We collaborated with new media artist Joe Crossley to create an interactive light installation for the 2017 TEDxUbud. Constructed from bamboo and cloth, the giant bird could ‘listen’ to the people around it and react, changing colors depending on the volume and tone. TEDx attendees sang to it, spoke different languages and even chanted some deep ‘Om’s to create different patterns. Photos by Suki Zoe and Viktor Wang for TEDxUbud.
John Hardy speaking at TEDxBlackRockCity at Burning Man in 2015.
John on his TEDxBlackRockCity experience at Burning Man: I spoke at TEDxBlackRockCity. It was amazing and really a shock to speak without big, beautiful pictures. I had two pictures printed and Carina [John’s daughter] held the pictures up at the appropriate time as my assistant, but the rest was storytelling. And it’s really changed my understanding of speaking. Always relying on the pictures and speaking about the pictures makes things quite linear. Now I’m speaking somewhere between pictures and no pictures. Here’s a TEDxBlackRockCity wrap up from the TEDx site. Try and spot John, Carina and the bamboo hat!
Look for me in the 3rd and last session of TEDxBlackRockCity at Burning Man on September 2, 2015. Full lineup here.
In 2014, Elora spoke at TEDxUbud. “Thousands of handmade pegs, 18 meter long poles, bare feet, and hundreds of hands. This is what it takes to make a house designed by Elora Hardy. She’s interested in changing the perception of luxury in relation to scarcity and abundance. Her tool? The super grass that is bamboo.” Raised in Ubud, Elora spent 14 years of her young adult life in the United States, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and went on to become sole textile and print designer for Donna Karan Intl. In 2010, Elora returned to Bali to carry on the incredible work of the design-build team that created the world-renowned Green School in Bali, founded by her father John Hardy. She reconnected with the culture and landscape that she loves and today continues to cultivate Balinese artisans alongside innovative designers and architects with the goal of making Bali a global center for sustainable design and bringing those designs to the rest of the world.
In Yokohama, Japan, 2012.
“The Green School and Green Village homes are built mostly of local materials with an emphasis on bamboo.The focus on bamboo comes from John’s deep interest in its sustainable properties and inherent strength of flexibility and beauty.” TEDxTaipei TEDxTaipei 2012 – The Future is Now
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Bjarke Ingels’ architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. At TEDxEast he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant. Theory meets pragmatism meets optimism in Bjarke Ingels’ architecture. His big-think approach is informed by a hands-on, ground-up understanding of the needs of a building’s occupants and surroundings.