ME n.39, May 2001
Our attention is shifting from the deep structure of the materials towards their surface qualities, a phenomenon that technological progress tends to favor in the last few years, through a substantial reduction in weight, thickness and quantity of material used in the production processes. We consciously live in a two-dimensional world. The task of transmitting the sensations of the dense and compact physicality of matter is transferred onto the skin of the artifacts. Not only that, now the surface of the materials performs increasingly complex performances, in addition to governing the emotional sphere, especially through the image, since visual perception dominates our sensory abilities.