Hybrid Art

Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

PSX Consultancy

Pei-Ying Lin (TW), Špela Petrič (SI), Dimitrios Stamatis (GR), Jasmina Weiss (SI)

http://psx-consultancy.com/, peiyinglin.net, http://psx-consultancy.com/, http://www.spelapetric.org/, leavenlab.com

The PSX Consultancy project conceives augmentations for vegetal species to enhance the given client’s natural reproductive processes. In other words, we make sex toys for plants.

Misleadingly quirky, the PSX Consultancy is a project investigating the changing paradigm of the human/non-human relationship. Incorporating cultural frameworks through which we as humans understand ourselves and our environment—science, design and art—we improvise design tools that challenge our anthropocentric vantage point to think on the plants’ behalf. The concepts produced by the interdisciplinary team of designers, artists and scientists are science-based, design-driven, irony-infused and playfully delivered.

As the plant clients are silent about their necessities, we have relied on scientific knowledge of plant biology as well as design methodologies in the pursuit of thought-provoking, intelligible augmentations. What happens when artistic motivation appropriates human-centered design for use on plant clients?

The result of the interdisciplinary approach is critically discursive objects posing as sex toys, inherently paradoxical and absurd, yet manifesting our “all means possible” attempt to truly understand the non-human. Through the hybrid exploration of the parallelism between plant and human reproductive strategies, we uncover the realm of bio-logic whilst provoking the ethical discourse connected to post-anthropocentrism. The motivation, client biology/requirements and bio-logic of the particular “sex toys” is explained in the attached booklet.

The installation of 3D-printed proposals alongside the plant clients is only one of the outcomes of this process-based project. Equally important is the hands-on engagement of the public in the form of workshops and discussions across different cultural traditions, leading to an ever-expanding collection of plants and their sex toys while inviting the audience to explore the non-human experiences in their mind.


Pei-Ying Lin

Pei-Ying Lin (TW), born in 1986, is an artist, designer and programmer with an MA in design interactions, Royal College of Art, and a BSc in life science, minor in computer science and cultural studies from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Her main focus is on the combination of science and human society through artistic methods. She currently runs a Taiwanese BioArt community in Taiwan.

Špela Petrič

Špela Petrič (SI), born in 1980, BSc, MA started her professional career as a scientific researcher in the field of biochemistry. Her interest in the context of knowledge production and its cultural impact motivated her to obtain a degree in transmedia at LUCA, Brussels. She has been working with living systems as an artist-researcher since 2011. Her artistic practice combines natural sciences, new media and performance.

Dimitrios Stamatis

Dimitrios Stamatis (GR), born in 1983, is a designer with a formal background in product / graphic design. He has worked in Athens, London and Hangzhou designing products for a range of industries. Currently he works freelance (leavenlab.com), exploring how design can contribute as a catalyst for positive change.

Jasmina Weiss

Jasmina Weiss (SI), born in 1963, is an interior designer and designer with formal background in architecture / design. She has worked in different fields connected with design, architecture and art. She has long been interested in different fields of science, culture, psychology, biology, ecology and environment.

A collaborative project developed within the Designing Life topic at BIO50, the Biennial of Industrial Design 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Supported by: MAO, the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana; the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia; the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, RoC; National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan, RoC