mischer’traxler studio is a partnership between Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler. They have an ongoing project called ‘The Idea of a Tree” which features objects that are produced using the natural input of the sun with a mechanical process. This creates unique objects that represent the sun’s intensity on the day and place of production.
The length/height of the resulting object depends on the sunhours of the day.
winter = shorter objects
summer = longer objects
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
The correlation between input and output makes the changes visual and readable. The product becomes a three-dimensional ‘photograph’ of the time and the place where it is produced.
After one day of winding the cotton structure can be ‘harvested’ off the machine. A few days, later the dried piece is finished by hand and a label, telling day and place of production, is placed on the evening side of the object.
From November 6th to December 6th, their work will be on display at Novalis Fine Arts, a design and art gallery in Turin, Italy. Check it out if you have the chance!