Michelle Gerullis bei Prof. Detlef Rhein (Entwurf) und Prof. Dr. Annika Frye (Theorie)

Oktober / October - 2018

Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel


metis is an artefact physically representing individual ecological influences through tracking and displaying of relevant information and furthermore understanding these as part of the human body. This creates new relations, visualizes formerly hidden interdepencies and understands mankind as member of the ecosystem, extending the conception of man endlessly.

What is the Topic?

The modern conception of man is based on understanding humans as individuals, completely separated from environment, disregarding what is emerged and especially what remains. metis refers metaphorically to the ecological correlations, particularly to the individually generated co2; instead of an abstract quantity it becomes part of everyday life, of humans. Secondary vital parameters represent interdepencies and augment established vital signs - existential relations become transparent, the life of modern mankind gets into perspective and the conception of man extends eternally.

Why does it look like this?

metis outlines a modern artefact drawing attention to the man-made situation, particularly the individual secondary vital parameters. This archaic understanding of artefacts with the straightforward metal form refers to human past as well as future: radical minimalism and timeless design emphasize the long-term validadity of the new ecological instance. This form also demonstrates dissociation from fast-paced consumer products.

What is special?

metis creates relation between individual decisions and ecological consequences for the first time. An independant language - the language of nature - is established, initiating conscious exploration and recognition of the ecosystem as autonomous yet connecting element. Representated through an adaptive imprint which visualises the reasonable frame (according IPCC) as basis while amplitudes falling low or overshoot respectively - in form of daily or lifetime-wide timelines. In addition to highly critical correlations co2 has an average dwell time of 120 years and is therefore a cross-generational factor, urging new priorities, foresight and balance. In order to illustrate the long-term consequences, metis remains with the family as an heirloom for another 120 years after the death of the user - until the last influence has been removed. A new understanding of legacy: children grow up in a world in which artefacts remind us of long deceased people whose ecological heritage still

What is new?

metis as a speculative project is located in a completely smart environment and functions as tracking system for all everyday decisions with ecological relevance. The artefact is provided by the state and understood as a lifelong companion that trustfully stores personal data: for a new political approach, of course on a fully voluntary basis. In addition, metis initiates a conscious exploration through elevated interaction as well as acquisition of the language of nature, represented as an adaptive imprint. The elaboration of communication promotes the conscientious handling and perception of the artefact‘s independent value - in contrast to the automated access