From a technical aspect, energy can only be used as consumption, and it is definitely the most valuable property in capitalist economy. It exists in different kinds of forms, and being appraised by capitalist.
The STATIC! project tries to represent energy in not only technical aspect but also aesthetics. By integrating technical components into an everyday object, they shape the object’s aesthetic expression, then enable the reflective use.
In the project “The Energy Curtain”, a daily object was given an alternative function without changing its original form. Curtains used to block the light from outside, but now it becomes a device to delay the effect of light. When user choose to draw the curtain, he also choose to save the light for a later use. It is a new interpretation of a daily object using experience.
In the scenario, the user reflects when drawing the curtain, she has to make a choice between consuming or saving the energy. Meanwhile, the poetic distance and the aesthetic of energy can be embodied.
Compare to other projects in STATIC!, the Energy Curtain is neutral. It represents energy in a poetic way. Users don’t need to change their behavior but require a thoughtful engagement.
Backlund, S. 2006. STATIC! The Aesthetics of Energy in Everyday Things