on — off

Der Schalter, der spielerisch mit Stromverbrauch konfrontiert / The switch that playfully confronts power consumption

Josua Roters

Juli / July - 2021

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Bachelor of Arts


Actually, we already know what to do. Save electricity, save water, use sustainable materials. But how can we change our habits when products make it hard for us to understand? Consumption becomes a subconscious action. 'on - off' exemplarily questions the interface of an everyday product. In a humorous way, an everyday habit is interrupted interactively. Unlike the ordinary toggle switch, this one has a small loop protruding from the housing. A long rope is attached to it, which can be pulled out in the same way as a music box. The further the rope is pulled out of the switch, the longer the light burns. Over time, the rope is retracted into the housing by a spring mechanism until the light goes out again. A quick reset is also possible.