Door Events Inc. (2009) — a temporary design studio providing various door-related design* services: custom door tuning, door accessory design, door concerts, door sonification, doorkeeping courses, door etiquette lectures, etc.
* The notion of design is used in its widest possible sense here. In this workshop, design is intertwined with theatre, music, folklore, education, ethics, medicine and politics.
Door Events Inc. offered its clients to order unique door related happenings (such as a series of random knocks on the client’s home door), learn alternative ways to open the door and get an insight into the etiquette of door opening, buy a specific door sound or even offer their own door-related service.
Door Events Inc. received six orders, most of which were requests for door events. Several series of door knocks were ordered; one of them acquired the form of a door concert: a professional drummer was hired to tap a special composition. One order requested a course in alternative door opening techniques taught by an emergency lock opening expert. The course’s listeners were trained to open the door without any additional tools, for instance, with a foot kick, or using objects of everyday use like paperclips, rulers, and so on. One order requested the managers of Door Events Inc., Egidijus and Remigijus Praspaliauskas, to tailor a tailcoat and a business suit from sandpaper for door tuning.
The studio activity culminated in the production of a mass production-ready doorbell designed to transform a slightest tap on the door into a domestic earthquake. This product consists of two boxes: one, attached to the door, tracks the intensity of knocking; the other one is attached to any object (such as the floor, a furniture item or a flowerpot, etc.), to which the amplified knocking is “teleported”. The stronger the guest knocks on the door, the more intensely the chosen object trembles.
This project was created in 2009 in Vilnius, Lithuania, as a part of the larger project, Talking Doors, which was supported by the national program “Vilnius European Cultural Capital 2009.” The project won a number of awards, one of which was Distinction in the Interactive Art category of Prix Ars Electronica 2010.
Concept and design: Julijonas Urbonas, Egidijus and Remigijus Praspaliauskas
Photography: Aistė Valiūtė and Daumantas Plechavičius