Pinkdot meets Uta Brandes in her living-and-work place in Köln City. As she opens
her doors a variety of chairs, artworks of all sizes, materials and colors are inspiringly welcoming us. The ensembles emphasize Uta's first interpretation of "Dingverhältnis".
She points out that objects can establish a relationship between each other and create something new by their unique combination.
However Uta's second interpretation is channeling to one of her fields of research.
She pictures "We love or hate objects, find them necessary or indifferent, ignore them,
collect or hide them. All of this expresses a kind of ratio that evaluates the relationship we
have with a thing. Uta Brandes calls this the interface between subject and object."
Further Uta focusses on the sexual dimension on this interface. She says that if we like
a thing or not is (often) gender-related. "This is not natural in terms of biology but based on how we grow up and how we are trained. Also the context of use and the motivation why we have things can differ between sexes. Sport Utility Vehicles are bought by men and women in equal parts. However the intentions of women who buy these cars are havin a better overview, feel saver and more in control of things. In contrast, for men rather the feeling of being in the Australian outback although driving on a street in Colgne makes the point."
Further we want to know how Uta Brandes defines Design. "In contrary to art, design is
only becoming ‚real‘ trough usage. A design object which is standing around somewhere is senseless. I wouldn’t use a painting as a tray but a table that isn’t allowed to be used is
senseless or wrong as a concept of design." The utilization concept always carries a deep relationship between human and object wich leads us to the term Non Intentional Design
that Uta Brandes came out with. "People always use things different than the original
intention. Interestingly we all do this all over the world in different cultures." For example we make wooden veggie boxes to shelfs on the wall, a used wine-bottle becomes a
candlestick, or we use the chair as a ladder.
This all makes clear, up to Uta Brandes we give things additional or different using
concepts out of various intentions. We have many different motivations why we use
things, and our gender plays a not un-important role. Relationships are everywhere,
in the world of things among each other as well as in the world of humans and on their intersections.
Published by: Helena Knorr in design inspiration