In another clear instance of life imitating art, the Ars Electronica Building in Linz, Austria agreed to have its facade converted into a working Rubik's cube in a project designed to blend technology and community together.
The conversion was done as part of Spanish artist and designer Javier Lloret thesis project at the University of Arts and Design called “Interface Culture.” The concept shows how to make a community more interactive through technology. Lloret calls the interactive cube a “Puzzle Facade” that mimics the process of the famous Rubik’s Cube puzzle through a hand held wireless computer “interface cube” that controls the lights. While the player can only see two sides of the cube on the building at a time the player has the ability to flip the cube around and see the other sides due to the unique software Lloret and his team designed.
The Interface Culture program at the University is designed to show how artists, scientists, designers, and other disciplines can utilize the ideas behind the interface of man and machine and its impact on society in general. One of the most important aspects is how people process data around them and different ways to interpret it through new and unorthodox type of interfaces.
Is this truly the way of the future? A blend of urban design, technology, and community games? Can you imagine going to Times Square and joining a group of people playing a game designed on a building that not only challenges you intellectually but also brings the neighborhood closer together. Where else will this idea of “interface culture” raise its high tech head next?