DANIEL MARTINEZ DA CRUZ
Merge is an experimental platform and is currently manifested as a bench.
The system is designed to work with areas that we spend longer periods of time sitting or standing, whether that means waiting or relaxing. As you sit, you activate layers of music, and when more people sit with you the ensemble grows, offering endless combinations to satisfy our complex minds. Each time you sit the experience is unique which affords rich experiences that establish strong memories.
Merge rewards you for sitting next to others to encourage further interaction between people, but the reward is subtle so that it does not exclude people who wish to have a moment alone which we all deserve.
Merge for the future aims to expand and animate multiple areas of London. The idea is to create 'Merge Areas', having lots of different public furniture 'animated' in one area so people can intentionally and unintentionally collaborate on a larger scale.
Moments of surprise, shock, intrigue, collaboration and play. This is Merge.