...a machine to allow an amateur to do something that an amateur has never have done before.
Organisations are no longer required for people to be organised. And amateur's are passionate about what they do. The change, Charles Leadbeater tells us, is that they want to do it to very high standards. On one hand, this can have economic implications but it can also lead to alternative ideologies and systems. With growing social networks, the diversity of specialist areas opening up to the amateur is also expanding.
We will use an anthropological model from the film 'The Perfect Human', as a vehicle to isolate an idea, adjust reality and provide a semi fictional framework to explore the topic; The professionalisation of the amateur in the age of social networks.
The Perfect Human in a complex technological world is no longer a passive consumer but an active producer, not only of products but of experiences and of ideologies. The Perfect Human is passionate, an amateur, creating for the love of it, but creating to very high standards; an existential being in control of his/her destiny. In 2012 the Perfect Human has a continuous internet connection, the room is boundless, there are no boundaries and there is nothing, only the imagination. Who is (s)he? What can (s)he do?
Design a device/machine which enables an amateur to do something that an amateur has never been able to do before.
Notes on Scientific Models (from Wikipedia):
All scientific models are simplified reflections of reality, but, despite their inherent falsity, they are nevertheless extremely useful. A science model is also a way in which the human thought processes can be amplified. A simulation brings a model to life and shows how a particular object or phenomenon will behave.
STAGE ONE: Sketch & Speculate. Using lo-fi 3D modelling techniques and film.
STAGE TWO: Make it real (convincing), to a very high level.
- a full scale working model
- a complex material model
- a hybrid simulation, using detailed props and film.
INITIAL REFERENCES & iNSPIRATION
10,000 hour rule (Anders Ericsson 1992, Malcolm Gladwel 2004)
The idea of a tree - recorder 1
Rotational moulded shoe. Marloes ter Bhömer
Device for experiencing lightening strike
The other volcno
The soyuz chair
Menstruation machine - sputniko
Natural Deselection - Tim Simpson (should be in machines that measure and count... )
The centre for genomicgastronomy - and mutagenic meals -
Fancy Cat Club
Tuur Van Balen - Pigeons & Synthetic immune system.
Cruiser Charisma -
The five obstructions - Lars van Trier and Jorgen Leth
Interview with Jan Bolen - Director of Z33