workout computer by bless features punching bag keyboard at istanbul design biennial
workout computer by bless features punching bag keyboard at istanbul design biennial
nov 03, 2014
workout computer by bless features punching bag keyboard at istanbul design biennial


workout computer by bless features punching bag keyboard at istanbul design biennial
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in the future…will you work out, while working? fashion/design studio bless led by berlin-based ines kaag and paris-based desiree heiss consider the possibilities of play and production, fitness and functionality with their prototype for the ‘N°41 workout computer’, a monitor with a keyboard comprised of operable punching bags. typing becomes a full-body experience, as participants are asked to step on a dot, hammer an explanation and kick a question mark into an e-mail. letters and numerals have been printed onto the surface of variously shaped bags for visitors to interact with and experience, with a punchable print button sending typed data to a printer. 

 

presented at the 2nd istanbul design biennial, titled ‘the future is not what it used to be’ the project illustrates the studio’s ultimate aim to create situations that challenge the perception of the beholder, asking us to experience new ways to see, feel and meet the world. ‘more seriously we see it as a good test to touch new ground in combining work and leisure time in a playful way’ the duo describe. 

 

 


bless n°40 whatwasitagain
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‘we find it terribly outdated to have a day split into a working time and a leisure time,’ heiss and kaag say. the ‘workout computer’ constitutes a new live/work balance manifesto! a living and punching statement against a work routine seated in front of a screen that, through its immobility, causes aches and pains that require an investment of time in exercise to remedy it. the ‘workoutcomputer’ proposes a future where ‘brainworks’ [conceptual brain activity] are accompanied by ‘bodyworks.’ the biennial presents the first all-day testing of this possibility, providing technical support to reconfigure the ‘workout computer’ for daily public use.

workout computer by bless at the istanbul design biennial 2014
letters have been printed onto the surface of variously shaped punching bags for participants to interact with
image courtesy of bless

workout computer by bless at the istanbul design biennial 2014
a participant at the istanbul design biennial experiences the ‘workout computer’
image courtesy of bless

workout computer by bless at the istanbul design biennial 2014
small and large letters and numbers comprise the fucntional punching bag keyboard
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workout computer by bless at the istanbul design biennial 2014
a large question mark can be kicked and punched into an email
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workout computer by bless at the istanbul design biennial 2014
each bag has a printed letter, which can be punched and kicked to type onto the computer
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BLESS N°40 workout computer at the istanbul bienale 2014
the installation within the exhibition space at the istanbul design biennial
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workout computer by bless at the istanbul design biennial 2014
the print punching button autonomously sends the text to the printer
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BLESS N°40 workout computer at the istanbul bienale 2014
the project considers the possibilities of fitness and functionality
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additional project credits:

 

engineered by: rene wassenburg
software created by:
clemence plagnard

 

about the 2nd istanbul design biennial:

 

the 2nd istanbul design biennial ‘the future is not what it used to be’ organized by the istanbul foundation for culture and arts (IKSV) and curated by zoë ryan opens to the public on november 1st, 2014. throughout the city and in the biennial hub, galata greek primary school, the biennial features 53 projects from designers all over the world that ask: ‘what is the future now?’ as well as panels, conversations, workshops, film screenings and many other events until 
14 december 2014. by rethinking the manifesto as a platform to frame pertinent questions, the projects question the role of design, its relationship to society, and its ability to be an active agent for change.

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