You’ve got Moves

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Intrigued by the inherent connections between music and movement, designer Pieter-Jan Pieters created a new series of “instruments” which create sound based on everyday actions. His “Sound on Intuition” objects are all MIDI-controlled, simple forms making chosen noises as you tap your finger with one, wave your hand over it like a theremin with another, and even pick up your heartbeat with yet another stethoscope-like sensor. One more of Pieter’s machines allows you to trace over a sketch or drawing, as it emits sounds based on lines and shapes. All allow for new ways to make rhythmic music, whether you are musically inclined or not.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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