We have spend last two weeks in Pittsburgh, working with the whole team (Auke Touwslager, Murray Horne, Janez Jazbar, Ales Vrhovec, Robert Unetich, Dick Campbell & the local production team) on installation and fine-tuning of our first permanent outdoor public space installation.
We are very thankful to The Cultural Trust of Pittsburgh who has commissioned us the piece, in particular to Murray Horne - curator of the Wood Street Galleries who supported us even when going through the toughest technical development problems. With this installation we have been able to explore many challenges and with the help of Robert we got even deeper submerged in the beautiful word of RF.
Special thanks to engineers the Robert, Janez & Ales for their knowledge and enthusiasm.
More pictures on CPD Facebook page.
November 2010 | Fresh from the press
I have designed another CD for the female chamber choir Čarnice. This CD concludes a project with conductor Sebastjan Vrhovnik, bringing the thematically rounded selection of Romantic Era compositions (including the complete opus of F.B Mendelssohn for female choir) and several live recordings from concerts and competitions.
October 2010 | VAL
Vokalna akademija Ljubljana has asked me to design their first CD. I have decided to try generate some nice patterns using the Chladni plate. It was a lot of fun and the design came out pretty nice.
October 2010 | Updates
We have been posting updates about the Pittsburgh installation on the CPD Facebook page.
June 2010 | Googled!
The Cultural trust of Pittsburgh commissioned us a large scale public space installation for their new open air gallery behind Benedum Centre for Performing Arts.
While browsing the neighborhood of the location with Google Street View we ran into this: :D
February 2010 | The Franklin Institute installation
The Cell Phone Disco piece for The Franklin Institute instantly became one of the most admired exhibits of the electricity hall.
AOL travel even featured Cell Phone Disco as one of the 16 images of Philadelphia - next to Liberty Bell, Rittenhouse Square & Philadephia Museum of Art.
December 2009 | Cell Phone Disco at The Franklin Institute
The production of the CPD piece for the new permanent exhibition at the Franklin Institute is finished! Improved electronics, wonderful density of (3888!) sensors and a surface of 3.6 by 4.8 meters. The crate has already arrived to the States. We are traveling with Auke to Philadelphia next month to set it up. More pictures are following soon!
December 2009 | Urban Screens 09
We participated at the Urban Screens event organized by Network Cultures. In the session “The Mobile Screen” we have presented Cell Phone Discoo and participated in panel discussion with Martijn de Waal, The Mobile City (NL), Nanna Verhoeff, Utrecht University (NL) and Annet Dekker, Goldsmiths and Virtueel Platform (NL); moderated by Jan Simons, UvA
November 2009 | River Information Services (RIS) portal
The new RIS portal is live! The European Union has set up an Europe-wide framework for the implementation of the RIS concept. The framework aims at ensuring compatibility and interoperability between RIS systems at European level and achieving effective interaction between different information services on waterways.
Megla designed the graphic identity for the RIS project, including derivative identities for the expert groups and the overall design of the portal.
The team consisted of
Nora Schmorak & team (Rijkswaterstaat - Dutch Ministry of transportation); client - project management, content creation & coordination
Auke Touwslager (Informationlab) - coordination, consultancy and information architecture
Davor Hrg & team (CRUP) - development, based on Drupal
October 2009 | New books!
Another two medical books on the shelf: Pharmatogenetics of Irinotecan and Oxiliplatin in advanced colorectal cancer by Dinemarie Kweekel and Prevention of Resistance in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia; The Role of Combination Therapy by Wendy Deenik.
September 2009 | Expertisecentrum Journalistiek
In September 2009 we launched a website for the new “Expertisecentrum Journalistiek” (ECJ). As in-depth journalism is required for a strong democracy, the Amsterdam based expert center took upon a mission to support and encourage critical journalism in The Netherlands. The ECJ is supported by The University of Amsterdam and family Sijthoff.
We started from scratch - designing everything from the graphic identity on. The website is Drupal based, development was in hands of Courtney Miller (Floatleft), Auke Touwslager (Informationlab) took care of the information architecture. The website integrates an advanced system for management of participants of the activities organized by the ECJ.
