Life Lamp was created to represent a life cycle. It is a sensible object composed of several layers and a unique shade that produces a complex image expressing thepaths and surprises of our existence.
Three audio files were used in the programming of its generative design: The audio of a baby´s rapid heartbeat while still in the womb, the heartbeat of a 35-year-old and finally heartbeat of an elder of 80 years old. These data were used as parameters in software that drew them as lines of varied width and branching and that resulted in the lamp.
Together, these are three overlapping volumes 3D printed. The smallest, most interior one was generated from the sound of a fetal heart, the intermediate was drawn from an adult and the outermost from an elderly person. Physically interconnected as a rhizome, these were used to generate a design that, in addition to illuminating an environment, also invites us to reflect on how to make this most of this short, pulsing life we have.
Life Lamp is an offshoot of the Guto Requena Studio´s research that seeks to unite affections and technologies in projects investigating the impact of digital culture through design.
Estudio Guto Requena reflects on memory, culture and poetic narratives in different design scales: objects, spaces and cities. At the core of the studio’s projects is an obsession to experiment with digital technologies in an emotional way. Interactive Public Furniture and Urban Art are the studio’s most recent focus.
Guto Requena was born in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo State in 1979. He is an architect with a Master in Architecture & Urban Planning from USP - University of São Paulo. For nine years, he was a researcher at NOMADS.USP – Center for Interactive Living Studies of the University of São Paulo. In 2007 he presented his master’s dissertation, “Hybrid Habitation: Interactivity and Experience in the Cyberculture Era”. In 2008, Guto founded Estudio Guto Requena. Since then, he has won several awards, and lectured and exhibited in more than 20 countries worldwide. Between 2012 and 2015, Guto wrote a column about design, architecture and urbanism at Folha de São Paulo, one of the major Brazilian newspapers, and collaborated as well with several magazines. Since 2011, Guto has been creating, screenwriting and hosting TV, web and cinema series.