This is a project about communication, on how communication can be shaped into design objects and how it can be established through an art piece. Performair is an audio-visual interactive installation which misuses traditional office devices printers, modems, scanners etc. originally designed to perform other functions, to play together as elements of an unconventional orchestra.
Performair aims to awake the everyday user from a state of cerebral numbness caused by the present proliferation of technological devices. By reappreasing traditional devices, new ways of auditory and visual communication can be explored. There is something more to design than developing brand new things.
The natural environment of the project are offices where auditory chaos can be replaced by harmonic order by having different devices set to perform together. This implies the possibility to extract the devices from that environment and perform in other contexts such as music festivals.
The project is theoretically based on a 3-step procedure:
- the recovery of objectivity
By decontextualising the object it is possible to discover its communicative potential.
- the modification of affordance (ready-made)
The object and its original function get separated: its shape does not suggest its function anymore.
- the recycling of an object
Once the object is set free from its cultural limitations it can be reused for artistic purposes. The old object becomes a new object.