Deep in the mountains looming above my joystick factory, there are certain mysterious cubes planted along the paths.


A certain curious design, they seem to be connected with all the necessities of domesticity.

Electronic wiring and water pipes flow from them. They could be micro-homes for mice, speakers to enhance the sonic landscape or a series of Dunne & Raby spoofs in connection with Beijing International Design Triennial.

Are they breeding facilities for endangered mountain lizards? Or water pumps to supply ‘mountain spring’ form a tap water from the ground. If anything should have any more information about the cubes, please pass any suggestions.

 They could even be soil resonators to communicate with nitrogenic bacteria… Perhaps someone laid the cubes randomly in the path of an overly Pollyanna-esk Chinese girl to set up DI online workshops over WordPress comments??

Written by Lisa Ma

Lisa Ma socializes activism. Combining ethnographic research and speculative design, Lisa creates platforms of engagement from surprising insights and processes that deeply resonate with the global technological community. The emergence of clicktivism – to protest at the click of a mouse – is trivializing activism. Lisa argues that although activism doesn’t necessarily benefit from technology, we need to evolve how activism contributes to technological societies. To illustrate this, she designs dilemmas and creates social events that are perceived as activism but function as services.

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