suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Johannes TSOPANIDES / SHAPES iN PLAY: InfObjects is a design concept with a new approach to combine influences from product design, generative processes and information visualisation in order to make complex data tangible. The ingredients of several dishes have been analysed regarding energy content, CO2 equivalent, and price. By using generative design tools (programmed with processing and then manufactured with 3-D printing) this information is parametrically transformed into metaphorical shapes: the CO2 is illustrated by (ozone-)holes, the energy by the growth of roots and the price by higher or lower levels within the object.
These products’ functionality is beyond usability. Rather do they have the intention to raise awareness for one of today´s big global issues—the production and consumption of food.
The application is coded with Processing, the objects are manufactured with laser sintering with kind support of EOS.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JT: Karsten Schmidt (toxi), Frederik Vanhoutte, Andreas Fischer, Greenpeace Magazine.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JT: Reading Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Ecco. Listening to The Robotiks, Clash, Victor Rice. Watching Dead Man.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JT: Nervous System, Casey Reas, mischer’traxler, rAndom International.