Animal technology for human practice
Innate creation, life coming into being by itself: this fascinates me, as it symbolizes the essence of creation in my view. As a designer I am always searching for new ways of producing things and question existing processes, as well as my own role.
In the spider factory nature’s perfect balance is reproduced. At the same time the system is intended to evoke a strong awareness of nature’s vulnerability.
The factory mimics the natural setting in which spiders live in the wild, recreating the essential aspects that allow them to prosper. In this setting – a factory as an imitation of nature to facilitate the production of spiders – the animals are stimulated to produce silk for human use. Eventually the system might create a material, and objects, with an as yet unrealized potential.
Photos and text courtesy by Thomas Maincent