First up, we have the Societat Il·limitada – unlimited society – which highlights the efforts of people, brands, and centers of technology to create a better future. This space is all about encouraging new ideas, dusting off ancient methods worth resurrecting, and exploring current endeavors. Think of it as a window to the future; a daring forecast of the world of tomorrow.
Space number two is the so-called Reflexonarium – it allows us to see the world around us from a brand new perspective. Alternative approaches to reality promote a change of view and novel interpretations of our surroundings. These are the sort of creations we are truly grateful for, daring inventions that explore new horizons. Remember Homer Simpson’s anti-fall chair? It takes pride of place in the room’s center.
Espai Absurd, or the absurd space, occupies the third and last section of the museum of ideas and inventions. Why absurd? Well, in here, the ground rules of design, i. e. serving a functional purpose or tackling existing issues, are not exactly a priority. Expect smiles, surprise, and giggles galore from items like a phone that covers the user’s face or ‘the world’s more useless machine.’ The moment you switch it on, an automatic lever emerges from a drawer to switch it off again. Pointless and ridiculous, yet nevertheless brilliant and highly addictive.
The brainchild of Pep Torres, miba is a private project that aims to awaken latent creativity and spark interaction. Through motivation, entrepreneurship, and creative inspiration, miba seeks to stop common sense being quite so common. For a poignant example, look no further than the museum’s restroom, where unsuspecting occupants find themselves confronted with a video featuring the three members of El Tricicle, a well-known Catalan comedy and theater troupe, giggling and winking at the visitor. Caught unawares, this surreal invasion of privacy and intervention might leave us a little uncomfortable, but also piques our sense of the unusual in one of life’s most mundane settings.
Text: Bea Salas (lamono magazine)
Pictures: Maud Sophie Andrieux (lamono magazine)
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