Time is a powerful thing. My intrigue in the natural world has caused further intrigue in the topic of time. When it comes to sustainability we are always met with the argument 'we are running out of time'. I disagree. We are not running out ,we are limiting.
soap clock / nacho carbonell
'One clock (wash away) with a soap block, starts disappearing over the course of the time by cleaning the surface, showing new layers as new stages…like every morning you clean your face to start new day.'
Nacho Carbonell explores the idea that 'with the passing of the time things change, transform and disappear.' The concept behind the idea I found fascinating and the representation with his Soap Clock visualizes the message to the use in a sleek and unique manner. The original piece looks startlingly different to how I saw it in Eindhoven as time had passed and the soap had worn away and disappeared into the water. The original is beautiful and new whereas the piece at the end of it's time has lost that initial impact.
I have interpreted this piece in two ways.
The first is our relationship with products and how, overtime, our interest fades, they are no longer relevant. We change and therefore 'grow out of them'. This is a catalyst to the 'throw-away' lifestyle. Can anything be sustainable through longevity in our lives? Are their products we never truly part with and always have meaning and relevance to use? Possibly, but on the whole: no, not really. Therefore we must prepare for the inevitable 'throw-away' stage and invest in materials, processes and methods that decay with their relevance. The introduction of natural, bio and bio-degradable materials is crucial in this stage. The throw away generation can either choose to change perceptions or chance products.
The second is from a contextual stand-point. Many think the end of our world is inevitable and choose to ignore the impact we have upon it. Presenting an audience with a demonstration on how we manipulate our time with our choices could be a symbol for new hope, new perceptions and a new stance on design.
I toy between these two approaches everyday and I struggle often to decide in which direction to go. One thing I know is that whichever direction it is: I want to inspire change.
Carbonell, Nacho. "Fleeting Clocks « Work". Nachocarbonell.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 2 Nov. 2016.
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