The Auction Room – Katrin Baumgarten at Designersblock 2011

September 16, 2011

The Light Switches
Katrin Baumgarten
“Exposed light switches”

The “exposed light switches” broadcast shame in order to confront us with this concealed emotion.

According to Katrin Baumgarten, shame is the fundamental reason for human disconnection, as it motivates the building of a fake facade towards others. ‘This facade is nourished and kept as tidy as possible to secure one’s place in society’. As she argues, ‘only by revealing our weaknesses can we connect to another person in a profound way’, and shame is the moment when one feels really weak.
The light switches are usually aseptic objects, and our interaction with them rather remote, subconsciously marginalized by habit.
Katrin Baumgarten decided to change this by applying emotions to our dehumanized relation with machines: the “exposed light switches” react. Ashamed, they prevent us from manipulating them, they disappear, they freeze, they disguise.

Photographer Ed Kulakowski

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