Commissioned work 2014
NASCO/STO is a walking stick for the emergent designer’s generation that, apart from serving its most traditional tasks of support and aid for the exploration of hostile environments, functions as a vehicle for smuggling experimental practices and unknown sets of knowledge, together with the diffusion of a positive and essential virus, ready to infect the stillness of the present times: trans-disciplinarity. Composed of different units, NASCO/STO hides in its core materials and tools, useful to facilitate a paradigm shift beyond mere formal definition, but rather focusing on the materials, the production processes and the impact that characterises them.
The kit consists of:
1. A tool that facilitates the act of being listened to: Amplifier Horn
2. Descriptive Manual
3. Tool for Analyses: Loupe Magnifier
4. Organic Cultures/Micro-Organisms: fungal mycelium (decomposer) on substrates both solid and liquid
5. Tools for inoculation: transfer of the organic cultures on new substrates
WARNING: The use of the content may cause desirable effects such as confidence in younger generations, collaboration and contamination between seemingly distant fields of application, growth of critical thinking.
” …and there in the distance a young man comes with a walking stick, symbol of elderliness, wisdom and accomplished respect and support for trust and future growth…”
NASCO/STO is a project commissioned by MAXXI (Rome) for the exhibition “Design Destinations”