TRANSFORMABLE // TRANSFORMER
This project started out of an specific commission.
The challenge consisted on being able to find a material that can be transformed into something else by a substance, that allows the first one to change at the same time both its physical dimension and its conceptual significance.
For this project, I created a catalogue that reflects the relationship I stablished between both materials:
- The usual alloy that is used to make soda cans (Aluminum, tin, brass...)
- NaCl, or Sodium Chloride, a.k.a regular eating salt.
The soda can alloy reacts through electrolysis, which is the technique I used to both add, extract, and substitute. This technique was homemade with a plastic tray and two opposite electrodes.
A soda can is one of the most alienated, replaceable items we use in our dairy life. It's shape and feeling must be identical to all of them, as is due for every industrial product. With the electrolysis, and changing its esthetic into something more similar to a fancy vase, we are allowed to empathize, to engage with that one can in particular, saving it from its conviction as an anonymous object, and offering the can a better (and longer) life.
This project opens a wide variety of issues that dance around the ideas or reproducibility, the dichotomy between an industrial object and an artistic object, and is also a small call of attention to be mindful about the objects that we use and dismiss every day .