This project was developed in addition to the Wasteland exhibition at Vandalorum. With my design proposal I want to rethink the chain of tool development and offer a different perspective on it.
The machine I developed wants to uncover some processes of rope making. It is meant to be used by several people and certain design decisions reveal the process of production which helps to identify the tools, their use and meaning. For example the uncovered display of the gears. It helps to value the outcome, understand the material, its origin and the possible reuse of it.
When a tool is developed certain parameters drive the development of this tool. During the time of industrialisation for example efficiency and standardisation have maybe been the values to work towards. Ongoing from this point the process of rope making has been further developed. Every step in this chain is based on the previous functions and flaws of the machine. With this being said I believe that we only refine existing objects and through that, support and stabilise the established values, norms and culture of previous ages. My approach is going back to the origin of rope making where several people produced rope by hand with an easy tool. Starting there I wanted to enhance values and capacities that are important and might have been left behind, values like play, curiosity or communal production.
I would like to start a renegotiation of the values that drive us by changing the perspective on the tools we need. The machine would be a first step to inspire others and also the user to think new of the tools and their use. I would like to situate the machine in a educational context. Not only to learn about rope making but also about the effect and the importance of artefacts and tools for the development of the personal but also the cultural level.