Working method: machine touches senses
Senseless and absurd: appliances tickle senses
The new concepts I draw and build have surprising actions and behaviour.
I reconstruct old appliances such as a tumble dryer, grinder or squeezer.
With sensors they respond to approaching people.
in every sense they prickle one's curiosity to their meaning and existence.
The process often starts with a news item, such as the report that beepopulations diminish. The news says that it is possibly due to our use of insecticides and medicins that effect their watersupplies.
I draw sketches and start looking for parts or materials that make sense in relation to this subject.
The squeezer I found made a certain sound and started to shiver with a weight on her top.
This fascinates me and I start experimenting once more, taking distance, contemplating on the combination, rearranging materials and concept if necessary.
The construction I keep visible to amplify its expressiveness.
Building a piece that reacts to the spectator is my goal.
Operations of a device may be totally useless and its form absurd.
However the apparatus is of value when it touches upon a tender string or when it provokes a laugh.
Does the concept stimulates us to reflect?
Is it able to move our senses, to affect us like a real 'affecter' ?
(For an explanation for 'affecter' look at home.)