URNA (THE SHAPE WITH MEANING) BY PROKOP BARTONÍČEK

9 04 2009

It is unbelievable that human remains can end up in such kitschy buckets. Colors and shapes with no meaning. URNA is based on a new process aimed at shaping urns that reflect the spiritual characteristics of given individuals, using Eysenck’s cross, age, goodness and spirituality model. The process starts with an easy to use application, where the dying person, or his or her surviving relatives enter all important personal information. On the basis of logical rules, the entered values generate a 3D model of the urn, which is exported into a .dxf model. This file is sent to us by the prospective client, together with an order of all what is needed for the creation of the urn. The shipment delivered to the client contains all necessary documentation and instructions, and especially the laser created forms and polyurethane for cast molding. The next steps consist in simply putting together the form by folding the provided flat folding scheme and making the cast molding of the polyurethane. The remains are then placed directly into the material, which is available in different colors. The creation of such an urn is a ceremony in itself. Its shape is closely connected to the personality of the deceased and reveals a lot about the given person. Each urn is thus unique and its shape has meaning.

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Prokop Bartoníček / atari is pebe, born in Prague 1983. In 2003, before graduating from the high school, he was accepted to enter VŠUP (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design), sculpture studio Prof. Beránek. In 2007 he was a visiting student at Experimental design studio of Prof. Joachim Sauter at UdK in Berlin. Presently, he lives and works in Berlin and Prague where he completes studies at VŠUP Supermedia studio led by Federico Diaz. He mainly develops interactive installations (NetworkStreetart “07, Vibrator “08, You can’t hide it all! “09) and experimental design projects (Metadesign Urna “08). He has produced booth independent and commercial projects under PEBE label. http://www.pebe.cz , http://www.22presents.com

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