For one afternoon Playground was turned into a blank space inviting people to experience an art show only via their smartphones.
You Don’t Know What It Smells Like– A Scenario for Digital Ubiquity
— Lena Hasselmann + Catharina Hirsch
24th of March 2018
For one afternoon Playground was turned into a blank space inviting people to experience an art show only via their smartphones. Questioning the concept of first hand experience the two designers have created a room where physical presence of both visitor and artwork gets questioned.
Lena Haselmann and Catharina Hirsch are both students at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe (Germany) and spent the last six months in London working for different design practices. The easiest way to discover and move around the city was with the help of their smartphones. As a result of that their experiences has been shaped and restricted by the mechanisms of digital applications.
Their first collaborative project and resulting show is processing the importance of physical presence and our co-dependence with portable electronic devices. A recorded video of a past and temporary installation in that very same room will be accessible online through smartphones. The only physical remains of the already taken down artworks are numbers on the wall leading the visitor through the prerecorded video. These artworks on show are of different media and form. While Catherina is focusing on photography, Lena works with video and sculpture.
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As designer with a minimalist approach Catharina aims to develop an intuitive understanding of our visual loud times. Her tools include typography, graphic design and photography. The transition between written language, symbols and image across different technologies play an important role in her work.
Lena‘s work has a strong focus on manual craft and she is driven by the question how much visual impact is related to the entirety of an artwork. Auditory impressions and the interaction of written and spoken words are fields Lena likes to explore. Combining them with physical objects with their individual materiality often lead to unexpected results.