Wood, silicone, and electronics
1 3/16 x 4 11/16 x 2 3/8" (3 x 12 x 6 cm)
The Disgusted Object series explores the phenomenon of revulsion. Katrin Baumgarten’s prototypes are abstract but simulate human reactions: one replicates the pilomotor reflex, slowly developing goose bumps when handled; another squirms when held, as if trying to escape or move away. Baumgarten explores interactions with objects that are not fully under the user’s control— that have what she calls “anthropomorphised will” and reactions we only expect from sentient beings.