Monday, July 19, 2010

Switches designed to gross you out

Switches designed to gross you out: from MAKE Magazine

This recent installation by German artist Katrin Baumgarten's consists...

...of 14 switches transformed in a disgusting way. Every time a switch is pressed, a virtual light-bulb on a screen is lighted up as a feedback for the test-person....I want to show that people are indeed both repelled and fascinated by the disgusting transformation of the switches.
Among other delights, there's a switch that retreats into its enclosure when your finger approaches, a switch that extrudes a stream of snotty goo when pressed (and retracts it when released), and (my personal favorite) a hairy switch with a pilomotor reflex that makes the hairs stand up when you try to touch it. Squick!

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