«When Objects Dream» exhibition in Milan, 12–17.04.2016, Spazio Orso 16, Milan

«When Objects Dream» exhibition in Milan
Spazio Orso 16, Milan

Do objects sometimes dream about themselves? What if we could enter their dreams? Virtual reality? Connected objects? On the occasion of the Milan International Furniture Fair 2016, from 12th to 17th April at the Spazio Orso 16, ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne presents a collection of interactive experiments developed by Bachelor Media and Interaction Design students.

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Ever since they appeared, we have been worshipping the objects around us while being extremely demanding of them. What if the roles were reversed for once? Instead of asking objects to make us dream, why don’t we consider their own dreams? Premonitory dreams that anticipate a possible future of objects?

In this exhibition presented by the Bachelor Media & Interaction Design students of ECAL, a series of objects offers visitors a rather unsettling experience. In order to uncover its subtleties they will have to learn to adjust to the objects on display so as to perceive each piece’s personality.

In a certain way, this project as a whole leads us to question the future of familiar objects. How does our relationship to them changes as they become capable of making a statement about their own existence, interact by using onboard sensors and grow increasingly connected to our communication networks? Do I see my toothbrush differently knowing that it records each movement in my mouth and therefore displays a form of consciousness?

As part of the experiments developed for this exhibition, the students created two families of objects. The first integrates a virtual reality principle which allows you to literally look inside the objects, to immerse yourself for a time into a parallel reality which objects let you glimpse at. The second is made up of objects whose basic function is augmented or transformed through activity sensors. This is their way of making us reflect on the future of so-called smart or connected objects.

The objects on display, whose function is but fiction, tell their own story, encouraging us to see and use them differently. In a playful manner, they lead us to rethink some of our distrust in the face of change and as regards, their future.

Credits :

Project Tutors : Alain Bellet, Cyril Diagne, Vincent Jacquier, Pauline Saglio & SIGMASIX

Assistants : Romain Cazier, Laura Perrenoud & Tibor Udvari

Prototype Workshop :Jonathan Bloch, Sandro Bolzoni, Fabio Della Casa, Jérémy Faivre, Kevin Gouriou, Anthony Guex & Pascal Ospelt

Scenography : Sébastien Cluzel

Exhibition : Antoine Vauthey

Dates and schedules


Spazio Orso 16, Milan
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«Headlight» by ECAL/Aloïs Geiser & Andrea Ramirez Aburto. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Browse Air» by ECAL/Pierry Jaquillard & Justine Rieder. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Metronomy» by ECAL/Luca Kasper & Callum Ross. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Broom Broom» by ECAL/Erika Marthins & Hélène Portier. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Pump It Up» by ECAL/Pierre Allain-Longval & Mathilde Colson. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Ear Cup» by ECAL/Salomé Chatriot. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Scalastic» by ECAL/David Nguyen & Fabiola Soavelo. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Tabula Rasa» by ECAL/Thomas Faucheux & Arthur Moscatelli. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Look Book» by ECAL/Pietro Alberti & Elise Migraine. Image ECAL/Younès Klouc
«Look Book» by ECAL/Pietro Alberti & Elise Migraine. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche


«Melting Hot» by ECAL/Adrien Kaeser & Corentin Vignet. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Bloom» by ECAL/Mélanie Courtinat. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Metricks» by ECAL/Kelian Maissen, Mathieu Palauqui & Guillaume Simmen. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
"Eye Drop» by ECAL/Charlotte Broccard & Stella Speziali. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Catapulse» by ECAL/André Andrade & Giulio Barresi. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche
«Catapulse» by ECAL/André Andrade & Giulio Barresi. Image ECAL/Younès Klouche