Anselmo Tumpić (HR) Tateye

device prototype, 2010

Tateye is a prototype of gadget, that is, a specimen of a category, or a point of departure from which to categorise other specimens. In fact, a prototype is used as a proving ground to test out its functionality, strength, possible defects and feasibility of production. The prototype suggests the possible future existence of some object, as well as its function, but the prototype of this art project will actually never cross this border – it will remain forever in that dimension as best example and point of departure in its category. It is a pure idea that will never get into mass production, for although in essence it does have a function, like any object we use in everyday life, in fact, its function does not pass the test of safety and legality.

Tateye makes sense in relation to the public, while the public is thinking up uses for it. The object then enters into the world that the observer imagines, and obtains a function only in this uncensored space. The actual object is devised with a real function, it has a considered design and logotype and is accordingly production- and market-ready. But it is unclear if the market is ready for it.

Tateye is an object that is expressed via design, and implements its function unscrupulously.
If on the one hand the design of the object beguiles observers with its appearance, on the other hand, its function scares them. Although the observer knows that in today’s society there are rules that are supposed to protect him/her against objects like Tateye, it is through them that Anselmo Tumpić tries to get the public thinking about whether it is not a pity that the object is not usable, and whether these rules really provide public protection.

Anselmo Tumpić (HR)

Anselmo Tumpić was born on April 7, 1976, in Pula. After a course in graphic design in Pula, he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo. After a year, he went on with his studies in Venice, getting a BFA in painting, and then worked for Fabrica, communications centre for Benetton. Afterwards, he returned to Croatia, where he worked for the advertising agency Digitel. Today he is employed in Saatchi & Saatchi in Milan. In the meantime he has exhibited works in various group and collective exhibitions in Milan, Rijeka, Genoa, Rovinj, Bari and Naples and his works have been featured in various publications.