‘Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist and designer who explores sound, interaction and electronics through his thought-provoking designs and ‘sound interjections’.
Today, products such as iPods have sleek, impenetrable skins and nano-components too small for the human hand to fix. It is difficult for consumers to understand the sheer complexity of the workings behind the exterior so these objects are devalued by becoming throwaway items when they malfunction. In response to this, Yuri has created a collection of working objects that attempt to demystify electronics and give the user a better understanding of how things work.
Through the process of assembly, the user gains an understanding and appreciation of the building blocks of more complex technologies.’
“It really comes down to understanding how things work, how things are, to be able to manipulate the system.
If you have the knowledge it means you can question what people say. A very important thing that young designers need to appreciate is that unless you understand the process and the system, you can’t interpret the system in your own language”.
– Sam Hecht in a discussion with Yuri on systems behind the exterior.
Extracts from Designers in Residence 2012