Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Design Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Design. Hertzian Tales. Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience’ and Critical Design. Anthony Dunne. The MIT Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. London, England. Reading “Hertzian Tales by Anthony Dunne was quite interesting as it echoed with some other readings/feelings/discussions. Although the.

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Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming, Beijing International Design Triennial, Designs for an Overpopulated Planet: The Pillow – video still. Tuneable Cities – Car Radio. Tuneable Cities – Babycom. Tuneable Cities – Babycom Map. Tuneable Cities – Scanner. Pillow – early sketch.

Thief of Affections – Portrait. Thief of Affections – Object of Desire.

Plotting leaky EM Fields for a telephone, computer, printer and fax machine. Hertzian Tales explores the role electronic products might play in the aesthetic inhabitation of a rapidly dematerialising, ubiquitous and intelligent environment.

As electronic products escape their cases and leak into the space surrounding them, it might become necessary hertaian people to seek shelter in specially constructed non-radio spaces or negative radios.

To shield our homes tale be hertzin luxury only the rich could afford. The Faraday Chair provides shelter from electromagnetic fields invading our homes. It is a utilitarian shelter of minimum dimensions and comfort, it might even be a retreat, a new place to dream, away from the constant bombardment of telecomunication and electronic radiation. The Pillow is an abstract radio for encouraging an awareness of the local electroclimate, a bit like weather equipment.


It responds to changes in the local radio frequency environment within a range of m, picking up mobile phones, pagers, walkie-talkies and talfs baby monitoring devices. Ehrtzian questions notions of privacy — although the person listening to conversations is a social invader, the radiation from the phone call is invading their home and body.

Tuneable Cities explores new experiences of overlapping electromagnetic and urban environments. This proposal uses the car as an interface to explore interactions with existing and new systems.

The most effective design intervention here is not at the level of the object, but its function. And it is through the medium of electronic products that new urban experiences are provided. We programmed a radio scanner with some frequencies for baby intercoms and illegal bugging devices and drove around London mapping what we found.

We produced maps to suggest these radio spaces were environments not just energy fields, something you can enter and occupy.

Notes on “Hertzian Tales by Anthony Dunne — pasta and vinegar

On some streets in the suburbs, almost half the houses transmitted domestic soundscapes leaked through wireless babycoms. Usually the car cuts us off from the environment, here it is intended to emphasise our connection. The car radio could reveal existing zones created by babycoms and illegal bugs, or heryzian could connect to new specially designed radio spaces created by radio birds for instance. The Thief of Affections is an exploration of design genres. If mainstream design is Hollywood, then this project is film noir.


By renting it, you borrow a perspective on everyday life and try it out for size.

Notes on “Hertzian Tales by Anthony Dunne

You enter a narrative as a protagonist; you may not like it, but like a film or a story, this is part of the experience. It’s a sort of walkman for an otaku — an alienated person in search of electronic affection. It’s a device for receiving weak electrical signals talds by pacemakers and turning them into vaguely erotic sounds. The device is rented for short periods of time like a book or video.

The object is upholstered in flesh coloured leatherette, sounds are heard through an ear-nipple.