Teresa van Dongen
part of the exhibition Clock. Light. Mirror.
Teresa van Dongen’s Spark of Life is an artificial light powered by living bacteria. The project uses electrochemically active bacteria that emit small currents as a means to generate electricity for domestic use. Considering the revolutionary change that came with electrification, van Dongen both makes and muses about the new relationships that will be formed when lights are no longer fed but the grid, but by its user.
Clock. Light. Mirror.
The premise of the show is seemingly simple: A clock, a light, and a mirror. As a product grouping, these three serviceable objects could not be more commonplace. Yet the clock, light and mirror are persistent subjects of experimentation and remediation by contemporary makers. The design practices of Commonplace Studio, Teresa van Dongen and Studio Sabine Marcelis bring three new examples to a long list, but also aim to argue why the clock, light, and mirror are in a class of their own. While their ubiquity in daily life has normalised their inherent powers, there is no doubt that time, illumination, and reflection remain powerful concepts to contemplate.