The idea of a tree


Freshly founded design studio mischer’traxler have a mind-blowing “idea of a tree”

“This concept was inspired by a certain fascination for machines and nature. A tree is a product of its specific time and place. It reacts and develops according to its surrounding and constantly records various environmental impacts in its growth process. Each single tree tells its own story of development. The goal of ‘the idea of a tree’- project was to bring the recording qualities of a tree and its dependence on natural cycles into products.
Therefore machines were developed which are recording and producing at the same time.

One example was ‘day-printer’ – still in development.
It records as a textile-print all variations of light intensities and any inputs happening on the printer´s surface, during one day. The textile or paper, is soaked with a special blueprint-emulsion and placed in a dark compartment of the printer. Then the process works similar to a scanner.
Changes of the sun’s intensity become visible as striations. Anything that happens to be on top of the scanner results in white parts or lighter blue distortions.
The outcome is a record of one day at one spot.

Recorder 1
The final outcome is an autonomous mechanical production process which is a hybrid combination of natural input and mechanical process. It involves the translation of natural inputs through a mechanical apparatus in order to create one object a day. The recorder is totally dependent on sun light. Driven by solar energy, it reacts and incorporates the light intensity into an object.
The outcoming object reflects the various sunshine conditions that occur during a day. Like a tree the object becomes a three dimensional recording of its process and time of creation.

The machine starts producing when the sun rises and stops when the sun settles down. After sunset, the finished object can be ‘harvested’.
It slowly grows the object, by pulling threads through a colouring device, a glue basin and finally winding them around a mould.
The length/height of the resulting object depends on the sunhours of the day. The thickness of the layer and the colour is depending on the amount of sun-energy. (more sun = thicker layer and paler colour; less sun=thinner layer and darker colour)

This correlation between input and output makes the changes visual and readable.
Each produced object represents one day at one spot where it was produced.

The concept of introducing natural input into a serial production process suggests aswell a new way of looking at locality.
What could be called industrialized locality, is not so much about local culture, craftsmanship or resources, instead it deals with the climatic and environmental factors of the process surrounding.

While on the equator the objects would have everyday the same height, in Europe e.g. the height changes constantly because of the seasons.”


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