Lisa Hofer is an Austrian designer and story teller. In her projects she proposes design which is used as a tool to create not only things but also questions. She tries to imagine possible futures, these should be intends to open discussion about society. Her work should clarify, provide thoughts and animate. Most of the time she investigates and speculates in the field of cultural, emotional, psychological topics – often combined with the impact of existing and emerging technologies. Lisa tries to give many little bizarre examples to point out current or future situations and to create a suggestive and questioning basis for debates. Since Lisa works on many different topics, the approaches also vary in their realization. In order to approach a theme, Lisa often tries to create a whole world or a system around a story, be it through illustrations, videos, photographic art or exhibition design. Lisa studied industrial design and design investigations at the University of applied art in Vienna. She has exhibited, studied abroad and worked in cities such as New York, Milan, Vienna, Eindhoven and London.
Project: Other Self
The project the other self, the agency for outsourced life, deals with the future of work, with automation and with a constantly changing lifestyle. What will we human work and need it the future?
The service industry is undergoing enormous change and the demand for more support and replacement in everyday life situations is increasing.
More and more people cannot or do not want to spend the time to complete certain tasks and can afford to outsource. It is a sign of time prosperity to outsource and pass it on to a working person or machine.Resulting from all this needs new employment niches in the service sector will develop to attain more benefits. For an easier, better and faster life.
The other self agency is an online platform where fictitious services are offered. Human service staff “agents” adapt their services to the emotional needs of people.
The customer can give up uncomfortable tasks or receive on-site support, by buying himself time, pleasure or advantages. The sometimes bizarre and deterring scenarios on the website show everyday moments in a not so distant fiction, in which one or the other visitor can find oneself. This project aims to address the question of how human behavior could change through intensive use of outsourcing services.