Roman Kirschner—lecturer/researcher at ZHdK Interaction Design—is part of the DGTF conference 2021. «When mirrors metabolize» is part of the panel «Performative Surfaces».
When mirrors metabolize
by Roman Kirschner
What kind of mirrors are capable of reflecting our contemporary civilizations characterized by challenges like resource depletion, environmental degradation, and global climate change, to name just a few? To capture such complexity, we certainly need to move away from 2-dimensional reflective surfaces and look at spatially more potent constellations. An alternative should incorporate a metabolic perspective offering a systemic view that takes into account the need for continuous extraction and transformation of energy in constant relation to the environment. Through the dynamic surfaces of spatial settings allowing for metabolic perspectives, we might discover otherwise unseen or incomprehensible links that connect us better to our planet's metabolism.But how can we develop such an environment? How can designers and artists work with existing environmental systems and improve them? In my short input I will present first steps of this journey.
Performative Surfaces (programm/abstracts)