February 2009 | Lightwave
We’re pleased to announce that Cell Phone Disco is part of the LIGHTWAVE exhibition at the Science Gallery, Dublin.
Now in its second year LIGHTWAVE gives an unique chance to experiment with illumination in the company of a bright and buzzing community of scientists, engineers, philosophers and techno-artists who are passionate about the visible spectrum. From January 23-31st the LIGHTWAVE festival will thrill and delight Dublin city, and the LIGHTWAVE exhibition will continue until February 20th.
After WIRED NextFest’08 in Chicago and the 3rd International Contemporary Art Biennale, Seville we have initiated a development of a new sensor and have build a new modular installation. We started working with engineers Janez Jazbar and Ales Vrhovec and the results are very promising. We managed to boost the sensitivity substantially, have improved the brightness of the installation and embedded new kinds of responsiveness. The installation works beautifully and is extremely light weight and easy to build up. In coming months we will be showing it at NEXT no. 6 in Århus, Denmark and YOU_ser 2.0 at the ZKM Media Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany.
January 2009 | 2008
2008 has been a good year. We moved the studio to the new location with an amazing view, we travelled with Cell Phone Disco to Pittsburgh, Chicago, Sevilla and Novo mesto, spend some summer weeks in Slovenia, developed a whole new version of CPD and I worked with Auke on several web projects. But the best of all - 2008 brought us a beautiful little baby girl. It’s definitely a year I will never forget.
February 2008 | Cell Phone Disco in Pittsburgh
We were invited by Wood Street Galleries, operated by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which has an impressive list of featured multi-disciplinary artists from all over the world, to exhibit Cell Phone Disco in the exhibition entitled “Urban Living”
The gallery it’s located above the T-station at Wood Street and Sixth Avenue making it already on itself an interesting cross section of urban flows and art.
January 25 - April 5, 2008
With numerous construction projects underway, Pittsburgh’s new downtown
residents look forward to many options for shaping their domestic,
professional and social lives. “Urban Living” offers perspectives and
propositions spanning technological and environmental issues that impact and
energize urban culture.
Artists include: Pascal Glissmann & Martina Höfflin, Informationlab (Ursula Lavrencic, Auke Touwslager), Sabrina Raaf, Roman Kirschner, France Cadet
February 2008 | MOVED!
Megla has moved to a new office with a refreshing view over the waters of Het IJ.
Our new address is De Ruyterkade 128, 1011AC Amsterdam.
September 2007 | HUIS has opened!
Over the summer we designed an exhibition for Villa Zebra childeren museum in Rotterdam. The opening was on September 14th, just as we were exhibiting Cell Phone Disco in Los Angeles. The ‘The Kids Daily’ published some photos here.
Our design was based on rotated geometry, central room with 16 doors and semi-transparent walls. We also contributed a design for the “kitchen” where childeren use over-head projectors to draw their own interior, we only placed a pan and a flying pancake in the space.
Mees en Femke making pancakes in a own-design kitchen.
September 2007 | Cell Phone Disco at Wired NextFest
Next week Auke Touwslager and myself are traveling to Los Angeles to present a new 8 meter long Cell Phone Disco at Wired NextFest. We will be standing in the “Future of Communication” pavilion. If you happen to be in LA in that time, make sure to drop us an email, we have some tickets available for our relations.
September 13 - 16, 2007
Los Angeles Convention Center
South Hall (J And K)
photo by Max Glanville, courtesy of Contemporary Museum, Baltimore
July 2007 | Two more books.
New on the bookshelf: Kirsten Schimmel, ph.D.: The Cytotoxic Drug Cyclopentenyl Cytosine and Dennis Hesselink, ph.D.: Optimization of Calicineurin Inhibitor Treatment.
In past years Megla specialized in design of scientific books, mainly ph.D. thesis books (proefschriften). Also for Kirsten and Dennis Megla took care of the total production process; from first to last page, including printing and invitations. Megla enjoys working with scientist for their clear perspective, good taste and their unquestionable respect for deadlines :) Good luck with your presentations Kirsten and Dennis!
