mute with chris fatseas.
There are currently 7,106 languages being spoken around the world in contemporary society according to Ethnologue. Some spoken only by 1,000's while others spoken by millions of people every day. It is not just fascinating the sheer number of languages but more so the amount which are in trouble and or "dying" - 2,434 to be precise! There are also emerging and developing languages however, humanity is not entirely converging.
Binary code had first been explored in 1679 by German Mathematician and Philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz and forms the basis of all of our everyday digital interactions. Since 1679, further and further our existence has become digitized and the significance of this silent language has increased. The digital permeation of the urban environment combined with mass manufacturing has borne an age of Machine-made objects. Each of these products are an exploration of the Machine Aesthetic, a poem of form comprised of straight edges transitioned by perfect radii into straight once more, which repeat until eventually finding their beginnings. The Frank pendant light and Alfred Magazine Rack explore the need for "draft" in some production techniques and how it can aesthetically inform design.
To provide contrast between the Machine-made and the Human I asked Chris to photograph the products in a real world setting entirely raw and uncontrived. On a winters afternoon, the sun was low and subtly lit a barren construction site.
"We shot in the midst of a half-finished renovation complete with freshly stripped concrete walls, bare floors and paint encrusted ladders. "Too often the use of a stark white backgrounds and a single lighting setup dominates current product photography and the role of the photographer becomes one of technician and all creativity stripped away. The silhouette-like shapes of the Nexus hangers appear as long shadows against the bare concrete. The marble-white bollard stands centered as a carved bust dedicated to an ordered, modern civilization."(Chris Fatseas)
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