Gentromat

2012/2013 — The Gentromat development is based on the concept Provocative Technologies, a design approach of Dr. Ralph Borland. Provoking the recipient is the target of the product and not its obvious primer function. This means that the main aim of the product is provoking reactions of the viewer through its potential in its primer function of anonymously supplying our customers with professionalized kits, to help making a gentrification-struck neighborhood unattractive and uninteresting for potential investors and hence keeping the rents low.

It is a fully functional vending machine that supplies customers with six different products supporting individual actions for resistances against gentrification. The kits offer a wide variety of tools and objects for the individual, ranging from subtle and silent to destructive and highly offensive. In doing so, the Gentromat challenges the user to reflect on the critical topics of gentrification, urban renewal and inner-city displacement.

The Gentromat was on display in Cologne and Cape-Town as part of an international project at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. On site our team held a one-week workshop with local students to draft more concepts on how to tackle the problems of modern city development.

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The second edition of the Gentromat on display in The Banks in Capetown.

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A brochure explaining an exhibition on the topic of gentrification in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Packaging designed to hold a collection of information material on affordable housing.

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Another example of the machine’s content. A lightbulb filled with the famous Yves Klein Blue.

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Feedback meetings with the students of CPUT and presenting the final results to the public.

In cooperation with Hanno Mühlenbach and Marian Müsch.