Sunday May 13, 2007

Metamorphosis: RDF for Veterans

Yesterday evening I decided to walk from Market westwards. I walked all the way past the San Francisco Opera, through to Hayes Street when I noticed a crowd at an Opening Exhibition of the works of final year industrial design students called Metamorphosis. It was open to all, so I entered.

Looking around I noticed an exhibit with an icon that struck me as amazingly similar to the official RDF icons. More surprising even was that this icon was clearly meant to represent relationships, the foundation of the semantic web. So I looked around for the creator and found Trishatah Hunter, who explained her work to me in more detail. She had never heard of rdf or the semantic web!

Trishatah's device is designed to help war veterans find support when in need, feel part of a community, of a larger social network network on which they can rely. Is this unintentionally the first piece FOAF jewelry?

PS. Not sure what exactly the name for that type of jewelry is...
PPS. Another very nice work was Reflections, a work on the importance of objects to memory. It is a space to place objects in. The lights dim very slowly until the object is invisible behind its mirrored glass container. To see it again one has to touch the object, as if to call it back to memory.

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