What happens when sexuality, usually considered as a uniquely human trait, becomes a prism through which we view the Other -- in our case plants? This controversial, humorous and insightfully absurd workshop invites designers, engineers, artists, biologists and people interested in plants to collectively explore plant-centered design.
During the one-day design sprint the participants will be infused with the ABC’s of plant reproduction, based on which (with the help of mentors, of course) they will analyse their very own plant-client’s sexual trauma -- and envision a kinky, technology infused augmentation that helps them overcome it.
Ideologies aside, the workshop will offer a novel experience of appropriated design methodologies, adding to the scope of what design can do. The original augmentations conceived by the participants will manifest themselves as sketches, narratives and simple prototypes, which will be added to the “Plant Sex Consultancy” exhibition.
Sounds bizarre? The explicitly sexual milieu is an excuse to delve into the bigger underlying context of meaning, benefits, and pitfalls of post-anthropocentrism in the 21st century, where we find ourselves at odds with nature.
The workshop is part of the PSX Consultancy exhibition from March 6 - April 13. Each participant brings their own laptop (for research). Submissions should be received by March 4. For questions contact us via email. Participants are warmly invited for the opening Friday March 6.
The PSX Consultancy is a collaborative project developed within the "Designing Life" topic at BIO50 (the Biennial of Industrial Design 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia) by authors Pei-Ying Lin, Dimitris Stamatis, Jasmina Weiss, and Špela Petrič. It's development was supported by MAO (the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana) and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.