The Tele Coffee Grinder presents the logic of conjunction of whole natural objects. Together with their autonomous functions, they also participate in a parallel secondary production process, seemingly different from their original use (via Arduino software, a handset activates an objects circuit, which ends up grinding coffee). This logic alludes the way social and production procedures operate, where subjects, products and services participate without their ‘awareness’ or supervision in an infinite number of socioeconomic ‘circuits’, open to continuous enrichment and adaptation. The objects that the tele coffee grinder consists of have an ironic reference to human freedoms of movement, communication and production.

In the contemporary field of inexhaustible ‘generations’ of products, the concept of encyclopedia—as an objects catalogue—could now be substituted by an encyclopedia of ‘attributes’, which could define the potential ‘integrations-uses of objects within different contexts. These properties would refer to concepts such as ‘motor’, ‘coil’, ‘capacitor’ or ‘resistance’ and can serve as potential waiting interconnections. It is the overall amount of its potential accessions that now defines an object. The small structure is part of a theoretical ongoing research on tinkering and ad hoc translations of architectural exemplars.

Maura Lazari is an architect graduated from National Technical University of Athens in 2007. She also holds an MSc on Emergent Technologies & Design with a scholarship from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Currently, she continues her studies on Philosophy working on the notions and practices of tinkering and adhocism.

Maura has collaborated with several architectural offices in Athens and has participated in a range of local and international conferences, exhibitions and workshops. She is now interested in small constructions combining junk objects and electronics, as representations of hacking and tinkering notions, which she attempts to establish in social forms of production.