Lost artifacts from "Food and the Future of it"


This was used as a prop in some of my Food and the Future of it presentations.  The communication device was used to control most of the food printers/makers/producers.  You can see in the bottom picture two sort of rounded triangle shapes on the back.  The idea was that you could use them as extra controls for the device by moving your fingers over them.  In the top picture you see me using it to program some eggs that I want to be made.  It's a shame that I didn't do more with it, it was a full-scale model with a lot of different screens and covers...Currently it is resting somewhere down in the interaction lab in Umeå.
Above is the first Genetically modified fruit model that I made.  It was named "Caped Owl".  I gouged out the apple with a (new) clay tool, put the split strawberry inside, snapped a photo then ate it.  The Hendersson Apple ended up being the one that I went with due to the Caped Owl's strange gaze.

Above you can see some of my rough drafts.  The first "printed eggs" looked a lot like poker chips.I found this picture and liked it because it showed more of a side angle of the printed eggs.  Devo egg in full view this time.

Some early ideas for homemade (home-printed) sandwich materials.  From top to bottom: The Knorr Sauce Slice- solid sauce that becomes liquid when you rip a small edible cover from the top of it...Rosenthal's Tomato Slices- bread sized tomato slices...Peas on a Blanket- peas that are connected to each other...Thermal Toast- thin flexible bread that does an excellent job of keeping the warm from influencing the cold ingredients.

Above you can see some printed pasta concepts.  The first is pasta printed as sort of sci-fi Mr. Potato head parts.  You would cook a potato for a while, then when it's half done, stick the pasta arms, legs, and head(s) on.  Then you would boil the rest of it.  The picture on the bottom shows "ravioli in jail"- not one of the best ideas.


Rough draft of new clock

Houston and Korolev, mission control cities.  I had to build this one fast and the cardboard that I used didn't bend very well, behind it is a copy of "Ringo" that I bought yesterday.



city clocks: update

Here are some quick shots of the newest clock, and a few of them all together.  The newest clock: Casablanca and Washington D.C.- the white house cities.  Still three more clocks to make.  The ones you see in these pictures have already been given away, so I'm going to construct them again to get some better pictures.




"city clocks" (working title) aka christmas presents

For Christmas I'm making these clocks- each one features the times at two cities that fit together in some way.  This is the first one I did, it features Detroit and Torino- the motor cities.  Since I've been making a lot of paper box type things lately I thought I could make them pretty quickly.

The clocks actually work thanks to some cheap parts from the IKEA next door.  I really wish that I had access to a laser-cutter like in Umea, but it's a fun, different kind of concentration hand cutting everything.   There are going to be about 5 of these clocks in total, so there's a lot to do tomorrow.  I'm planning on painting the hands different colors also, in the Detroit-Torino clock the hands will be black/green.  A lot more to come tomorrow!

The second clock is done now, this is a quick picture of it.  Kokata (formerly Calcutta) and Cincinnati- The Bengal Cities.



Smoke detecting birthday radio

I'll admit it, this is a bit of a recycled project of mine.  I wanted to have a radio that would become your traditional birthday radio- birthdays being days filled with a lot of traditions.  The first version of this concept was for a project sponsored by Microsoft and I wasn't really happy with my results.  THIS version though, I think works a little better.

The radio is placed behind a cake, when the candles are blown out a smoke detector inside the radio tunes it to a local station- hopefully playing a meaningful song (or one that will be meaningful someday).  It could be pretty fun remembering what songs were played over the years...



New RFID Radio pics

Although I'm currently in Michigan, the paper radios are back in Sweden. My friend p-a porier took these pictures for me.



common spuds:update

Over the last few weeks I've been trying to clean up my computer. In the process I've found a lot of random projects/illustrations and I'm putting them up here if you want to have a look.  UPDATE:  I've put the good stuff up at my new website, www.skrov.com.