On june 1st an exhibition entitled (in)visible sounds is opening at Montevideo - dutch institute for media arts. We will present Cell Phone Disco as it was shown in Baltimore earlier this year.
> (in)visible sounds, 02-06-2007 / 14-07-2007
photo by Max Glanville, courtesy of Contemporary Museum, Baltimore
May 2007 | Workshops and exhibition for Villa Zebra
For Villa Zebra, a children museum in Rotterdam, Megla and Informationlab have prepared a series of architectural workshops for children between age of 9 to 12. We are drawing and building and having a lot of fun :)
During the summer we will also design an exhibition which will open in September. The theme is “House”.
> concept design of the exhibition HERE
May 2007 | Travels Through Paradise
Megla participated in Travels Through Paradise, miniature landscape exhibition, curated by Cynthia Hathaway at Platform 21 in Amsterdam.
21 April - 27 May 2007
“What does paradise look like? In your own miniature world, it’s up to you. Platform 21 asked train hobbyists, designers, artists, architects and students to build a fantasy miniature landscape in our round upperfloor space. Each one has one metre to make fantasy reality.
Model-building is a creative, imaginative process, but one whose popularity issteadily losing ground to the digital world, gaming, and prefab building products. Therefore Cynthia Hathaway, guest curator at Platform 21, wanted to shine a spotlight on this medium, which is important to hobbyists as well as professionals.
Visitors can make a cinematic trip through the 55-metre fantasy landscape. The train carries a camera which films the scenery rolling by out the window. Taking you on a life-size ride through paradise…”
With visions by: Albert Scholtheis, Anna Maria Cornelia de Gersem, Arno Verhoeven + Pirjo Haikola, Bart Wigger, Bas Sala, Ben Zegers, Bob de Mon (MSA), Cannell van Dien + Merel van Houts, Claudy Jongstra, Chris Kabel, Cynthia Hathaway, Daniel van der Veer, Ed Annink, Ed van Hinte, Edwin Vollebergh, Eefje Halters, Geert Bosch, Gerrit van der Meij, Gijs Huijgen, Guido Ooms, Guido Marsille, Hans Burtner (MSA), Hans op de Beeck, Ingo Giezendanner, Jaap Vriend (MSA), Jenske Dijkhuis, Jeroen Kee, Jeroen Visee, Jo Meesters + Jet Scholte + Harm Rensink, Johannes Sterk, Kim Adams, Kim de Regt, Lauriane Lasselin, Liesbeth Fit, Maria Blaisse + Thomas Reineke, Martine Mulder, Mees de Jong, Melle Smets, Mia Lerssi, Miranda Lossifidis(OMA), Next Architects, Nicolaï Jurgens, Nicolette Brunklaus, René Caspers, Saskia Beers, Sjoerd Kerkstra, Soul Matters, Studio Makkink & Bey, Ted Noten + Nienke Beers, Theun Karelse, Todd Falkowsky, Ursula Lavrencic, Yasser Ballemans
April 2007 | Quest for Arts Council England
End of april we presented the results of the Quest project. Quest was pre-brief project for two production companies in East Midlands (UK) organized by Arts Council England.
Together with 8 other designers from both the Netherlands and UK, Megla was chalenged to think about “Future of Time” for Smith of Derby and new underwater lighting techniques for BGB Engineering.
Megla teamed up with Sebastiaan Straatsma , dutch product designer. This very pleasent collaboration resulted in two interesting concepts and at the moment we are waiting to see how the follow-up will develop.
March 2007 | Olympisch Gebied Book
YDI published a book entitled Olympic Area (Olympisch Gebied, orig), among other featuring “Mijn Stadion” and “Pimp-up Mijn Markt” concepts that Megla developed in the framework of the Olympic Area project.
Young Designers & Industry organised this project for Municipaly of Amsterdam Oud Zuid involving 9 designers which developed versatile proposals for Olympic quarter of Amsterdam. Amsterdam held Olympic games between World Wars in 1928. The area on the edge of the center was forgotten for several decades but it’s currently undergoing a big redevelopment.
