Cassette tape players and slide projectors have long disappeared from the modern home. Many no longer collect bulky VHS tapes and expensive vinyl records and as a result, the interactions associated with these devices have disappeared from daily rituals: the act of insertion, removal, the physical play button, the separation between the media storage and the media player, the joy of anticipation when static TV screen noise turns into an anti-piracy warning screen, the confusion between side A and side B, the audible buzz and so on are no longer part of our everyday lives.
Insert & Play is a microwave that functions as a moving image projector to provide a viable media player. While the project is a celebration of technology and industrial progress, it is also a reminder of nostalgic actions; insert and play—a ritual between man and machine on the verge of extinction.
Hess Jeon (KR) *1991 BDes in Industrial Design, NCAD, Dublin, Ireland. MA in Interface Cultures, UKIG, Linz, Austria. An object-oriented artist and designer with the focus on digital technologies, common machines, and their reflections on current cultures and communities.