Starting as a work of fiction, design is oriented towards possible future; a community of users that have yet to exist; it forecasts human desires and asserts solutions. As a contrast, disorder illustrates a state of entropy, disease and unpredictability a negative diagnosis of a symptom or state of play. This exhibition brings these two definitions together revealing the ethical and behavioural implications of a future defined by engineering and science. From the recycling of urine into whisky to the simulation of phantom limbs.
Designed disorder radically proposes absurd and practical solutions into how we behave, mass consume, self medicate and travel, making the design of human experience an altogether uncomfortable encounter.
Extra Room – Gunnar Green and Bernd Hopfengartner (2009)
In an imaginary future world, our homes could have Extra rooms to guard us from outside intrusive mind reading technologist!Inspired by the 1960’s experiments involving sensory deprivation the Extra Room will provide space for isolation to adjust our minds and our thoughts?
what is the likelihood this will become the norm?
The Toaster project – Thomas Thwaites (2009)
Have we passed the point at which we were able stopped being able to make the objects that surround us? Is it possible to produce a simple everyday mass produced Argos toaster by hand? Or is this proposition absurd – what are the difficulties and costs we face?
Red Goods – James Chambers (2010)
Exposure to media violence leads to increased aggression according to the results of research. Red Goods are designs, which provide surrogracy for such aggressive behaviour. The strange poise lamp is a floor lamp which mimics the action of someone strangling someone to death. Smoke alarms will be speed bags – turned off by punching them. Could these be useful outlets for excessive aggressive energy?
Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots – James Auger & Jimmy Loizeau (2009)
Robots should be seen as domestic and everyday devices. Auger and Loizeau offer you a series of domestic robots that actually trap and eat food in order to power themselves. A coffee table robot, traps mice and processes them for energy to trap more mice. Another robot trap flies and uses them to fuel a digital clock. Could this be a permanent feature in your home?
Affective sensory Extensions – Bjorn Franke (2006)
Wearable devices will be used to monitor our stress, these “ Affective sensory extensions” will start to scratch unpleasantly to force you to wind down and check your posture. Some devices will even include artificial cramp if your position is too static or unhealthy, but would these really be useful devices in the office or at home?
Phantom Recorder – Revital Cohen (2009)
Could prosthetics be used for more fantastical means? Will the devices we use to repair the body have more of a mull-faceted role in the future? Could these body extensions start to record illusions of the mind or extend our memory?
Post Digital Entities – Gerard Rallo (2010)
We continuously strive to project a desired image. Post digital entities are devices designed to help people in their quest to control their expressiveness and improve their everyday conversations and social skills. Expressions dispatcher will follow the wearer, analysing the context they are in, and digitally take control on how they will be perceived.
Live on the edge, A cupcake away from a coma – James Gilpin (2010)
Is it plausible that we could start using water purification systems to harvest the biological materials that our elderly produce in abundance? Diabetic patients for example produce an unusual scale of sugar in their urine. Could this be recycled to make whisky? Is this more reliable way to fund our retirement?
Menstruation Machine, Takeshi’s take – Hiromi Ozaki (2010)
We will have tampered with the female menstruating cycle with enhanced hormones, contraception and the pill so much that in the future the female period will become obsolete. This menstuating device has been created so both men and women wil be able to get a sense of what the period represented historically. Likely to exist?
The Soyuz chair – Nelly Ben Hayoun (2009)
In your very own living room, you will be able to experience space travel first hand? What is it like travelling to space in an armchair? Dreams of space will be experienced through your own living room chair? Will this be the entertainment of the future? You will be able to experience dreams of space in your own living room chair.