fringe studio guilty
Photography by Ronald Smits
DUTCH INVERTUALS, DDW 2016 Eindhoven
EMMA WESSEL & TIJS GILDE
The age of energy is heading for a major ‘game change’. In the coming decades, established power-sources will be replaced by alternatives that will drastically alter our way of life. Efficiency and self-sufficiency will become the new standard as we move from the stage of consumers towards harvesters. This will simultaneously undermine the existing economic formats our society is build upon. An abundance of natural resources will ultimately reach a tipping point of overproduction. This gives rise to a range of new challenges, concepts and understandings. We redefine our relationship with energy and how it will influence our behaviour. In Power Play, thirteen designers envision this new reality as it evolves. They provoke us with an imaginative and playful impression of an energy-overflown society.
“Energy is present in everything around us, we just need to learn how to harvest it.”
Emma & Tijs describe themselves as playful composers of material combinations. They imagine a future where every power source could be harvested, resulting in an abundance of energy. From this overload of opportunities, they decided to focus on one specific element of human generated power: sound. Starting from existing entities like the human ear, they created vessels which can harvest the energy of visitors