WORKCENTRE 7120

Keywords: printing, absence, impossibility made possible through design

 
Rupert Residency space in the outskirts of Vilnius (c) Rupert

Rupert Residency space in the outskirts of Vilnius (c) Rupert

During a 3-week design research residency at Rupert, I had difficulties printing. In fact, I had such great difficulties, that I was not able to print a single b/w sheet of A4 until one of the very last days before returning back home. After much hassle and assistance from local staff, a single sheet of A4 reluctantly came out of the printer. It was a job report, essentially telling me that I was not able to print. With this richly designed sheet, featuring a range of data, layout, mobilization of white space etc., the impossibility of printing was yet made possible through design. This curious contradiction fascinated me, and my doctoral research deals precisely with this fundamental capacity in design.

The Workcentre 7120 Xerox printer at Rupert (c) Dovalde Butenaite.

The Workcentre 7120 Xerox printer at Rupert (c) Dovalde Butenaite.

 
The Workcentre 7120 Job Report. With its prominent mobilization of white space, the job report brings Kenya Hara’s concept of ‘kizen’ to mind, as “a situation of implicit action, the moment before something happens, and thus becomes explicit in the real world, in response to a particular impulse” (Hara, Designing Design, 2014, p. 216). The job report offers one answer to the question of how design consciously is able to show forth possibility in a conscious way.

The Workcentre 7120 Job Report. With its prominent mobilization of white space, the job report brings Kenya Hara’s concept of ‘kizen’ to mind, as “a situation of implicit action, the moment before something happens, and thus becomes explicit in the real world, in response to a particular impulse” (Hara, Designing Design, 2014, p. 216). The job report offers one answer to the question of how design consciously is able to show forth possibility in a conscious way.

The Workcentre 7120 Job Report, annotated.

The Workcentre 7120 Job Report, annotated.

THANKS to Rupert and especially Director Justė Jonutytė. Workcentre 7120 is a project carried out as part of my doctoral research at Umeå Institute of Design, and is discussed further in my thesis (available here).