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DIY Deformations: BTM Ceramics by Philipp Schenk-Mischke

DIY Deformations: BTM Ceramics by Philipp Schenk-Mischke

BTM Ceramics by Philipp Schenk-Mischke

Like an analog plug-in to a traditional system, Philipp Schenk-Mischke’s work explores the misuses of traditional material in our post-internet age. In the case of the collection BTM ceramics, our pick for FestiveNESS, a body vibration plate is reappropriated from the fitness industry to deform the shape of each design. Schenk-Mischke’s methodology raises important design questions in our black-boxed world.

Ph. Courtesy Phillipp Schenk-Mischke

BTM Ceramics by Philipp Schenk-Mischke

BTM Ceramics is a collection of ceramic pieces that are distorted right after demolding by placing the malleable pieces on a body vibration plate to gently vibrate and shake them into organic shapes. The vibration plate is hijacked from its traditional purpose in the fitness industry and becomes a tool to investigate and create new ideas, processes, expressions, and craft.

BTM Ceramics was developed as one of two projects that are called Process Plug-Ins, drawing from experimental material explorations, iterations of production processes, and the use of artifacts as tools to inform design creation. They utilize unique processes to develop the expressive potential in industrial materials and open up fields of exploration.

Through this design methodology, Schenk-Mischke’s work provokes discussion through reimagining classic mechanisms of mass manufacturing and corporate culture, confronting them with notions of do-it-yourself, post-internet culture, and readymades. This often results in distorted outcomes and new experiences, suggesting a critical approach to what surrounds us. These designs question the old, once-designed links that we perceive as natural occurrences.

Ph. Courtesy Phillipp Schenk-Mischke

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