Timepieces and the Toy Fair

Online Timepieces

One of my favorite timepieces is a
painting by Giacomo Balla. Balla, who was part of the Futurists Group,
became preoccupied with depicting
light, movement and speed in 1909. I love how the dog, human, and leash
are visible (unlike some of the Cubists work) and yet full of motion and life.

(click on the image to read more about Balla)

Krzysztof Wodiczko has created more than
seventy large-scale
slide and video projections of politically-charged
images on architectural façades and monuments worldwide since 1980.
I love watching the videos of his projections – they bring the
architecture to life and tell the stories of people affected by
traumatic events. This piece is, "Hiroshima Projection."

(click on the image to watch the video)
Krzysztof Wodiczko's Projection on the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan

Library Timepieces

Calendarium, 1476

From 1476 until 1486, Erhard Ratdolt worked closely with Bernhard Maler and Peter Loeslein to create the first totally printd book. In 1476, "Calendarium" was completed. As sceientists began to understand natural phenomena, fear and superstition were no longer such a huge part of people's lives – eclipses began to be recognized as predictable fact as opposed to black magic. This page (above), calculates the solar cycles – the two top circles were printed on heavy paper, cut out, and mounted over a larger woodcut with tape and a string. If I were presented with this piece I can't say I would understand how to use it but scientifically, I think it's briliant and graphically, I think it's beautiful.

(Information taken from Meggs' History of Graphic Design – by Philip Meggs and Alston Purvis)

Jenny Holzer,
Jenny Holzer was a participant in the "Time Square Show" in June, 1980. She started her "truisms" in 1977 – initially printing them but later displayed them electrinically.

"Holzer's manipulation of "almost" familiar phrases displaces the clear presence of a personal voice – the words seem impersonal, underscoring the essential emptiness of the media and the strange isolation of people from one another in this society of mass-culture cliches."

I love this piece because it uses somewhat modern technology (very modern for that time) to express an idea to the masses. I also love this piece for it's placement – I was just in Times Square last weekend and it's so interesting to see how technology has greatly altered that space.

(information and quote taken from, Art Since 1940, Strategies of Being – by Jonathan Fineberg)


Toy Fair


The Ollo toys (upper left) intrigued me because they could be built to move (using motors or the programming technology) or similarly to legos, they could be built as static structures. The overall aethetic of the toy was also interesting to me. They had a rough, robotic look but they still seemed cute.

The Swinxs game (upper right) is "an incredible new game console that can talk, explain games, recognize players and even referee." The woman at the booth spent some time explaining the toy to me and allowed me to watch the video presentation and ask a lot of questions. This is such an interesting, fun console that I wish I had grown up with!


The Wild Planet game (upper left) is such a cute game for small children. When I first got to the booth, the woman behind the desk wouldn't let me inside to see the toys (for confidentiality reasons) but because my friend works for Wild Plant, I asked for her and was allowed in. This game uses RFID chips to allow the child to place the mouse ears over the character and recognize when an answer is correct.

I took a picture of the stuffed animals (upper right) because I like the muted colors and materials used. These animals were created using recycled materials and all natural dyes. I think I would like to create this look for my final project.