Timo Arnall leads the Touch project at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway, investigating Near Field Communications (NFC) as a means of creating new situations and interactions through the use of mobile devices and RFID. His interdisciplinary team is focused especially on the social and cultural inquiry of these technologies.
Though much of this interaction is touch-based, a unique quality of NFC is the property of 'nearness,' where there is communication without touch. The video above, produced by Touch and BERG, very sensitively explores the physical implications of proximity, using RFID for much more than identification. Also included are other objects that exert influence through nearness: mobile phones, magnets, and moving air.
For more on RFID and NFC, browse the Touch blog here.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.