Today’s society is flooded with stimuli. We are permanently online and reachable. We are afraid of making decisions because whatever we choose to do bears the possibility that we might miss out on something else. We feel our time shrinking down and slipping through our fingers. We are permanently under pressure. We strive for nothing more but leisure, but make it harder to reach everyday.
What we miss out on is tranquility, concentration and focused work, but most of all we unlearn to live in the present: To experience the present moment, to worship our live which is taking place right now.
Broad topic: idleness in today’s society
Question: How can I be present in the moment?
Specific task: I want to build an object that makes the user focus on the present moment.
01.06. – 15.06. doing, trying, experimenting, shapefinding, molding
15.06. – 28.06. making
28.06. – 09.07. preparing for display, build table etc.
You can do nothing with this object exept of holding it. Its shape is meant for a pleasing touch and encourages the holder to do nothing else but experience the act of holding and touching the object. The aim is to reconnect the holder to himself and to the moment.
The person is connected to the environment. The environment reacts visually and acoustically on all of the person’s movements and the person’s state of mind. As the mind slows down, the environment slows down. This again emphasizes the present moment.
The object changes its shape the longer you hold it and concentrate on it. The longer you have it in your hands the more pleasant the shape becomes. By focussing only on this one object the mind slows down and the user explores some kind of idleness.
combination of the ideas:
I imagine the combination of those three ideas as an object with corners and irregularyties. The object itself changes slowly over time, losing its edges and corners to become an evenly shaped, pleasing cube (or sphere).
After some really helpful comments I realize that before I concentrate on the technical implementation I have to focus on the shape of my object. Before I was always thinking about some kind of digital or mechanical object.
I am thinking now about an object that changes its shape analogous. The user has to shape the object by hand, by touching it, by eroding the edges and corners of the object. Thereby he shapes it in an unique way howsoever he wants.
The material is very important. This is my main focus now.
I made molds of soil, vermiculite, perlite and couscous.
To investigate into the shape I bought clay and shaping gaze, I made some quick sketched shapes out of foam.