+ – Plus Minus is a journey of light objects, technology and electronic instruments, allowing you to experience the process of design.
Held as part of London Design Festival 2014, the Plus Minus show will take you on the designer’s journey, of light objects, technology and electronic instruments, allowing you to experience the process and act of design. The product of a creative collaboration with compelling works by three designers – Dave Cranmer, Naama Hofman and Nir Adoni – bringing together sustainable design and contemporary objects with traditional cultural expressions, using an interactive and innovative application of emerging technology.
Naama Hofman creates objects which contain light, all illuminated by LED’s, which with the help of a minimalist structure, diffuse a soft and even light. Hofman believes that we can surround ourselves with good and long-lasting objects, which are designed to inspire the way we perceive light, how it should look and how we can afford a different meaning to the word “Lamp”. The work of the studio occupies the contrasting yet complementary area between art and design. Aside the fabrication of lamps for serial production, the studio also produces limited editions and art installations. Their collections are crafted in a unique manufacturing process in Tel Aviv by skilled artisans. Hofman will be exhibiting seven modern objects combining both elegance and romance through the use of fabric and colours that create a dynamic atmosphere.
Nir Adoni’s work examines the relationship between man and constructed environments – believing that architecture plays a powerful role in the way we live and that the space around us dictates our approach and understanding of the world. Nir is intrigued by the tension between man and his surroundings in means of scale, inhabiting space and the questions that architecture raises. Religious sanctuaries and massive industrial areas maintain specific characteristics that tend to leave man in awe. As such, they become central domains for my investigation combined with ongoing research of the region we live in and my close surrounding environment. In Nir’s studio he isolates features from these environments which then become raw material for his work using laser cutting, digital media and sound, most of which are juxtaposed with light. This is an integral part of his work as it becomes a material of its own. As he re-assembles elements from different surroundings he combines alternative scenes – allusive in their reflection of space and place. The forced encounter between the elements forms charged, at times even destructive new territories.
Dave Cranmer has been creating electronic and mechanical sculptures since 1998. These have been used to delight and confuse audiences in a variety of venues worldwide. Time spent in the special effects industry has fine tuned his love of dangerous machinery and dramatic engineering, and a keen interest in experimental audio has led to many sculptures taking the form of unusual musical instruments. Dave has produced installations for many events including Southbank Ether Festival, Kinetica Art Fair and HKW Worldtronics Berlin.
Dave will be unveiling a terrifying robotic crow. The crow appeared in a dream, or rather nightmare, demanding in hideous croaking voice that work should begin on its construction, otherwise there would be severe consequences. Upon waking it was tempting to dismiss the visitation as perhaps a side effect of ergot poisoning, but the unexplained appearance of a mysterious object proved the demon to be real. The object was a USB stick containing dimensioned CAD drawings of a hideous bird, outlining the construction of a steel frame clad with plywood and housing various motors and electrical parts. There was no choice but to build the crow…