design futures

25: Oded Ezer

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In this episode, I talk to experimental typographer Oded Ezer about animated gifs, Arctic Monkeys, retreating to the sea, painting the moon, and eliminating nationalities in the name of living in harmony.

Oded is a graphic artist, “mad type scientist” and conceptual artist (known as “Cat Chap”) based in Tel Aviv. His notable typographic works are wide-ranging in their investigations, touching on technology, religion, politics, pornography, mythology, the Middle East, and even chewing gum.

“I use typography in order to say things about our life.”

—Oded Ezer

He founded the Hebrew Typography type foundry in 2004, and has exhibited widely, most notably a series of short films at the V&A in London and MoMA in New York.

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Photos: We Are Family (2015). Typography / Tipografya (2004). The Essentials of Socialization, by Cat Chap (2015). Oded Ezer.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Typography – Jim Dandy
Miles from Nowhere – Cat Stevens
The Smile On Your Face – Little Ann
Ludlow St. – Julian Casablancas
Left Hand Free – alt-J
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Oded Ezer: The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Oded Ezer
On Yona Wallach
The Medium is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan
Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, by Gilles Deleuze

Watch List
5 Films About Christo and Jeanne-Claude

 

12: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

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In this episode I talk to designer, artist and author Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg about hanging out with Brian Eno, riding a horse through the streets of London, and the digestive tract as a new space for design.

“Moral questions aside, what are the social, political and economic frameworks that surround any emerging technology?”

—Daisy Ginsberg

Daisy uses experimental design approaches to explore the social, political and ecological implications of emerging technologies, primarily those related to synthetic biology. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Royal College of Art in London.

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Photos: E. chromi, The Scatalog, by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & James King. Designed evolution, from Design Taxonomy, by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Very, Very Hungry – Brian Eno/David Byrne
Nattura – Björk
Artichokes – Maps & Atlases
Homecomputer – Señor Coconut
Walk On the Wild Side – Lou Reed
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Codex Seraphinianus, by Luigi Serafini
Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature, by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Jane Calvert, Pablo Schyfter, Alistair Elfick and Drew Endy
Synthetic Biology Could Use Some Questions From Humans, Wired UK

Watch List
Daisy at What Design Can Do
Daisy at PopTech!