcase, and are committed to amassing a permanent, hardcover library in an age of disposable and virtual media.
What arts and entertainment do you want to protect in a permanent, durable, analogue format?
In this trendwatching podcast, Nora Young talks about Muji extending its brand into iPhone apps (via Core77). Yes, who needs another calendar app, but is this the future of marketing? The sketch app reminds Cathi of the Apple Newton. What do you use to sketch out ideas? Cathi loves her Moleskine and Nora’s now hooked on her Muji paper notebook. Nora talked about the advantages of paper on a recent episode of Spark.
Meanwhile, Cathi Bond talks about Jason Eppink’s electronic campfire (via PSFK). Cathi wonders why we don’t just have more real campfires, but Nora thinks it’s cool. What do you think?
In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond talks about Le Wif, the chocolate bar that you don’t eat….you smell. It’s being marketed through Le Laboratoire.
Nora Young mentions research into microrobots that use mag lev to manoeuvre. It’s a project of the University of Waterloo; read the press release here.
And, need some incentive to save water? How about a killer shower!! (via MocoLoco)
In this trendwatching podcast, Nora Young mentions the Northern Voice conference, where she heard Darren Barefoot give a talk about art and the profound online. It’s certainly not common, but examples of art online include PostSecret and WeFeelFine, which have the feature of repetition, and the collective experience of large numbers of individual perspectives. Cathi Bond mentions Snarg and Photosynth as examples of a similar sensibility, involving interactivity. Nora Young wonders whether video games like Jenova Chen’s might offer potential for interactive art.
Cathi Bond talks about Siemens’ new Magnetom Espree-Pink MRI for breast scans. (via Medgadget).
In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond and Nora Young discuss, not exactly trends, but novelties. Nora refers to research at Oxford University suggesting that if you see aching body parts as smaller, the pain diminishes. (via Scientific American)
Meanwhile, Cathi refers to a couple of takes on hallucinations in this Boston Globe article. In addition to being a fun party trick, it points out the role the brain plays in inventing the world around it. Nora refers to Gregory Berns’ book, Iconoclast, and her favourite artist, James Turrell, who she saw at The Mattress Factory.