An Antidote to Loneliness

 

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.

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…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

 
 
 Speculation on geomagnetic field reversal and angiosperm evolution  Source: Maffei, Mossimo E. “Magnetic Field Effects on Plant Growth, Development, and Evolution.” Fromtiers in Plant Science 5 (2014): 445. PMC. Web. 13 December 2015.

Speculation on geomagnetic field reversal and angiosperm evolution

Source: Maffei, Mossimo E. “Magnetic Field Effects on Plant Growth, Development, and Evolution.” Fromtiers in Plant Science 5 (2014): 445. PMC. Web. 13 December 2015.

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Fragaria vesca (Wild strawberry): Increased fruit yield

Zea mays (Corn): Promotion of germination

Beta vulgaris (Beet): Increased root and leaf yield

 
 
 Anatomy of a substation: an interior area is covered with gravel and regularly treated with pesticides, inhibiting the growth of any plant life

Anatomy of a substation: an interior area is covered with gravel and regularly treated with pesticides, inhibiting the growth of any plant life

 
 Magnetic field mapping of a substation

Magnetic field mapping of a substation

 
 
 
 Plan of designated areas for plant growth in substation, designed in coordiation with magnetic field strength and required maintenance paths

Plan of designated areas for plant growth in substation, designed in coordiation with magnetic field strength and required maintenance paths

 
 Plan showing new vegetation growth in substation

Plan showing new vegetation growth in substation

 
 
 
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 Lo-fi strategy for controlling pesticide application

Lo-fi strategy for controlling pesticide application

 
 Maintenance accessibility and areas for vegetation growth are interwoven

Maintenance accessibility and areas for vegetation growth are interwoven

 
 
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