Aylin Kayser & Christian Metzner
IKARUS is based on the idea of visualizing electricity. Therefore we decided to give its observer a chance to become aware of its own electricity consumption by the metaphoric materialization of electricity.
Designer: Aylin Kayser & Christian Metzner (Germany)
IKARUS is based on the idea of visualizing electricity. Therefore we decided to give its observer a chance to become aware of its own electricity consumption by the metaphoric materialization of current.
Nowadays nearly everybody is depending on electric current but most of us are not aware of its endlessness. We have taken it as something granted, a ressource that was always available. In the age of globalisation, climate change and the accompanying climate catastrophes some people are starting to change their way of thinking. Electricity is something endless, ordinary, invisible and precious. A construction of stainless steel and steel is casted into the cone-shaped lampshade which consists of pure wax (paraffin) for stabilizing and holding the lampshade.
A light is centrally situated inside the lamp and causes the waxskin to melt as a result of the warmth produced so that over the course of time the lampshade will liquefy from the inside to the outside and will reform itself on the surface below.
In the course of the performative transformation each lamp is developing into an unique by designing its own form. Depending on the power of the lightsource, the surrounding temperatures and conditions “IKARUS” is melting faster or slower. This melting process can take till a month. The lamp is supposed to show its observer the caducity of electricity, time and space in an emotional and poetical way. Ikarus melts away and as a result changes into a critical symbol.
Designer: Aylin Kayser / Christian Metzner