Everyone has their own zeitgeist; mine is – just like Pacman – firmly rooted in the Atari 2600 console world of the 80s. Seems i’ve lost the fight against the invaders from the TV set, who have infiltrated my brain cells. Instead, i’ve created my own world, a world in which i’m the boss. I’m a child of the 80s and 90s. My ideas emerge from the past and the present; they are influenced by nostalgic memories about my childhood as well as film and music. Music is an especially powerful force, lending me emotional support and drive. Nothing else reaches my thoughts so directly. The Worker is the first in a series of “functional sculptures” of the collection VDI 2860. VDI is the official abbreviation of the German Engineers’ Association and 2860 refers to the guideline, which describes the prerequisites a machine needs to fulfil to be classed as a robot. My inspiration for this collection came as i was shopping around for a turntable. My attention turned to the RPM1.3 from Pro-Ject which, unlike many modern electronic items, does not favour form over function: When you look at it, you can immediately see how it works; the technology is not hidden from the user. And this concept is used by me in my work; technology plays a vital role and influences the design process itself. I want to change a space’s atmosphere and give it a surrealistic feel. With The Worker i not only discovered my fascination for technical details, but also for vinyl toys. For years I wanted to do something in this style, and this project has given me the opportunity to do this. Vinyl toys, also known as art toys or design toys, are colourful plastic figures originating from the graffiti scene. The focus is always to use shape and colour to reflect the figure’s character. However, The Worker is not a small figure, meant to be used as a paperweight on the desk, but is over four metres high.