With the installation entitled The Committee of Sleep by the designer duo taliaYsebastian, the MAK showcases seminal developments in the area of Social and Human Design. The presentation
of this Vienna-based design office established 2009 by Talia Radford and Juan Sebastián Gómez is already the third single
exhibition of the APPLIED ARTS. NOW series. taliaYsebastian have developed a piece especially for the exhibition situation at the MAK, which explores innovative uses
of freely available sources of energy. In addition, the show features design sketches and illustrations of other projects
of the two designers.
The Committee of Sleep makes use of the principle of energy scavenging, which means the capturing of surplus energy
from living organisms. The expansive installation, which is based on structural elements made of paper, is equipped with organic
light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), a newly developed lighting technology. The objects absorb energy released by the movement of
visitors in the exhibition room and transmit it to the light diodes. The lighting situation thus varies with the frequency
of visitors in the exhibition. To implement the project, the international Osram lighting technology company could be won
as a cooperating partner.
3 October 2012 6 January 2013 MAK Furniture Study Collection