January 15-21, 2018
MAGICBOX presents a collection of models for smart devices created by young designers based in Toronto alongside proposals for their intended function.
Electronic devices have become ubiquitous aspects of our daily lives and are some of our most-used tools. The form of these objects continues to reflect the architecture of flat circuit boards and screens, rather than that of the body. The scale and complexity of the components driving many of these devices means Arthur C. Clarke’s oft-quoted proclamation that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” rings true. We expect our various devices to work with little understanding of how they function and there is a tendency towards disconnect between the appearance of an object and its use.
The exhibition aims to investigate the potential of form to engender specific ways of interacting with these objects. By showcasing the models separately from their proposed functions viewers are asked to consider the relationship — or lack thereof — between form and function in the context of the electronic object.
Additional viewing available Monday to Friday 9am–5pm, and during the reception.
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