Hydrolescents

blablabLAB

24 August 2012

A blablabLAB backroom product

This line of products takes the concept of obsolescence to the extreme through the materiality (and potentially the geometry) of the product.

Using the solubility of certain substances, a new materiality is explored on objects of everyday use where materiality itself is, precisely, taken for granted: glasses, coffee spoons, etc. In them, planned obsolescence reaches the limit of idiocy: instantaneous uselessness after their first and only use.

Hidrolescentes is a certainly unique and novel product that constitutes a hinge of a future paradigm, with other market and consumption rules, certainly idiosyncratic, and no more stupid than the current ones.

This form of consumption also serves as a metaphor for a possible scenario, that of digital home production: a digital home production that will make it possible to establish a form of compulsive consumption that is more sustainable than industrialised consumption.

This project is still in the research phase

Product of the line [augmented obsolescences].

“The determination, planning or scheduling of the end of the useful life of a product or service so that – after a period of time calculated in advance by the manufacturer or service company during the design phase of that product or service – it becomes obsolete, non-functional, useless or unserviceable is called planned obsolescence or planned obsolescence.” Wikipedia.

While for millennia we have managed to produce consumables with excellent performance, many of those produced today intentionally circumvent shelf life as a consumer right.
The foundation of today’s consumer system is condensed in this line of design. The hyper-consumerist nature of today’s capitalism rebels through these ubiquitous products on a daily basis. It also transfers to the product, on its most material and formal scales, the unsustainable nature that this form of production-consumption projects on a global scale and in the medium term. There are numerous black spots where the detritus of this non-circulatory practice is condensed: nuclear waste dumps, oceanic macro-bags of plastic waste, electro-dumps of developed countries in underdeveloped countries, illegal dumping…
This form of production also acquires a self-propagating component under the idiosyncrasy of the laws of the free market, which extends and emphasises them.

Printers that stop working after a certain number of prints, light bulbs that blow out earlier and earlier, extremely fragile appliances, etc. The day is probably not far off when real estate will also be traded under this market strategy.
[augmented obsolescence] aims to explore this condition from a non-commercial point of view.
A priori, several heuristic practices are proposed from which to generate a prospective analysis, altering the life of objects to the point of absurdity, re-contextualising certain designs or behaviours, through mixtures of these, etc.
[augmented obsolescences] proposes an artistic view – analytical, critical, ironic – of a phenomenon that is as common and widespread as it is little known by consumers.