Right in front of you behind your back. When Hollywood stars you knew just retired or died and the ones taking Oscars home were born in the late 90s. The time when the songs you love are called “Indie classics” on a Spotify playlist. A time when you give up on six-bed dorms and decide from now on its maximum 4 beds for adventures. There is this moment when you realise some years may have past. That’s ageing. Right in front of you behind your back.
“Ach Du liebe Zeit” is investigating time passing on objects and surfaces and the creation or not of value over time. The project explores the means of consumption, product cycles and the inherent nature of product memory. In extensive documentation, everyday life objects and situations were documented telling the story of use, environmental influences and traces of their existence in a bigger system. Four principles were observed that would later be ground for the creation of time-sensitive objects: the act of growing, leaving behind, taking away and decay.
Each everyday life object would use one of the principles to reveal their value over time. A growing shelf allows for a growing library. A chair is upholstering itself with fluff that it’s users leave behind. The special coating of a table allows for layers of colour and graphic to appear over time and use. Cutlery oxides a set of imprints triggered through use and dishwasher detergent.
The readymade objects are using experimental techniques and material explorations to change appearance, their shape or use over time and show their full potential and value when kept and loved for a long time.
Title : Ach Du liebe Zeit
Year : 2009, Bolzano
Role : Designer
Is : pro ageing
Should be : a bug as feature
Will : be time sensitive