The Tens Effect
Stanisław is an inter-disciplinary designer, recently graduating with a masters’ degree from
Glasgow School of Art
Currently based in Kraków, Poland
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The radio’s long story begins in the suburbs of Paris, where a wooden log lies in the forest.
As time goes on, natural processes take over as the wood’s nutrients are consumed by the environment. After a few years, it has been transformed by wormholes, moss and weathering.
Now that the forest has played its part, it is time for it to be interpreted into an object, taking on the role of a collaborator with nature. The role of the human is to work around the shape, which becomes increasingly remenescent of the infinitely complex and polymorphic forms created by today’s AIs.
Sacred oppositions such as human and machine, matter and information and natural and artificial no longer seem so absolute
During its time in the forest, the wooden mould creates a single continuous audio recording of its environment, replayed as soon as the radio comes alive for the first time.
The process has no clearly defined start or end, unlike traditional manufacturing techniques. The outcome is a hybrid object which erases the hand of the designer from its final form.
The sound of a beetle boring into the wooden mould or an owl’s call are a reminder of the origins of our daily items. In this way, the radio tells a story of its own creation in a world where our possessions seem to appear out of nowhere.
The average lifespan of our consumer electronics is 6.7 years and just 2 years for smartphones