An Antidote to Loneliness
An Antidote to Loneliness presents four proposals for the technologies of the electrical grid, each one weaving existing technologies into healthy relationships with the ecologies around them. The project rejects the treatment of these technologies as mere “utilities,” suggesting that design interventions be executed for the sake of enabling our technologies to more fully participate in the act of living. Expressed through a series of publications titled Practices for Technological Friendship, the project lays out interventions that the ordinary citizen -- the user of the technology -- can enact.
Below are excerpts from Practices for Technological Friendship Volume 3: The Substation. This volume proposes the enabling of a relationship between magnetic field-philic plants and electrical substations through strategic soil exposure and pesticide application. An irreducible behavior of the substation (producing a strong magnetic field) is used as the basis for affiliation and generosity between the machinery of the substation and plants that thrive in abnornally high magnetic field conditions.
…a process of becoming ever-more attached to, and intimate with, a panoply of nonhuman natures.
-Bruno Latour, Love Your Monsters
Type _ Speculative design
Time _ 2016
Location _ The electrical grid
Advisor _ Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, Holes of Matter
Fragaria vesca (Wild strawberry): Increased fruit yield
Zea mays (Corn): Promotion of germination
Beta vulgaris (Beet): Increased root and leaf yield