Objects for Contemplation | Water rituals and exercises on being imperfect

Stockholm, Sweden

Konstfack University-Master Program in Spatial Design

 

A Zen garden made out of water sculptures instead of plants.

Process: For this project I have used a reversed design process-instead of starting with a sketch and developing models and final prototypes, I started with building. None of the objects and shapes was designed or planed.

My approach was entirely based on intuition, almost as a child whould just collect objects and put them together.

Shapes and Materials: My “trash” collection is site and time specific-all materials were gathered in the course of one week from the workshops at Konstfack. I was not focused on upcycling materials however, rather I was fascinated by the leftover shapes, the negative shape that remains after you cut a circle or another shape out of the material.

*I have added an extra pinch of glitter in the water

Degrowth, the topic of our task: My understanding of degrowth can be seen in various layers in this project. The first layer being the way it is built and created. The second layer has to do with water, with creating a water cycle and a loop.

An installation that resembles almost the way a water tower distributes water in a city network. An installation that distributes and collects water. Nothing goes to waste.

And a third layer of degrowth which is my personal understanding of this term-as a way of slow-living and enjoying little things in life in the ever moving and hectic world around us. As being mindful and present.

Results:

The result of my work is a total of 20 water sculptures as well as a short movie called “The Path of Water” that por- traits a water-fountain installation. In my exhibition I have managed to incorporate these two aspects with a perfor- mance of 2 of my colleagues watering the sculptures at the Zen garden and of screening the short movie to my tutors, fellow students and guest critiques.

During the exhibitions I noticed a high-level of engagement of the visitors, children especially, who enjoyed watering the sculptures and appreciated the playfulness and the interactive character of my work.

Other positive feedback was from the Konstfack students that stopped by my installation every time they were passing by to enjoy the sound of water.

Video of the Water Ritual: https://vimeo.com/342059309

Video of “The Path of Water”- installation: https://vimeo.com/342010952