We were honoured to get an invitation to make a special cover piece of thisissand.com for Neen.org, a website and concept by Miltos Manetas. We went random colours, have a try!

Manetas has named Neen after Neenstars: a still-undefined generation of visual artists. “Some of them belong to the contemporary art world; others are software creators, web designers, and video game directors or animators”, he writes. Read the Neen manifesto.


12 000 sand pieces

July 28, 2008

We’ve come up to almost 12 000 sand pieces by now! The contributions are the bestest. Thank you!

We see faces.

Mask face by Paul B.

monster mountain by Zoe L.

Greetings from Turku!

July 27, 2008

thisissand.com/gallery spent the weekend at B Gallery. It was fun!

Photo by Ida Lehtonen

thisissand.com will be on display at B Gallery in Turku, Finland for the UMF weekend, July 25-27. See you there!

was exhibited at Johanna’s graduation show Dialogue last week in London at the London College of Communication.

Play with us!

May 12, 2008

thisissand.com is a website for play. It changes the pixels on the screen into digital sand that can be used as building material for cosmic landscapes, Clemens-style sand paintings, mandalas and so on.

This is a joint project of the designers Johanna Lundberg and Jenna Sutela with the Flash programmer Timo Koro. We wanted to create a playground of colours and sound for people to play with us in our sandbox – within the computer screen.

The digital sandbox on thisissand.com takes after the physical one. The user is allowed to do what he or she wishes with the elements in the sandbox. Sometimes the resulting pieces are expressive, sometimes they become more abstract. And just as a real world sandbox, the one on thisissand.com can be smoothed out and re-sculpted again time after time.

Just like the actual sand gets its colour from its origins, the sand used on thisissand.com covers the RGB palette natural to digital environments. Also the sounds of the falling sand on thisissand.com resemble a real life phenomenon: singing sand is discovered in about 35 desert locations around the world where the wind triggers a low-pitch sound in the natural sand. Instead of nature’s frequencies the digital sand generates white noise, which is a random signal with a flat power density. It is considered analogous to white light which contains all frequencies – like the RGB sand on thisissand.com.

The specialities of the digital sand lie in the possibility of saving the original pieces of sand art in the gallery or printing them out. thisissand.com can also be used year-round, anywhere and anytime. The sand doesn’t fall or wear out.

We are adopting the Fluxus attitude and experimenting with perceived connections between everyday artefacts, intermediality, art and play. There is no such thing as a linear plot or a particular set of expectations on thisissand.com: it is a place for recreation and fun, and an eternal work in progress.

Contact us at thisissand@gmail.com!