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P1_Final Submission

Final Competition Entry

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LACIE + STARCK

Lacie, famous for external hard drives, teamed up with Phillipe Starck to produce a product titled “Blade Runner.”Lacie Blade RunnerAxon?

So we have a fancy box that helps us horde 4TB of music, photos, and out of date momentos!

Not Quite:  The beauty of the object (and its relevance to this site) is found in the rationale placed behind it.  I will let the combined marketing departments of the collaboration take this one on:

The LaCie Blade Runner is more than just a beautifully designed hard drive – it’s a creation by world famous designer Philippe Starck that represents the combination of human and machine. The LaCie Blade Runner’s sharp, cage-like enclosure surrounds an almost anthropomorphic, liquid metal interior. This metaphor was inspired by a cyber future illustrated in the 1982 movie “Blade Runner,” and begs the question – just how much control do we have over technology? – Product Web Page

So why then do we like it?  Because it is an existential metaphor for a concept that was explored in the 1980’s by Ridley Scott.  Where machines collide with Humanity.  That and it combines a fluid shape with a datum of planar surfaces. Just look at this graphical explanation:

Graphic Explanation

Pure Money

Techtonics, extended rationale, and a reference to a familiar yet somewhat obscure cult classic from the 1980’s.  This sounds like the primordial stew of BS that leads to successful architecture.  Great job Lacie, and great job Starck.

Lastly, a thought.  If we approach the creation of this product with the assumption that it was digitally visualized, designed, and fabricated; we can also draw parallells to the references the product draws up by invoking its name; Blade Runner.  Douglas Trumbull; the man responsible for the visuals of Blade Runner among other films (2001: A Space Odyssey,  Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters, etc. + he essentially invented IMAX), is cited with fostering a revolution in digital cinema. Even though he is considered a visionary in the creation of cinematic visuals, he rarely used digital technology.  Instead, he invented multiple processes of analog effects mixed with photographic techniques to create highly intriguing visuals that would be assumed as products of a computer.

Just some thoughts.

-WC

EDIT:

So, now that I am working within my Capstone again, I am drawn to some organic relevance beyond the whole “Blade Runner” one invoked by LaCie.  The capstone looks at utilizing an established grid that exists in Detroit’s Boblo Terminal as a basis for productivity.  As an esquise, I have looked into growth of Bee colonies in a pre-determined grid, as well as artificial organ growth within a predetermined protein structure.  So is the inclusion of a bio-morphic form amongst the rigid grid work defined a completely new idea?  Absolutely not.

To illustrate the thought: TED Talks + PBS… Enjoy?