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|MARKUS WOLF + MARKUS BADER, 2002: BOOTLEG OBJECTS: SERIES SOUND|
|A phono-radio without the phono, a cassette receiver sans
cassette, and a non-turning turntable are the first three pieces in a series
called “Bootleg Objects”. Obviously, something has been stolen
here from these three right honourable design classics. Or rather, was something
added? The name gives a hint: Bootlegging, historically a pseudonym for
illegal liquor-making, was later also used for unauthorized recordings of
music. Today, “bootleg” is one name for the musical style of
recombination, of mashing up pop music pieces (preferably done undercover)
of the most disparate origins. Both diluting and revamping, carelessly sampling
objects, like a self-service shopping spree in the design museum. Creation
that’s happily or witlessly unconcerned by commercial or jurisdical
regulations such as copyright or marketability. An expression of deference
to the qualities of the original object. But also its iconoclastic deconstruction.
The subject of this manner of designing no longer is – as traditionally
– interrelating form to function, but rather a positioning into a
target context by “meta-design-decisions” as, for example, choosing
the right citation or the rearrangement of the found objects.
The three objects presented follow three deliberate methods of appropriation of a form: In “ReBraun”, recombination is paramount – while most features remained present, they slide along the surface, into new meanings. At the ReBo, nothing has been moved. Instead, an alien object – the touch screen – has slyly integrated himself. Lastly, the record player object Re-SL has not changed at all (apart from three clownish minimanipulations). Rather, its whole usage context has been taken. All of its working functions are completely different than it might seem, and all of its previous controls are now dead. “Skinning” is the name for the process that makes computer software freely designable. With programs that are skinnable, look, layout and even logic are free to redefinition. The designers have here applied the same principle to the tangible object: A general-purpose personal computer – nothing else is hidden inside the “bootleg objects”- is optimised for a specialized task and gets a new, old, amiable disposition.
|MP3 JUKEBOX AND SERVER, 2002-2003
Vintage case, digital data, mixed multimedia, aluminium, acrylic, steel, liquid
crystal. CNC-milled, welded, thermoformed, lacquered, anodized.
Programmed with the VVVV MULTIPURPOSE TOOLKIT.
DIMENSIONS (WxHxD): 650x120x280mm
12000 EUR purchasing information
Designed in 1962 by Dieter Rams, the “Audio 1 Kompaktanlage” is a milestone of german post-war design. It embodies, even more than its predecessor, the famous “snow-white’s coffin”, the design ideals of the rationalist “Ulm School”. These sober paradigms of utility and matter-of-factness are playfully remodelled in the “ReBraun”: Two TFT-Displays take the place of the radio scales, the lettering on the anodised front plate ironically quotes the lingo of the radio era. A randomly positioned button, labelled “Zufall” (Randomness) stands for the freedom from mechanical constraints. The antenna does not receive any FM radio, but is used to connect the system to the internet via Wireless LAN. The case and acrylic hood were lowered by several centimetres for sporty reasons (think: hot rod!), and the window that formerly contained a signal strength readout now becomes a tabernacle for the old Braun nameplate.
Vintage case, mixed multimedia, liquid crystal,
Vintage case, digital data, mixed Multimedia,
Magnesium, tough rubber, fiber