February 2007 | Awarded in Ljubljana
Slovenian development firm Imos and City of Ljubljana announced the results of the large-scale urban-architectural competition of the old Tobacco Factory Area (Tobacna tovarna, orig.) in Ljubljana, where our contribution got recognised with the 3rd prize.
Megla was working in the team of Elastik (with Igor Kebel, Mika Cimolini)
January 2007 | Cell Phone Exhibition opened in Maryland Contemporary Museum
Cell Phone: Art and Mobile Phone exhibition opened this Saturday at the Maryland Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. Curator Irene Hofmann selected Cell Phone Disco as one of a few dozen art pieces related to cell phone culture and technology.
“Cell Phone: Art and the Mobile Phone is the first museum exhibition in United States that explores the groundbreaking work created by artists today using cell phone technologies. This emerging art form, developing on the frontier of technological innovation, engages the tools, networks, and users of the mobile phone. Artists’ interest in mobile phone technology lies not only in producing artworks for individual handheld devices, but in the potential to create works that can be performed and participatory. Often created without the traditional systems of the art world distribution or exhibition in mind, these works look beyond the walls of gallery, the restraints of wires and cables and move art into the dynamic realm of mobility, interaction and global connectivity.”
Beatrice Valentine Amrhein (Paris), Blast Theory (London), Steve Bradley (Baltimore), Family Filter: Jonah Brucker-Cohen (New York), Tim Redfren (Dublin), Duncan Murphy (Dublin), Informationlab: Ursula Lavrencic and Auke Touwslager (Amsterdam), Paul Notzold (Brooklyn, NY), Mark Shepard (New York), URBANtells: Steve Bradley, James Rouvelle and Joe Rensel (Baltimore), Angie Waller (New York)
Baltimore Sun published a full page article about the exhibition on the cover of the Art&Entertainment section in it’s Sunday, January 21st edition.
December 2006 | Posters for REX
Megla designed posters for the traveling exhibition of REX Collection - folding furniture designed by Niko Kralj. Posters hang on the wall and continue on the floor to demarcate the space of the chair. RexCollection in this setting was first shown in framework of exhibition of Slovenian art and design at the International Cultural Centre Caisa in Helsinki.
December 2006 | Cell Phone Disco on tour.
Cell Phone Disco is travelling to Baltimore; from January 21 - April 22, 2007 it will be shown in Contemporary Museum, Baltimore as part of the exhibition: “Cell Phone: Art and the Mobile Phone”
Cell Phone Disco is also travelling to Berlin, where it will be lightning up Club Transmediale, January 25 - February 6.
December 2006 | Cell Phone Disco @ BrightLive
BRIGHTLive, a tech and lifestyle fair organized by Bright Magazine. was hosting CELL PHONE DISCO on 1st of December at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.
Many photos to find on Flickr.
September 2006 | New Coordinates
Megla has moved! From now you can find us at Jan Hanzenstraat 37, 1053 SK Amsterdam.
July 2006 | Cell Phone Disco opened!
CELL PHONE DISCO went into premiere at the Lamball Bakra exhibition opening last Friday at the Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam. > HERE some photos from the great opening party.
CELL PHONE DISCO is an experimental and playful installation made out of sensor equipped LEDs.
Multiplication of a mobile phone gadget, only slightly altered consumer product, creates a space to experience the invisible body of our mobile phone.
The installation has two parts:
Mobile aura: Electromagnetic radiation of active mobile phone sets off the LEDs in relative proximity. Light shadow follows the conversation through the space.
Mobile drawing: Cells with a lower sensitivity become a canvas for an inkless marker.
Moving the phone close to the cells leaves a trace of light, an electromagnetic drawing.
In collaboration with Auke Touwslager, Informationlab.
> MORE images and video HERE
Cell Phone Disco disco in online media:
July 2006 | Lamball Bakra
It’s fun to announce that another action with Auke Touwslager /Informationlab/ is soon to light up… Baschz invited Auke (who asked Megla to play along) to contribute a flickering light to the Lamball Bakra exposition in gallery Mama in Rotterdam.
