This is a series of devices that warn of probable and improbable dangers associated with the idea of the End of the World. These four objects are designed to inform about:
Space objects dangerously passing near Earth
Earth's shifting (or weakening) electromagnetic poles
'Black swan' event - the probability of the unknown
The objects are designed to be sold individually, however the effect is amplified when all four devices assemble into one piece to create a mini-observation station that informs you about the active and potentially dangerous for humanity forces of Earth and the Universe. The objects' design is adopting aesthetics of mass-produced cheap electronic goods.
Meta-devices is a continuation of my thesis on how human beliefs are reflected in the functionalities and visual appearance of emerging technology. In my dissertation and in the Meta-devices project my aim was to trace unique features that various cultures attribute to technological objects that we engage with. For this project, I was particularly interested in devices that are perceived to have metaphysical properties, beyond their original practical function (for example, Aibo robotic dogs that believed to have a soul).
In the Meta-devices project I focused on a small market, South of London, - a rich cultural environment. The process I followed was: field research, interviews with the shopkeepers and visitors, collecting and analysing relevant artefacts, text and photo documentation. Spending hours in the market, I explored how beliefs that are integral to those cultures are manifested in goods and services offered in the location. To inform my research, I also had an interviews with product design experts to learn about tricks that product designers use to make devices to feel more ‘special'.
Second phase of my project consisted of developing prototypes and testing them at the actual market.
This project is about research as much as about the outcome. You can read more about the process that led to the produced designs here.
3D modelling: Frank Kolkman
Electronics: Frank Kolkman, Mike Vanis
Special Thanks to: Tim Sargent, Naama Schendar