This project is an experiment in designing towards spiritual utility, creating a technology that enables an interactive and transformative relationship between user, object, and environment through poetic modes. It seeks to explore the function in enchantment - how experiences of mysticism and magic may catalyse radical transformation in the world.
It draws heavily from the written thesis work entitled ‘Alchemical Design and the Theatre of the Future’, and the name Phenotype is chosen to reflect this. A phenotype is the physical expression of genetic data in living organisms. In abstract terms it is the actualization of virtuality. In this context the Phenotype project is the practical manifestation of theories, finding alternative ways to communicate the concepts of the paper beyond academic writing and to a wider audience.
The result is a multi-object with many constituent parts and functions, made to operate as a ‘spiritual modelling apparatus’: a framework which allows experimental interactions of ritual and play.
Gastropod/artist/alchemical designer from Zimbabwe.
Growing the concepts of alchemical design in collaboration with talented creative, making an impact and rupturing old orders.
It very much depends on the context, but I feel most excited by designs that charm and enchant as well as serve their purpose… substances with souls.
The limited access to facilities during the pandemic and the university bureaucracy.
Things that are other, things that challenge, things that glow. My influences are a constellation, i could never describe them singularly.
Dissolving, coagulating and conjoining the things around and inside.
Have trust, stay perceptive, be open.
My art became more designerly and my design more artistic. Now the borde rs between the two aren't so clear
I felt the practicality of design would benefit my career, and the environment of Berlin would connect me to a creative pulse I have been drawn to for years.
Early morning classes and strange glares from business students in the cafeteria.
Visiting my partner in NYC.