Legends narrate that Mankind once lived intimately connected to the Earth and its creatures, feeling naturally an integral part of it. While this bond cannot be regenerated in our present days, we can, however, dream of synthesizing technological peripherals that let us regain some of that symbiotic relationship. With this project we have devised two sets of finger-implements, natural prostheses inspired by what we consider the most essential forms of life, plants.
Like plants, we will be able to produce the oxygen we breathe, feed directly off the ground and even grasp the more subtle changes in the weather. Firmly on the ground, anchored to our roots, we will discover the depths that support us: explore, learn and discover without destroying, finally feeling intimately part of everything that surrounds us. Leaves as receptors of energy from our star, the Sun, and of ambient data that inhabit the intangible, the invisible aether around us. Roots as intelligent terminals, antennas probing the deep and give us the miracle of a new humanity, no longer closed in on itself, extraordinarily dynamic because anchored again/another time to the ground.
In a world where technology and its platforms connects people across continents conveniently and accessibly, we are able to communicate with anyone regardless of physical distance. However, this 21st century miracle did not always lead to a real connection between individuals, but instead often determined the opposite effect by amplifying fears and prejudices. For our future technological prosthesis, we take the iconic symbols of dish and antenna arrays, not pointed at the stars, but at ourselves and each other for the reception of empathic intra-terrestrial signals; the energies, vibrations and emotions that every human being experiences.
By feeling and understanding the emotions and energies that surround us we can reconnect to each other, thus becoming part of a whole, a non-self-centred but truly connected humanity. The project has been conceived for the “Triennale Design Museum: Storie”in collaboration with Maison203: 3d printing jewellery. You could find it at the Contemporary Design section curated by Chiara Alessi and will be purchasable in the Click&Collect area for one year.