As individuals, we are very limited in the things we can do. As swift changes take shape within the value structure of our society, we struggle to comprehend it all, which often creates anxiety. A need for change hangs above our heads. Society unconsciously rests their hopes on our editing skills, which we have agreed to call “design.” And yet, the potential of one designer is like a speck relative to the collective strength of the group. Which is why the act of design is becoming a function that no longer provides answers but, instead, relegates questions.
We collaborated with haptic media researchers to create the space design for TECHTILE #3, an exhibition at the K gallery held from February 26 – 28, 2010. With the help of 20 participants aged 10 – 40, we took over 200 different textures collected in Tokyo and transplanting them into aluminum foil. In other words, the space was not “designed” in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, it came together based on the collective intelligence of the group.
The exhibition helped elevate our awareness. Textures that typically remain hidden were brought into focus when transferred to aluminum foil. We aimed to visualize the invisible – editing the creativity of the group and consequently designing the tangible and intangible.