Units Research Review interdisciplinary trip around tech emotions

What if we took another look at technology? Rather than trying to understand how it works, Units Research Review sets out to discover what it feels like to be around it, from fascination to abandonment or devotion. 

Units is a Paris-based design studio, specialized around technological issues. From neurosurgical micro-robots to festive machines to connected objects, the studio's practice is anchored in the analysis and formalization of new technologies.

In September 2020, Units publishes the first issue of its research journal, Units Research Review (URR), to support its approach.  By giving the voice to anthropologists, designers, artists and historians, URR investigates the “Technical Happiness” theme in order to study the range of emotions that technology conveys. The aim of this first issue is to provide a plural perspective on technical emotions within our cultural sphere.  Between research notebook, game book and collection of plastic productions, U.R.R takes you, through 11 contributions, on the technical side.

As a conclusion of the review, Units proposes a manifesto for generating technical experiences through emotions. The magazine is available for sale at a price of 10€ and it comes with a free shipping.

Get your copy here : https://units.design/product/technical-happiness/

While reading U.R.R, you will find games such as labyrinths, crosswords, dot to connect or a personality test. ©Rimasùu

Catharine Rossi, design historian, tells us about the history of nightclubs, using technical devices to participate in our letting go since the late 1960s. © Rimasùu

Packaging of Units Research Review © Rimasùu

Côme Lart, designer, gives us his vision of technology through computer-generated images along with a text that reveals a possible technical aesthetic.⁠ © Côme Lart & Rimasùu

Exclusive interview with Nicolas Nova, anthropologist who looks back at the emergence of a form of “breakdown of technological fantasy”.⁠ © Rimasùu

Article from Emmanuel Grimaud, a french anthropologist observing an engineer in India who designed a scanner, able to detect the auras of objects around us. © Rimasùu

Article from Benedict Redgrove a photographer who takes us behind the scenes of the world’s space agencies such as Nasa. © Rimasùu

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