Space And The Pleasure Of Not Knowing Year: 2016 Materials: Coloured markers on paper and leather, embroidered fabric, various media
While the collection of scientific fact is a way to depict our times in an objective manner, throughout history, ornaments have held an equally important, yet less rational role of adorning these practical elements with the cultural spirit of that time.
As I am an active collector of random objects, I found that the value and thrill of collecting lies in looking for a visual way to communicate my personality; the choice of objects can usually not be described in words and the objects have mostly been chosen without knowing the meaning or practical use upfront. In a way, these objects start to become ornaments of my personal life.
Being fascinated by space as a mystery on the other end of the scale, I tried to imagine what this activity of collecting would mean during a nomadic life in the void. Nowadays, environments designed for humans to inhabit space are visually sterile and cold, lacking any kind of enchanting quality. This is contrary to the galaxy as an area where science and magic inevitably blend together, a playground for philosophers to question life on earth or a medium for artists to tell heroic stories. However, as the duration and frequency of space travel is increasing, humanizing the space travellers’ environments will become inevitable, asking for more subjective and artistic consideration.
“Space and The Pleasure of Not Knowing” is an illustrative research inspired by the habit of collecting things that merely function to stimulate the curiosity and to trigger imagination. Hinting to elements of different cultures and vegetation we find on earth, the drawings and objects are made with intuition and gut feeling, and should remind us of the richness and diversity our home planet is adorned with, addressing the necessity of visual and tactile poetry in our lives we might miss if we rationalize our future lives too much. After all, what is life without the ecstasy of figuring out life itself?
Graduation Project - Department Man and Communication, Design Academy Eindhoven