RFID Radio

For this system, you would have a speaker with an rfid reader, and laser-cut paper radios with rfid chips inside. The radios themselves are designed by musicians, charities, brands, and designers. When the paper radio is placed over the speaker it changes the radio station to what the artist has chosen. Other noises and interactions can be programmed in too. Alec Baldwin's radio for example could politely ask everyone to turn their lights off from time to time. People could have the paper radios around their house in different rooms. The supremes radio might be a better living room station. This system tries to add a little bit of fun to internet radio, and give people a connection with the artists they choose. The radios themselves would hopefully be cheap and collectible little sculptures, each one accessing unique stations.

some of the laser-cut radios
the rfid tagged radios slide over a speaker with an rfid reader

the radios would be designed by musicians, charities, politicians, artists, anyone that people would want to have as a radio station host









For the last two years, I've been a student at the Umea Institute of Design in Umea, Sweden going for my masters in Interaction Design. My final project was titled "Food and the Future of it". I chose food because it was something that everyone could have an opinion on, and that was important to me while choosing a subject. When I started the project, I tried to find a sponsor but found no takers- at first I was pretty depressed about this but in the end it gave me a lot of freedom and I don't think the result (which I like) would have been the same at all.
For starters, I was really interested in design fiction, and ideas as a product instead of one fine tuned concept as a product. Keep this in mind a little while looking at the work. Anyway early on I wanted my target year to be 2040, and a lot of the material I looked at suggested that we'd all have 3D printers in our house by then. Other material suggested that lab grown meat (which we have now) will be much more commonplace in 2040. I was also interested in this 'cloud' that everyone keeps talking about when talking abotut the future. So with those things in mind I started coming up with concepts, bouncing them off my classmates, and then making a prop for that concept. One time, I had a brainstorming session with my classmates by a campfire near the river. It was the middle of January and in northern Sweden it gets insanely snowy, dark, and cold. It turned out to be a great brainstorm session for food because it took us forever to get the fire started and we were all getting a little desperate. I passed around a microcassette recorder and we took turns answering questions and talking about the future of food.
One thing that was really fun about this project was just 'doing'. I was used to making rhino models of things, and then making a rendering. It was so great to make the actual physical props this time- the response from people was so much better. It was also fun to watch people pick some of the things up and tell me how they'd use them- a lot of fun. It was also great to make models out of actual food, imagine paying for your building supplies and your dinner at the same time!
So I guess right now I'll explain the concepts a little bit. They all either print food, or grow food. The ones that grow food do it by duplicating cells and proteins (something that we do now to get our lab grown meat). The printers use the same technology (only smaller and better) as the 3D printers that we have now. For this world, I've made some small devices that could exist. Human Creativity is absolutely amazing, and I'm confident that if people could design their own custom eggs, pasta, snacks, and other things then they would. And communities would be built up around these designs.
These printers and growers would run off of cartridges, a lot like printers today. Some would hold cells, and others would hold real foodstuff and have everything you need to do 'italian' or 'mexican' food. You know Kraft and Unilever would have a hayday with this. Also, fast food would never be the same. Firstly, Burger King will find that their name is too limiting, and drop the first and last letters off of 'burger' to become URGE King. Two things will happen at Urge King: One, they'll give you free spice cartridges with their brand image on them. You'll buy codes every time you want to print something on the cartridge. Now of course almost everyone will hack this system, but Urge King won't care because they get all of that free advertising. The second thing goes on at Urge King restaurants. They'll have the best, fastest, newest food printers. They'll also have all of the spices you could dream of. They make their own branded food, but can also print off whatever you want them to, just with the Urge King logo on it. Fast food will definitely have to do a lot of things to survive in a world with less cars and more people eating at home.
In the end, there were a lot of scenarios like Urge king, and a ton of other ideas that emerged from talks and brainstorms. In the end I could only do so much, and that's what you'll find in the previous posts. If you have any questions (and I'm sure you do), send me an email immediately at deltaninertango@yahoo.com . Thanks for reading this much and enjoy the rest of the posts!


Degree show

Since the subject material is fairly scary to most people (growing meat and printing food), I tried to keep the visuals and the way I presented my work pretty light. For the poster that we were required to have at school, I chose to print it off white and just hand draw everything on there. I was so tired while drawing it I didn't worry so much about having to get it right in one shot. In order to unify all of the objects that I made, I made some laser cut place mats and wrote descriptions on them with a sharpie. Also, it didn't seem right to have one of those 'DON'T TOUCH' signs up, so I didn't put one up. One model has been broken though (the ultimate tortilla dipper that you'll see later). If people were interested in the work, I made some little matchbook style booklets that they could take. The original booklet was written on a typewriter that didn't have a working space bar or @ symbol (to explain the underscores and the hand drawn @). So far the show has gone great and people seem pretty interested. A lot of people are completely disgusted, but that's good because we can talk for a while about that.