> Baschz is publishing the photo’s of the “making of” HERE
“Showroom MAMA has invited Baschz as a guest curator to set up an exhibition about himself and his creative network. And that’s gonna be ill: many styles and many new works. ”
Opening July 21st!
June 2006 | MARK#3 is out!
The summer edition of MARK [another architecture] magazine is out, featuring 10 page contributon by Auke Touwslager & myself entitled “Mapping the Urban Landscape”. We present seven interesting projects which are mapping different aspects of our environment; time, noise, usage, elecromagnetic fields, communications…
“New maps have the ability to follow changes and to reveal human responses to new circumstances”
June 2006 | Innovatiekring
InnovatieNetwerk invited Megla to become a member of “Innovatiekring” (innovation circle) dealing with topics of healthy of society (Gezonde Samenleving). The first workshop/meeting took place on June 20 in Utrecht.
June 2006 | Over het Water
For the latest show of vocal theater group Angels Megla designed the PR material and program booklets. The show entitled overhetwater (Across the Water) took place at the unique location at NDSM werf in Amsterdam end of this month. Along with the show Angels released a new CD with the same title.
June 2006 | Megla at SLA
June started with a new alliance, Peter van Assche from Bureau SLA asked Megla to temporarely reinforce his team.
April 2006 | New Book of Joost Jongen, ph.D.
Megla designed the book of Joost Jongen: Neurotrophic factors in Spinal Pain Transmission. The medical public accepted extraordinary well the freshness of the design.
April 2006 | Camera Littera
Megla designed a new visual identity and produced a website for a young art historian Catherine Somzé. Camera Littera is a platform to publish Somzé’s work, the identity corresponds to the nature of her profession - focusing on ever different detail, emotion, message, color.
February 2006 | Čarnice new CD
Vocal group Carnice stated the new year with a release of a new CD - V kraljestvu palčkov (In the kingdom of dwarfs) conducted by Stojan Kuret. The central part of the recordings comprises the entire opus of Marij Kogoj for children and youth choirs composed between 1922 - 1923. Megla designed the CD cover using the illustrations of August Černigoj from 1922.
December 2005 | Crystalpunk Softscreen
In framework of “Crystalpunk workshop for soft architecture” Megla produced Softscreen.
A permeable flexible projection surface made out of paper, animated by airflow corresponding to the movement in the Crystalpunk room. An illuminated walk through volume, striped projection in the motion of underwater sea grass.
Watch videoclip /.mov, 4Mb/
September 2005 | Exhibition in Architectuurcentrum Haarlem
Megla is participating in the exhibition Gonnabeez - 9 promising young architectural practices offering their critical view on future in Architectuurcentrum Haarlem.
Together with Auke Touwslager we are presenting a selection of our work and our latest project; Re: VISIBLEINVISIBLE - a one time magazine containing a selection of projects from a variety of fields - locative, media, street art, psychogeography, spatial analysis, public space&place and more - offering a perspective over the edge of architecture.
The exhibition will be opened by Mr. Harm Tilman, on September 6, at 17.30 and will be open to public until October 15 2005.
> Review of the Gonnabeez exhibition on Archined
June 2005 | Cirque de Désirs
Megla designed program book and postcards for the newest show of female vocal group Angels
June 2005 | Narava Slovenije / Nature of Slovenia
The corporate identity for the permanent exhibition at the new building of Slovene Museum of Natural History was successfully presented to the museum staff. The corporate identity will be used to design graphic part of the exhibition as well as for the external communication. The lead theme of exhibition is water - the visitor will follow the flow of water through different biotops of Slovene landscape.
April 2005 | Website for Entrepot
Together with Auke Touwslager ( Informationlab ) Megla designed a webspace for the community of owners of the Entrepot building in Rotterdam. The webspace is build on open source technology and offers the users total freedom in generating the content of their community site.
