Flame Channel

We found a very nice Bang & Olufsen TV in the trash and decided to use that for this project. We had a very hard time figuring out what to do with the television since it is difficult to not to think about the original use. We brainstormed and came up with a lot of ideas, but couldn’t find anything we were all totally satified with. We ended up doing the “Tinker it” method as Massimo Banzi calls it; that is to start building without knowing where you are going – with an added bit of surrealism.

Our initial idea was to make a fire inside the TV. Since the a television is a very static object and the light generated by it is very cold, we wanted to turn it into a more cosy object. Also, since the TV is something you usally turn on and just leave on, we wanted to make something you have to help keep alive.

People can interact with the television in different ways. If the fire is dying, people can grab the antenna and try to fix it, eventually when you are “tuned in” the fire will start; it lights up and the flames grow. Or, if you have cold hands, you can put them close to the back of the television to get some of the heat from the fire (generated by a hidden hairdryer).