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Art & Design: Collective Works by Mischer’Traxler

Reacting to its environment and its audience Collective Works is the latest project from design collective Mischler’Traxler – a studio concerned with materiality, interaction and experience, and the relationship between man and machine.

Collective Works is a machine that weaves wooden baskets with the aid of an audience. Only fully functioning when a person is present, the machine coils a wooden strip and slowly builds it up into a basket.

As soon as a second person joins, a light tone color is added onto the wood veneer by a marker pen – as additional people move closer to the machine more marker pens are activated, each with a gradually darker tone.

Working with sensors that are embedded in the machine, the process is defined by audience participation and indirectly the audience become workers in a factory-style scenario.  Equally, each person’s interest in the ‘process’ and the ‘object’ results in each basket being a unique record of their passive participation and becomes a collection of data in its own right.

Collective Works has been commissioned by Design Miami & W Hotels for the W-Hotels Designer of the future award and is an ongoing project – Philippa Wagner

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