THE ESSENTIALS Having too much mostly means that the things in our lives are dispensable, and generally hold little to no emotional value. How does something become personal in value, and how do we categorize these objects in our mind and in our physical space? In this exploration I want to measure how we value objects in our homes and lives, looking at the relationship between cost and value. Afterwards, defining what could be considered “essentials” and building a product line to promote less waste, and more value.
THE RITUAL Our lives are based on rituals, whether or not we are conscious of these acts. From grooming and personal hygiene, to driving in our cars or bikes and going the same route everyday, to the foods that we eat. Life is one big ritual and we’ve become numb to the fact, and in turn become less present. The immediacy of life often circumnavigates the necessity to observe, appreciate, and empathize. Rituals bring us to the past, present, and future. How do we become more mindful and what would help us to appreciate these rituals? Create a body of work that addresses mindful living.
HOW TO STOP TIME/TIME TRAVEL We live in a world that is increasingly moving faster and our bodies are adapting to this constant forward momentum. Time is a linear construct that is infinite, yet defined for each of us. So how do we slow down time? How do we live somewhere between counting the seconds on our watches and not having enough hours in the day to finish our jobs? Time travel or stopping time could exist within a state of mind. This exploration will look into light therapy to explore the idea of timelessness, referencing artist like James Turrell, and designers who use experiential lighting.
THE PRESENCE OF FUTURE Growing up watching science fiction films was a big part of my childhood. Films like Star Wars, Terminator, Bladerunner, and Back to the Future informed my perception of a future world. How has media and movies structured the way we innovate technology and products? Are our perceptions of the future generally dealing with a solving a problem inherent in the modern man? If so how do we change the course of our dystopian future?
THATS SO META-PHYSICAL Marrying the notion and phenomena of self-referencing in our current digital age to the philosophical ideals of truth and existence. How has the digital age transformed our notion of selfies versus ourselves? Writer and theorist Roland Barthes wrote in “Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography,” his view of photograph as a potential critique of modern media, or as a reflection of our own mortality. I want to investigate modern cultural obsessions, hyper-self awareness and what it all really means.