21st Faith


We are a collaborative research project, investigating and questioning faith as a human feeling. 

This publication presents 32 creative projects created for an exhibition in October 2017 at The Workshop, Lambeth. 

Faith is a bridge; Faith plays on the individual and collective to merge. Faith may be

collective but is also relative to the individual’s perspective. Therefore Faith can be first

questioned from an interpersonal understanding.

Anna’s performance investigates this bridge. Through the example of clothes,

Anna plays with the individual shape left on similar looking clothes, the individual

is seen through the collective. Anna creates a mesmerising performance of such

phenomenon. See 20 , p. 78-79.

How does one subjectively interpret the collective Faith? What are the common

grounds for the individual to fit in the collective?

Understanding the individual’s role in the collective when it comes to Faith, is key

to shaping a new Faith for the 21st century.

Faith within social dynamics helps the individual to cope with the existential questions

of humanity, through rituals and shared acts that outwardly manifest collective

knowledge. Furthermore this helps in the creation of social identities (community,

subcultures, nations) and social bonds. Faith develops common goals and ideals,

allowing the individual to establish him or herself within the collective.

Faith’s Gifts

Historically, theological Faith has had a significant and powerful impact on creating

communities all over the world. Faith, over time, has always had a ‘uniting factor’

to its definition, though it has not always been an inclusive one.

In the 21st Century, it seems as though the definition of Faith has shifted more

towards a personal journey, one bereft of the theological ‘uniting’ of peoples.

The projects presented at 21st Faith reflect this idea. This brings questions on the role

of Faith within communities and the social sphere.

Although Faith has also led to many wars and discriminations in history, this section

focuses on the positive aspects brought by Faith while the next will research

the challenges brought by Faith. This section investigates how Faith can drive a vision

to be achieved, the influence of Faith on trust and Faith as a catalyst for compassion.

Faith focuses on a vision; Faith becomes a purpose in life. Once a belief becomes

so important that the individual holds it as an absolute truth, then this precise faith

becomes a goal, a purpose and will lead the individual towards the direction of his

or her dream.

Madeleine and Koa’s piece is driven by a desire to create an emotional bond

with furniture. To do so, they explored their own emotional bonds and translated it

into a piece of furniture to physically communicate their own Faith, developing

a modular piece to adapt to the individual’s faith. See 26 , p.92-93.

What can Faith do to help develop one’s vision? How is Faith expressed in

the material world? What can the material world bring to Faith?

Artifacts developed with Faith can help materialise a goal, springing from

the personal to end with the collective. When it comes to creatives, Faith becomes

an ideal to pursue.

Faith establishes trust; Faith creates the ground to relate to one another. When Faith is

openly shared and agreed upon, it activates a relationship of trust between individuals.

This relationship of trust develops to identifying with communities and the social

contracts based on shared goals and beliefs are discreetly settled.

Nicole’s project takes on a journalistic take and investigates the building of Faiths

in the Bahamas, where she was born. Nicole investigates the relationship of an official

religion and how this implements in the daily life. See 5 , p. 44-45.

Where is Faith exteriorised? How does Faith bind communities?