‘Collective works’, an ongoing interactive project by Vienna-based Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler of Studio mischer‘traxler, is a production process that fully functions when people pay attention to the machine. The process translates the flow of people into an object.
When someone approaches the machine, a wooden 24mm wide veneer-strip is pulled through a glue basin and slowly coiled up around a 20mm thick wooden base. Since the turning platform with the base moves downwards the veneer strip slowly builds up a basket. Once a second person joins to look at the process, a light tone color is added via a marker onto the veneer. The more people come to look at the machine, the more markers are activated, each with a gradient darker tone.
This project was initially developed for the ‘W-hotels designer of the Future award’ exhibition at Design Miami/Basel 2011.
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