XIAOMI AND DANIEL ARSHAM ANNOUNCE THEIR COLLABORATION
Bridging the worlds of sculpture together into today’s ultimate commodity, the smartphone, Xiaomi collaborates with Daniel Arsham to transform its latest international model, Xiaomi 12T Pro Daniel Arsham Edition, into an iconic design collision of the past, present and future within a contemporary artifact.
“I’m always interested in bringing my work into arenas outside the typical artworld scenario. I approached the Xiaomi 12T Pro as a sculpture with a purpose outside of it as a functional object; in 20 years people who have this phone will no longer use it as a phone but as a sculptural object, linked to a particular moment in time and carrying it beyond its functionality.”
“Daniel’s work often plays with the concept of time, both future and history. As a company with innovation at its core, time is our most valued asset, and it is what we are willing to exchange for quality and technology. This collaboration is not only a smartphone, but advanced technology used to actualize the artist’s design. We believe it will be an exciting product for people today, and remain an interesting and collectible piece for decades to come.”
Born of Daniel Arsham’s “Future Archeological” aesthetic, for the first time, the Artist experiments with creating the textures of his sculptural propositions of obsolescence and natural erosions on a smartphone.
Creating and exploring new perspectives from one’s relationship with their most personal and engaging contemporary device of daily use, a timeless object of fictional archaeology outside of a museum or gallery is conceived, from the sculptural box over to the tactical and physical feel of the Xiaomi piece itself.
Built towards an imagined future of digital dematerialisation, this collaboration is driven by Xiaomi’s core values of innovation, design and production, and shaped by Daniel Arsham’s zeitgeist in a vision of fictional archaeology.
Xiaomi 12T Pro Daniel Arsham Edition will be available in a limited 2000 device quantity in Europe. The collaboration will release December 16th, 2022 and be available on highsnobiety.com as exclusive online retail partner, mi.com and in the dedicated Xiaomi x Daniel Arsham Berlin pop-up store from December 16th until December 17th.