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Adele Chong, Timo de Rijk

Daan Roosegaarde
Interactive Landscapes

Design: Paul Swagerman, Illustrated (colour), Paperback, 160 pages, 20 x 27 cm
English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-754-6, € 35.00

In the autumn of 2010 Daan Roosegaarde is presenting Liquid Space in Enschede (the Netherlands) and Gdynia (Poland), the premiere of Lotus 7.0 at Le Cube in Paris, and Dune in Beijing, Toronto and Gdynia.

Daan Roosegaarde. Interactive LandscapesThe artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde creates interactive landscapes that respond intuitively to sound and motion. Interactive Landscapes, his first book, offers a futuristic perspective on everyday reality.

Daan Roosegaarde’s innovative works of art are a dynamic fusion of architecture, people, and e-culture. His sculptures, such as Dune, Liquid Space, Flow, en Intimacy, form tactile high-tech environments in which the viewer and the space become one. This link between design and content, between ideology and technology, is what Roosegaarde calls ‘techno-poetry’.

Roosegaarde is a trendsetter in the innovative movement known as New Dutch Digital Design, a group of artists who explore the boundary between the human and the computer. One characteristic work is Dune, an interactive dune landscape consisting of hundreds of LEDs. Lotus 7.0, which he recently presented in Paris, is a living wall; when visitors approach the installation, their body heat opens hundreds of foil blossoms. ‘We are at the dawn of a new nature,’ Roosegaarde says.

Interactive Landscapes includes a complete survey of Daan Roosegaarde’s projects to date, revealing the line of development in his oeuvre. The authors, Adele Chong (editor of Blueprint Asia) and Timo de Rijk (endowed professor of Design Cultures), have each contributed an essay on Roosegaarde's work. Chong focuses on Roosegaarde as an artist, and De Rijk draws on his expertise in product development and design to elucidate Roosegaarde’s innovative works of art.

In 2009, Roosegaarde won the Dutch Design Award for the best autonomous spatial design with his work Flow 5.0. He has been the focus of exhibitions at the Tate Modern, the National Museum in Tokyo, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and various public spaces.

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