The book “Se frem” is published in Danish on October 30, 2017. It deals with looking ahead and the need for a new enlightenment. In doing so it discusses the legacy of philosopher Immanuel Kant and shows how his ideas from the late 18th Century and now more relevant than ever, in science, ethics and the environment. The book is a grand tour of the universe, presently only in Danish. It covers the tsarry sky, the moral laws, the functioning of the ye, daydreams, quantum mechanics, weddings, categorical imperatives, commons and communitiues, antifragility, risktaking and the role of pedestrians in astronomy. With a little environment, solar eclipse and swimming in cold waters involved. And yes, it all hangs together!
“Se frem” menas “Look ahead” or just “Ahead”.
Light! by Tor Nørretranders and Olafur Eliassaon was published today.
The window of leading Copenhagen bookseller Arnold Busck has it on display at the popular pedestrian street Købemagergade in central Copenhagen.
Also visible in the window is Olafur’s Little Sun.
The new book on Light! co.-authored by artist Olafur Eliasson and myself, is already number 1 million on the bestseller list at Amazon.co.uk.
Pretty good to be a on the bestseller list, considering the fact that the book is not published yet. So nobody has had a chance to buy it.
Actually, ranking as number 1,054,689 on the bestseller list means that over 1 million books perform better in terms of sales.
But all that will change when the book is opublished and in the bookstoresfrom this Sunday, December 13 . Buy or preorder!
To be published Dec. 13:
Tor Nørretranders and Olafur Eliasson
Light! On light in life and the life in light
A visually moving and verbally hard-hitting criticism of modern light culture will be published in the darkness of December 13 when light starts to be celebrated at the Nordic Lucia day.
Together with artist Olafur Eliasson I have created an entertaining and thought-provoking book. Richly illustrated with the wonderful visual world of Olafur’s, the book is a rupture with low-energy light bulbs, designer lamps, overcast weather in the living room and bad lighting philosophy.
The book has three main strands: A main text (which I wrote); a series of quotes from long wlaks with microphones where Olafur and I discuseed light; and a series of about 70 images from Olafur’s world. Everything in four colours, beatifully printed.
The book is about:
What we see
Incandescent light bulbs
Life on Earth
Our daily food
Colours in the snow
What to do together
How should we light our lives and homes? How can we pay regard to the climate and our quality of life at the same time? Can LED and other new technologies help us? To find the answers, we need to ask what light means to being human.
In words and pictures writer Tor Nørretranders and artist Olafur Eliasson explore darkness and light, shadows and colours, lamps and light quality.
Light! discusses the tremendous possibilities open to us for bringing the light in our lives to life.
Olafur Eliasson (b.1967) is a Danish–Icelandic artist. He creates works that explore how we see light and how it affects us. Their simplicity and clarity derive from Olafur’s philosophical commitment to understanding sensory perception and and how we act in the world.
Tor Nørretranders (b.1955) is a Danish writer. His books explore the way we perceive the world and how it perceives us. The everyday cheerfulness of the language in the books derives from Tor’s theoretical commitment to understanding the nature and scope of knowledge and expression.
The two editions are exctly the same — except from the language.
Both the Danish and English version costs DKK 300 (≈ USD 44 or EUR 41).
204 pages, richly illustrated, hardbound.
Published by Forlaget Tor.dk
Available in bookstores – physical and on the web.
Now comes the solar charger for mobile phones
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Designer Jacob Jensen (1926-2015) was a wonderfully mad and gifted man who invented the Bang & Olufsen style of hi-fi in the 60ies: Apple design a few decades before Apple.
Jacob Jensen designs were elegant and simple, yet profound. They resulted from a penetrating investigation of the ways a user could and would interact with an industrial object. The noiseless and pleasing exterior of the hi-fi or the kitchenware would thus reflect a very deep understanding of what the user needed to know from the apparatus and what the apparatus needed to know from the user.
Therefore, the simplicity was the result of understanding many degrees of freedom inside the user and the apparatus being used.
This is much like the view from the legendary house in Hejlskov, northen Jutland, where Jacob Jensen did his best work: The view is the ocean, the sky and a strip of land. Simple, horisontal, and breathtaking.
The studio is now run by Jacob’s son Timothy, still harvesting an impressive number of international awards.
The welcome-note on the Jacob Jensen Design homepage (why I, BTW, drafted) says it all very nicely …
“Plain surfaces which, upon closer investigation, reveal a rich inner life. Clear lines and sharp borders inviting investigation. A delight to the eye, calm acceptance in the mind. An invitation to embrace. No, this is not a description of industrial products from Jacob Jensen Design, though it could be. It is a description of the view from the rather remarkable house where Jacob Jensen Design has been established for more than a quarter of a century. On a hill facing a bay in the Limfjord, industrial design is created so calm and clear in its message that one is tempted to interpret it as an illustration of the water’s reflection and the horizon which dominates the view from the studio. Don’t be fooled. Just as the water conceals myriad of biological activity with sea weed and mussels, fish and seal, a Jacob Jensen Design conceals any number of functions in a product. Whether it is a Hi-Fi system, a cable roll, a windmill or a humidity gauge, the clear and calm outer surface hides a whole lot. The secret behind this doubleness lies in the work process. Using an imaginative and laborious analysis of the product’s function, utility pattern, technical possibilities and the components of the material, Jacob Jensen Design arrives at a clear conception of what must be visible for the consumer, and what is not needed to be shown. All the unnecessary is hidden within the plain surfaces, which never the less invite the consumer to closer investigation and use. Clear lines – with something inside.”
A truly great design tradition initiated by Jacob Jensen who checked out last Friday.
Thanks to a great man.
Video of talk on commonities and the internet at a ParaLimes conference in Singapore, March 2-4.
Here is a video of a talk on the ideas of commonities (communities that govern commons) and its relationship to the origin of the Internet and the World Wide Web which all happened to be baser on a long tradition in The sociology of science that all began in Singapore, 1949, when physicist Derek de Solla Price noted something odd in his bedroom …
I gave the talk at a complexity conference and that explains the end of the talk addressing some issues in complexity. Apart from that the talk deals with issues like Samsø, renewable energy, gift-economy, civil society etc.
The Paralimes conference “Emerging Patterns” is part of the effort of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to create an interest and activity in complexity studies. The conference in early March featured a dozen speakers, including two Nobel laureates.
Annual Question on Edge
What do you think about machines that think? That is literary agent John Brockman’s question this year to an international group of outstanding and outspoken scientists, thinkers and writers. Every year, Brockman calls for answers to a pertinent question and share them on his terrific website Edge.org.
Answers are also this year many and varied — from ideas about machines as enemies to the helpfulness of thinking machine to how kids can help computers learn to think . My own thought: let’s show thinking machines some love, so that they can learn the way mammals do.
We are entering the final week of the exhibition The Heart of The Stone on Danish Arcihtecture Center in Copenhagen, ending Sunday Sept. 21st. It is open all days this week 10-17 — wednesday also open in the evening.
The exhibition is my take on what architecture is all about — with the wonderful works Lundgaard & Tranberg as the case to study.