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Collectif Toast
Spelaion explores an innovative and intelligent material that reacts to the public’s behaviour.
Collectif Toast

The collective called Toast is formed by 4 former students of the Master of Art, Science and Technology in Grenoble, France. They explore and experiment with new technologies. As a group, they combine different knowledge and expertise. From robotics to sound design and cognitive science, they mix and share their individual skills to create pluridisciplinary art. Collectif Toast regards the public as a conscious entity and not simply as a consumer of art. For that reason they often place it at the center of their installations and try to engage with it as much as possible. In February 2017, they set up an exhibition called Intersections in the CCSTI of Grenoble where they exhibited their works.

Spelaion

Spelaion offers the public to explore and interact with an ever-changing surface. This surface, made out of a new and intelligent material, hangs from the ceiling. The public is invited to enter the space underneath the surface and interact with the material by moving. Together, people influence the surface and create shapes that simulate geological formations found in caves. Each individual interactions add up to create a collective piece. Spelaion offers a reflection on the effects of time and renders noticeable movements that usually occur over decades. By letting people interact with such events, Spelaion questions our own impacts on the environment and our relationship to nature and matter. This opens up opportunities for innovation in product design, home design and urbanism. In the digital age, it is important to rethink the way we design and use the products we use everyday to better suit our needs and reduce waste. Spelaion offers a glimpse into a possible future by using an intelligent material that may very well be the solution.

DEAN

The basis of our research is the conception of an active system able to interact with a person in IMO mode: Interaction Man Object. The objective is to conceive disruptions in the customization as well as in the configurability and reconfigurability of the objects, when they are made and when they are used. We associate an environmental focus with a minimalist approach, and with recycling. To reach our goal, we need to conceive a new « e-material » system, where the « rules » for interacting will allow a usage that is as free as possible. To do this, the electronic systems will have to be in contact or even inside the material, because the system will be moved and « placed » where the user wants. We consider that in order to reach this IMO mode, defining the characteristic and the design of the electronic modules will be key for the applications and usages. DEAN Project will be the demonstration of it all.

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Spelaion
Collectif Toast
Spelaion explores an innovative and intelligent material that reacts to the public’s behaviour.
The artwork

Spelaion offers the public to explore and interact with an ever-changing surface. This surface, made out of a new and intelligent material, hangs from the ceiling. The public is invited to enter the space underneath the surface and interact with the material by moving. Together, people influence the surface and create shapes that simulate geological formations found in caves. Each individual interactions add up to create a collective piece. Spelaion offers a reflection on the effects of time and renders noticeable movements that usually occur over decades. By letting people interact with such events, Spelaion questions our own impacts on the environment and our relationship to nature and matter. This opens up opportunities for innovation in product design, home design and urbanism. In the digital age, it is important to rethink the way we design and use the products we use everyday to better suit our needs and reduce waste. Spelaion offers a glimpse into a possible future by using an intelligent material that may very well be the solution.

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About the artist
Collectif Toast

The collective called Toast is formed by 4 former students of the Master of Art, Science and Technology in Grenoble, France. They explore and experiment with new technologies. As a group, they combine different knowledge and expertise. From robotics to sound design and cognitive science, they mix and share their individual skills to create pluridisciplinary art. Collectif Toast regards the public as a conscious entity and not simply as a consumer of art. For that reason they often place it at the center of their installations and try to engage with it as much as possible. In February 2017, they set up an exhibition called Intersections in the CCSTI of Grenoble where they exhibited their works.

The technology
Spelaion

Spelaion explores an innovative and intelligent material that reacts to the public’s behaviour.

About the residency

The basis of our research is the conception of an active system able to interact with a person in IMO mode: Interaction Man Object. The objective is to conceive disruptions in the customization as well as in the configurability and reconfigurability of the objects, when they are made and when they are used. We associate an environmental focus with a minimalist approach, and with recycling. To reach our goal, we need to conceive a new « e-material » system, where the « rules » for interacting will allow a usage that is as free as possible. To do this, the electronic systems will have to be in contact or even inside the material, because the system will be moved and « placed » where the user wants. We consider that in order to reach this IMO mode, defining the characteristic and the design of the electronic modules will be key for the applications and usages. DEAN Project will be the demonstration of it all.