China-Vinyl Toy Figure / Illustrated Book


This figure is made from bone china and resin and was designed during a six months stay in Beijing. The contrast between the two materials reflect the status of this enormous country between a rapidly evolving industrial nation and a place full of history and traditions. It's also an approach to work out the paradox of designer toys and take it to the extreme. Though they are called toys, these figures are not made to play with them. By adding a high quality, fragile material like bone china, the figure becomes an object that looks like a toy, but in fact is something of a higher value.

The background story of Planet Dot & the M.I.S. deals with a society, torn between the convenience of indulging in the status quo and the urge to express oneself freely.



Height: 3''
Medium: bone china, resin
100% handshaped

Far away, on a really extraordinary planet live the Dots. The Dots insistently always
do the same thing, which mainly consists of hanging around together and watching the
homeshopping channel and that's it.
This is all they ever do and the Dots could not be happier or unhappier about it and
in fact, they don't really care.
In this context,  you have to know that the Dots form a collective that have given up
any kind of verbal communication or talking. The fact that their
planet, Planet Dot, is one of the most boring places in universe and is unbelievably
empty and slick and clean, because never ever anything happens there, eventually
has given them no reason to talk to each other.
Actually,  the Dots' only form of expressing their thoughts is by materializing characters
above their heads, which, after they have been 'thought' and maybe read by other Dots,
fall to the ground and remain there as litter, which pollutes their shiny little planet.
Fortunately, there is no reason for them to think at all, so the Planet Dot will always
be nice and clean, and there is no reason to worry about anything for the Dots.
Anyhow, the danger of a chain reaction of 'mass thinking polution' is an omnipresent threat
that should not be underestimated, but still cannot bother the Dots, since they just
don't think about it.
All of this might sound like a mighty boring and dissatisfying way of life but this was
the way things went for the Dots, until one day...
one of them... burped.
Or rather materialized the word 'BURRRP.'...  
...and one by one the Dots started laughing. It began with a tiny little giggle
and rose up to an enormous roar of pure pleasure und happiness. In fact, you couldn't
hear a word, but a massive cloud of 'HEHEHE!'s and 'HAHAHA!'s and 'HUHUHU!'s materialized
above the Dots' heads and swelled to a dark, menacing clutter of black characters and
exclamation marks.
When the Dots finally realized their big mistake, it was already too late and they could
only stand helplessly, frozen with horror and fear watching the cloud. And, forced by their
own weight, the characters started to crackle down. And soon the Dots' planet was awfully
polluted and the ground covered with characters, and the Dots stood waist-deep in that
mess and it was horrible to them.
A sad and dark time came over the Planet Dot and the Dots suffered under the weight of
the characters that lay around everywhere, and they tried to think about how to get rid
of them, but that only produced more characters and made everything even worse and really
formed mountains and mountains of characters.
Finally, after nerve-wracking, character-producing discussions the Dots desperately decided
to put together all their money, which made 4,23$ altogether and bought an M.I.S. (Mind
Incineration Suit) from the homeshopping channel, which is the only channel the Dots ever
watch, because it is unnecessary to think about anything while watching the homeshopping
channel, and that's what the Dots normally do.
After days of waiting and suffering and hanging around in filthy character mountains,
watching the homeshopping channel, eventually a huge wooden box was delivered with 'HANDLE
WITH CARE' and 'M.I.S. INSIDE' signs on it and the Dots stood in front of it marvelling,
for it was the first time they had ever ordered anything from the homeshopping channel
or even received a box.   
They opened the box and shovelled away some filling material and there it was: big, white,
shiny, with an enormous head with laser shooting power glasses on it. It even had arms...
The Dots loved it.
The M.I.S. was exactly like the homeshopping channel had promised -it was worth every single
cent the Dots had spent on it, and it came with a guarantee of two years. The number 1 Dot
climbed into it, put on the helmet and with slow, smooth movements started to climb a small
hill of characters that had just emerged from the amazed 'OOHHH!' the Dots had thought when
the box opened. The light was reflected off the shiny armour-like suit, and the Dots looked at
it with shivering respect and admiration, and the dark clouds opened wide, and the Dots were
dazed by the beauty and the spotless cleanliness of the mighty M.I.S..
And then the M.I.S. started working, and blazing laser beams shot from the power glasses and
burned the character mountains and smoke arose from them and the lazer beams cut through the
characters like a merciless flashing blade of desinfecting hope.
Soon the planet was clean again and the Dots stood in front of the M.I.S. and looked at it,
totally overwhelmed by the power and perfection they just witnessed, and after a short period of
silent admiration they burst into a huge jubilation and produced big amounts of 'YEEHAAA!'s
above their heads, but before the characters could fall down again, once more the M.I.S.'s
laser shooting glasses flashed and melted every single character and none of them fell to
the ground and the Planet Dot stayed clean and nice.
From this day on, the Dots were free to think about whatever they wanted and didn't have to
worry about character pollution any longer because the M.I.S. would clean up the useless
characters after them. And they worshipped the M.I.S. and thought about a lot of stuff and
also worshipped the homeshopping channel (and finally turned on the sound). That has brought
freedom of thinking back to them in the end, and they live on happily ever after, far away
on their really extraordinary and clean Planet Dot.