'the uncomfortable started as a twisted sadistic design project. It messed up it's creator's head [and the heads of people she knows]. It exists in sketches and 3d visualizations and has no meaningful purpose. It's a parasite in the world of materialism and design'.
In my previous post I talked about the 'inconvenience' of the state of our environment and how many people either don't want to address the issue or do possess enough knowledge. It's almost ironic that every day items that provide us all this convenience have this effect.
The Greek designer Katrina Kamprani created a series of 3D renders that turned everyday convenient objects purposely inconvenient.
There isn't much on her website or articles about these series of pieces on why Kamprani decided to inflict this hair-pulling series apart from that she knew it would have just that effect on people and she liked it. The interpretation I read and some other articles having pointed to is what I mentioned earlier and how people want their products for convenience so long as they can bury their heads in the sand when it comes to the inconvenient process of how we acquire said products and how we dispose of them.
'some view the objects also a critique of the consumer society, to the throwaway society, of industrial products and their standards, especially in the design fetish functionality'
What makes them look like icons of consumption, is only its smooth, supple beauty. It arouses suspicion: How many times have we all been standing in front of beautiful things that just do not work in the end?
Although I don't believe she needed so many examples of inconvenience as some of her 'stars' tell the story pretty well, I like the message I interpret behind it and I love the way she can make you feel frustrated and uncomfortable purely from a render. Design should be an experience and especially design that hold's a deeper message.
This unit is all about understanding the emotion behind designing a product and that it is this emotional attachment that creates animosity when people try to explain that we shouldn't having so many things we don't need when our resources are running low and, ecologically speaking, we cannot afford to make them any further. Criticising someone's emotional attachment to their possessions is one hundred percent the wrong approach to take. They need to experience the uncomfortable truth and understand the experience first hand to make changes in their lifestyles. The next step is to find away to create that experience for people and make an impact on them.
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Pantelouris, M. (2016). Dinge der Unmöglichkeit. [online] Sz-magazin.sueddeutsche.de. Available at: http://sz-magazin.sueddeutsche.de/texte/anzeigen/45046/Dinge-der-Unmoeglichkeit [Accessed 21 Oct. 2016].
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