Heavy Load is a speculative design project commissioned by the Dirty Furniture magazine as part of the exhibition Toilet Break together with the Shit Museum from Italy.
In response to the Shit Museums collections of utilitarian everyday products made from cow dung, I proposed to design a problematic product to explore and challenge values driven by social as well as technological changes.
Heavy Load is a fictional scenario depicting a factory in which workers wear automatic toileting devices in order to increase their efficiency and compete with automation, but also to liberate them from one of our most limiting human needs – having to go to the toilet.
The scenario extrapolates existing support devices for factory workers like Honda’s robo-legs. If workers now commonly use prosthetics to support their muscles and facilitate their labour, why should bowel motions be excluded from augmentation?