Suzuki created his ‘London Underground Circuit Maps’ in response to the theme of ‘thrift’. For him, this word takes on a number of different meanings. To Suzuki, ‘thrift’ isn’t just about saving money – it is about knowledge, understanding the way in which the things around us work, so that if something is broken, we know how to fix it!
He was inspired to carry out the project because he wanted to use a platform that many people know and understand in order to elaborate on the narrative of consumer electronics. Using Harry Beck’s iconic London Underground Map diagram and positioning certain speaker, resistor and battery components strategically around this map, Suzuki hopes his project will help people to understand the way in which electricity and power are generated within a radio. For him, the project is a like a storyboard explaining how circuit boards work.
Suzuki’s ‘London Underground Circuit Maps’ will be exhibited at the London Design Museum until January 13th 2013.