limits of (remote) control

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School
for Design presents the North American premiere of Lazy Bytes



Twistymote

Twistymote, by Hilal Koyuncu, Leif Percifield, Francisco Zamorano

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos of additional remote designs available for download here

Limited Run! October 24-October 31, 2013
Opening reception: Oct. 24, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
Parsons The New School for Design
www.newschool.edu/sjdc

Ocotber 21, 2013 -- Why are we attached to a vase, a cup, or a lamp, but seldom to a television remote control? All of these objects serve a practical function at the heart of the living room. Four leading design schools from around the world – Parsons The New School for Design, the Royal College of Art in London, ECAL in Lausanne, and ENSCI – Les Ateliers in Paris – worked together to reinvent the remote.

The exhibit of their designs, Lazy Bytes, makes its United States debut this week at Parsons The New School for Design’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center after a successful run in London earlier this year.

Sixty years after its creation under the name “Lazy Bones,” the remote control remains relatively unchanged. Until now, visions of the evolution of remote controls have focused on performance; however, to truly make a device for the future, thinking about what a device means is as important as thinking about what a device does.

With 63 projects, 29 of which were selected for the exhibition, Lazy Bytes opens the field for reflection with its amazing ideas, such as Rolling Control, which is based on an old game, or Zap, the book with conductive ink that combines handwriting and digital control. Also presented here are concrete projects capable of changing our lives in the near future, for instance the small Free Hand that adheres to glass or a can to turn it into a remote control.

Functional versions of many of these projects are now being tested. These objects are not intended to replace the previous generation of multi-function remote controls. They seek to propose an alternative, to create new experiences, and to create new relationships between the user and the devices that surround him.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos of additional remote designs available for download here

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Parsons The New School for Design
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2 West 13th Street, New York
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Parsons The New School for Design
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street, New York
Free

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons presents a video installation by smudge studio that examines the entangled infrastructures of nuclear waste transportation and the United States highway system. Generated from original documentation of nuclear waste storage facilities in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and New York, this meditation-in-motion punctuates the streaming highway system with its travelers’ encounters with nuclear waste transport, disposal cells, and sites of remediation.

Timber in the City
October 24-31, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 24, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Parsons The New School for Design
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue, New York
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries Hallway - 66 Fifth Avenue.

Parsons The New School for Design, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council present an exhibition of the winning proposals of the Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition, which challenged participants to design a mid-rise, mixed-use complex with affordable housing units, a job training/educational facility, a center for innovative manufacturing of wood technology and a distribution center in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons The New School for Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board Chair Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Lyn Rice Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. For more information please visit www.newschool.edu/sjdc.

Parsons The New School for Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, please visit www.newschool.edu/parsons.

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