Based the commission on the success of Dunne and Raby’s exhibit for the Energy Gallery which used a critical design approach, the project was commissioned to design a speculative product for Spymaker exhibition in February 2007.
The ultimate aim of utilizing a critical design approach, which was considered to be a valuable method, focused on provoking children to wonder how technology influenced society, culture and politics in everyday life.
Although exploring the balance between fact and fiction and how to suspend disbelief accounts for a great part of the project, Dunne and Raby proceeded from exploring social trends, scientific research, forms and materials, attempting to re-map sensory input to different parts of the brain, such as seeing via hearing.
The outcome comprises two primary parts. One was the connection between the em-muzzle and the highly sensitive part of a dog's brain concerned with processing smell to an antenna for sensing electromagnetic fields; the other was the mask which disables the visual and hearing of the dog as to guiding its handler to an electronically unmonitored zone.
Despite the fact that modern technology cannot fulfill all dreams, the combination of critical design and the concept of provoking children to think had become a fascinating work. In modeling, since dogs do not usually wear a mask like that, Dunne and Raby had also successfully carried out 'making strange' or 'poeticizing the distance' between ourselves and the avant-garde dog.
Spymaker 2006/07 in Projects of Dunne and Raby