A common idiosyncratic habit in all urban birds is their inevitable punk nature to shit over our most precious belongings. The author, in collaboration with a group of captive birds, is able to provide the guidelines to transform this countercultural attitude into a marketable product. For this task a flock of zebra fiches underwent a series of experimentsin order to research their physiological, mechanical and social dynamics. The result is called “Poo Printer”, an analog generative typography printer using the bird droppings as the particle substance that slowly generates the Latin alphabet characters over a large roll of paper.
Physical description of the project
The small birds are housed in a customized cage –similar to any birdcage found in a regular household. The cage provides them with all the standard comforts, but instead of straight perches for the birds to sit on, the cage is equipped with perches bent into letters. The birds feed and, inevitably, excrete whilesitting on the letter shaped perches. The faces pile up on the birdcage floor, covered in a high qualitypaper roll, following the shape of the perches. Gradually, the birds´ excrements form letters on the floor of the cage.
The behavior of this birds explains how expressivity migrates from the body of the animal to the work of art. This introspective labor could be considered as the purest state of Art.
The concept of the Poo Printer lies in the fact that the printed letters are not produced by human handwriting, one of most rational cultural techniques. Rather it is ‘printed’ by an irrational activity, subject of nature. The birds participating in this process are surely unaware of the quality of the result they produce. The production process is based on the guidance of their human captor, transforming the birds´ natural urges of feeding and excreting into a meaningful process that cannot be appreciated by nature itself.
"This work of art can be interpreted as a trenchant and ironic reflection on the myths regarding the brilliant, nearly divine art process in the production of writing symbols. In other words, if an artist creates visual art without thinking but rather by emptying himself, the artist may be considered no more than a bird in a cage." Karen Appel
Art existed before the human existed, and animals are artists as well. Derrida understood animals as artists from other worlds, and thereby representing a privileged subject of analysis.
The Mobile Kitchen is a project developed at the Design Research Lab to meet the specific needs of Design Cities: Berlin and its participants, as well as future independent events.
As part of Design Inquiry’s intensive workshop model, we knew that one of the main features of the event would be the relationship between the two concepts of food and design. It is exposed not just during the workshops and lectures but also in the dialogues generated around the kitchen area, in form of coffee breaks, group meals, etc. Starting from these principles we began to conceptualize the Mobile Kitchen with the goal of making the experience and process of collectively preparing a meal as enjoyable as possible.
Feeding 20 to 30 people every day while enjoying the cooking process was quite a challenge we saw ourselves confronted with. We tried to solve it by designing a kitchen to make the group activity of cooking as intuitive as possible, while understanding that the generation of intuitive experiences is paradoxically the least of these.
The outcome is what you see on the images, a simple but robust kitchen on wheels, equipped for the mass production of amazing meals.
Interactive sculpture (Portable version) /*The sculpture is easy to set up and disassembled, fitting a 102x75x4cm portfolio. Light and portable, the sculpture passes the baggage restrictions of planes.*/
"If I you can answer me who I am. Then at least I will have an identity. I will know what or who to be."
By knocking on house you interact with the ego inside of it. With the project we are exploring a basic understanding that humans have free will, but that freedom of choice leads to anxiety, and with this the absolute responsibility for one’s action. The fear and anxiety of this responsibility leads many people to ignore both their freedom and their responsibility by letting other people make their choices for them.
Exposure to media is a shock to our nervous system that blocks feelings of discomfort and, like lab rats, has us mindlessly navigating through a maze for more satisfaction. Marshall McLuhan explains that access to tools and technology in society determines how that society will crumble or prosper. We become what we behold. An example of a technology that has been able to change social behavior is the television. Television is an urban compound that is present in almost all houses and the simple act of turning a television on can reduce a room full of people into silence.With a squeezer, a genital like tangible music interface to interact with your television or any device with a headphone output, you are able to modify the audio pitch of the gadget, which it is attached to. The variation of the pitch is proportional to the pressure exerted to the squeezer. The more pressure, the higher the pitch.