Dodo Lab exhibition at the PR1 Gallery

Hey folks, just a quick blog about our Dodo Lab (not to be confused with DodoLab, an experimental art and design based program in Canada www.dodolab.ca) exhibition. The exhibition is part of the UCLan MA show which runs from Monday 16th – Thursday 26th Jan 10am – 4pm in the PR1 Gallery at the Victoria Building at UCLan (PR1 2HE). We used reclaimed cable reels as props to display our prototypes on and used Plumen energy saving light bulbs to light each of the pieces. There are also two banners behind the display with images on them visualising the prototypes in a retail environment. These were printed on tracing paper in black and white to give a ghosting effect, reflecting that the QR (Quick Response) Codes help restore the prototypes lost past. Three oversized swing tickets are suspended above each of the prototypes with the relevant QR Code linking to the prototypes web page – these form part of the branding we did to link to prototypes to our Dodo brand and commercialise the project. Each prototype has a scaled down version of the swing ticket attached which has instructions on the back of it explaining how the new owner can contribute to it’s ongoing narrative by generating a QR Code of their own. Once they have done this they can add it to the prototype in whatever way they wish so it becomes the next stage of it’s life story.

Here is some information about the project:

Dodo Lab is a research project set up to find ways of regenerating old and unwanted pieces of furniture. The experimental nature of the project has led to us keeping prototype (1, 2 & 3 etc) as the name for each of the pieces. Each prototype comes with a QR (Quick Response) Code that unites the prototypes past, present, and future. By scanning the barcode with a smartphone you unlock information about its former life also allowing the new owner to contribute to its ongoing narrative. This adds intrigue and a unique human history to the once neglected objects, making them valuable and special once more. The Prototypes can only be bought by swapping services or by doing a good deed, much like designers within their working environment, therefore the only currency used is the swap or deed itself.

All the photographs you see here are by David Schofield check out www.david-schofield.co.uk to see more of his amazing work.

We hope you like the project, it has sustainability and good will at it’s heart and we hope that shows – please let us know what you think. All feedback welcome.

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