PASSIVE SMOKING MACHINE
Passive Smoking Machine
concerns Pareidolia - how as human beings we instinctively project personality into inanimate objects, exploring how we might feel if that personality were then projected back at us.
To the less observant, the object looks like any other smoking bin. Although it’s primary function is for the stubbing and storing of waste cigarette butts, ironically this ‘thing’ despises cigarettes; which after years of exposure has caused the machine to develop a kind of mechanical bronchitis. When a person stubs out their cigarette, Passive Smoking Machine responds by audibly coughing and spluttering smoke back at them.
The prototype was exhibited at Designersblock
in September 2014 for London Design Festival. This socio-techno experiment was documented in film
to record users reactions.