Nathalie- Looking Outwards (1)

A project I admire profoundly is the Rain Room (, which was an interactive art installation at the Museum of Modern art.

The purpose of the piece, which allows people to walk through a simulated field of rain and manipulate its fall, serves to inform people how technology and innovations in science could help stabilize the environment.

I think this is an absolutely gorgeous way to allow people to experience art and innovation: through full immersion. I wish I could’ve seen this in person.

A project that surprised me was a set of street art pieces by the artist Pejac, done in Paris, which depict what seems to be one thing at a distance but upon closer inspection is something completely different.

I love street art, and no matter how many times I see something thought-provoking or innovative painted on a public wall , I still somehow manage to be surprised by it. It’s the fact that it’s occurring in a medium that’s usually expected to contain tags, graffiti, vandalism and gang signs that always draws me in, because it’s not shut up in a museum. You have to look at it whether you intended to or not. Putting meaning into public art is always a pleasant surprise, and even more so when it’s something that seems silly or funny and ends up being very thought provoking in addition.

I can’t say it’s a complete disappointment, but a project that kind of disappointed me is the app “Planetary,” which allows people to view their music in orbit around stars and planets that represent artists and albums.

It’s a gorgeous idea with lovely, nice-looking graphics, and I’m always a fan of visual representations of music-but I’m super disappointed because it’s only for iPad; I can’t even use it on my phone, and I otherwise only have Windows computers. So essentially, it’s a fantastic idea, I just wish it reached for a broader user base than just Apple iPad users.

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