Following on from the previous post I wanted to look into some of the practioners of critical design and how they interpret the concept.
If we were given a piglet when we were born as our lifetime organ-doner what would be the ethical implications. Some products such as the smoke filter have be created to ruin our lungs but save the pig's whose lungs we will end up needing, while others create a closer bond between owner and utility pet such as a fake snout. Is it ethical do use your pet for your own personal benefit and could you even do this you label the pig as your pet? Ethics can be difficult and although people may have them they may not live up to them. This series is thought-provoking and makes the user question their ethics and consider whether they are hypocritical.
The series definitely leaves an impact with the user, especially as a smoker, and challenges their excuses for smoking like 'it relaxes me' with a machine that measures just how relaxed you are, forcing the user to rethink their actions. What I love amongst critical design is the subtle humour element and how it is used to add to the topic.
A final RCA student. Toran is another student invested in critical design with one of her most recent project 'Night School on Anarres' reflects some of the utopian messages portrayed in Hertzian tales. She visualises a planet of utopia with no economy, no possessions, no word's for mine, his or hers and focuses more on the people than the possessions.
'Drawing from Ursula K Le Guin’s seminal sci-fi novel The Dispossessed, and focusing on her construction of the fictional anarchist planet Anarres and its language Pravic, children and members of the public will be transported to an alien school to participate in language and social studies classes'.
With a society that rejects ownership and ideas belong to everyone, it causes people to think for themselves, others and the world. This view may be overly ideological however it forces us, as the audience, to question what fuels us. Does our economy form the people we grow into? Do the thoughts of others become our beliefs? It is interesting, to say the least.
Hypernatural.com. (2016). Elio Caccavale - The Museum for Insects. [online] Available at: http://hypernatural.com/museum/elio_caccavale.html [Accessed 10 Nov. 2016].
Noamtoran.com. (2016). Noam Toran: Night School on Anarres. [online] Available at: http://noamtoran.com/NT2009/projects/night-school-on-anarres [Accessed 10 Nov. 2016].
Auger-loizeau.com. (2016). Auger Loizeau: Smoking Machines. [online] Available at: http://www.auger-loizeau.com/projects/smoking-machines [Accessed 10 Nov. 2016].
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