Syntboutique is a project by Syntfarm produced during the AIR program of ISEA08. It is a result of a trip and visit to Mongolian grasslands, steppes, desert, mountains and lakes. The mission was to find a number of objects/artifacts/living organisms that are of great importance for people living independently of information technologies, electrical energy, and consumerism; and to present those in art context. It is a specialized showroom that collects recipes, methods, myths and platforms for sustainable lifestyles that we are not used to.
There are 13 objects in Syntboutique that are categorized in 5 groups
All these objects were photographed where we found them. With Syntfarm's custom written software, 3d objects were generated out of the photos. These digital replicas were used to fabricate synthobjects with rapid prototyping machine. In their synthetic forms, the objects released most of their 'meta' content. Their historical, cultural, economical or any other values were extracted and disconnected from them. The objects' content was showcased in commercials and tv-ad-style glorifications of the found artifacts. With various imperfections of the technologies used, syntobjects got new life and context.
To make our boutique more pleasant and beautiful for the audience, we showcased a video captured in the vast landscapes of Mongolia. Sound for the video was generated by the Syntfarm's custom written software, that synthesized field recordings from the Syntfarm's trips.
With Syntboutique, Syntfarm glorifies the eco-tourism and eco-consumerism in the art world.
syntfarm (Germany/Serbia/Singapore) is founded by Andreas Schlegel and Vladimir Todorovic in April 2007 in the very clean city of Singapore. The group focuses on the preservation of expressions and structures that are found in various dynamic (eco)systems.