The Directional Coffin


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Originally designed for the Rest Era sound installation, this object came to be a piece in itself.

Two versions exist : one fully functional, connects in USB to any computer, and behaves like a crippled 4 keys keyboard. The other one is the box only, and thus more of a sculpture.

I thought Rest Era as a thanatic voyage, the one made by those who close their eyes. A controller was needed to interact with the software, and so we designed this smallish coffin-shaped gamepad controller. It seemed fit to cross the breach between that familiar directional cross on which we’ve been using our thumb for decades and a religious symbol which, although specific to one cult, came to be a common symbol for death in our culture.

The wood case was cut with a digital milling machine, the electronic parts assembled partly from a Super NES controller.