April 2005 | House style and press material for Rex
For Impakta Megla designed new house style for the line of REX chairs. We also designed their press materials for this year Salone del Mobile in Milan. Rex was designed 50 years ago by Niko Kralj and is considered a design classics. The production has recently been reestablished.
February 2005 | Calendar for Audax
Megla designed a new promotion calendar for Audax - computer and product engineering company based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
February 2005 | Communicating EALE2005
In February we launched a new website for 22nd Annual Conference of European Association for Law and Economics, which will take place in September 2005 at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Megla also designed posters and is preparing other communication material for September.
January 2005 | Megla in ‘Celebrate Food’ book
Innovation Network published a book ‘Celebrate Food’ where you can among other read about S_Market designed by Megla. S_Market is a strategy for a different supermarket where health and good taste are in first plan and the consumer stands central, where the latest technology is used to bring emotion and help you regain the forgotten knowledge about food. The book was launched at the “Fruitful Interactions” event which took place in Utrecht (NL) on 19th of January. You can request the book or more info about this project by sending us an email
December 2004 | CD APZmešani (APZ mixed)
Megla designed the new CD of renowned Academic Choir of University of Ljubljana. “APZmešani” is bringing some of the best recordings from 1999 - 2002 while the choir was conducted by Stojan Kuret.
November 2004 | REXevolution exhibition
Megla designed the catalogue and posters for the exhibition REXevolution - Half a Century in a History of a Chair. The exhibition was organized by Trajekt, concept+design by Elastik and took place in Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, from October 26 - November 28 2004.
September 2004 | Second Prize at the architectural competition
Our proposal for the new Technological Park in Ljubljana (Slovenia) was awarded second prize. Megla made contribution to the facade design and presentation.
In collaboration with Tomaž Maechtig, Urša Vrhunc (Maechtig-Vrhunc arhitects) and Mika Cimolini, Igor Kebel (Elastik)
September 2004 | Kadett Loket at Cultuurnacht
Hard work at the follow up “Autopsie” workshops brought us to first public presentation of Kadett Loket. The capsule was used as information point at the Cultuurnacht in den Haag.
The KadettSlayers were: Césare Peeren and Ruben Arbib from 2012architecten, Jaroen van Nieuwenhuizen from Move You, Lidewij Tummers and Daniëlle van der Waard from Tussen Ruimte and Ursula Lavrencic - Megla
September 2004 | Autopsie workshop follow up II
Using two Opel Kadett’s we created a unit where four people can work - selling tickets and providing information. We named it ‘Kadett Loket’. Megla was among other working on coloring.
More about work in progress here.
August 2004 | Autopsie workshop follow up I
Autopsie workshop continued with a goal to create mobile/transportable capsule, which could be used at public events as a ticket sale point. Megla enjoyed exploring the posibilities of merged vehicles.
June 2004 | Health & the future of food retail
Megla participated in Young Designers and Industry project, edition 2004. We were working on the quest by Innovation Network. Presentation took place on June 18th in the building of Het Veem teater in Amsterdam.
Innovation network invited several participating designers, among them Megla, to continue working on the concepts. The intention is to synchronize the concepts and prepare a presentation for a circle of professionals from the field of food retail industry in November 2004.
June 2004 | TechnoScrap in russian press
Russian magazine about architecture, design and art “LE Magazine” published an article on TechnoScrap entitled “Cyber Rebirth”.
June 2004 | Autopsie workshop
Megla was invited to participate at the “Autopsie” workshop organized by 2012 Architecten In the scope of their Recyclicity activities we were looking at the possibilities of car waste.
This was the first workshop in the series of three, which will conclude with an exhibiton/public space intervention in Rotterdam in September 2004.
May 2004 | TechnoScrap at Designmai, Berlin
Megla was invited to represent Slovenia at Designmai, a design festival in Berlin, Germany. Three TVlamps were presented in the EU+ exhibition at the main Designmai location.
May 2004 | Rabobank Navigator Launched
In cooperation with European Design Centre Megla designed and developed Rabobank Navigator, an interactive map viewer. This user friendly tool is used for internal presentations by Rabobank Nederland.