21st Faith

21stfaith

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. 

Symbols of Faith being spread around communities act as a reminder of trust within

the members of such communities, taking the role of a pillar of culture.

Faith springs compassion; Faith helps relate to one another. Through having Faith, one

often finds a path towards compassion supported by trust. Compassion can blossom

from an empathetic outlook, where one begins to see the perspective of another.

Trust then creates the necessary ground finding common interests in their Faiths.

Simeron’s project is guided by a desire to find self-acceptance by discovering

another’s path, highlighting how Faith can spring compassion by understanding

and following the path of another. See 2 , p. 38-39.

What is the role of Faith in compassion? Can Faith help bridge the gap of the ones

feeling left behind?

The compassion brought by Faith has the power to ease the pain brought upon by

connecting the pain felt with another’s, growing organically.

Faith is powerful as it becomes a purpose, develops trust and compassion. Faith is

often at the core of human relationships and interactions, so Faith in the 21st century

can become a tool for diplomacy.

Challenging Faith

Although Faith can become the diplomacy tool helping humanity to connect to each

other and give answer to the existential questions of humanity, Faith, as every tool

has, is not naturally good or bad. It is the human using Faith that creates a good or

bad framework (although good and bad should also be questioned on how these are

defined). This require the human to always be slightly critical of the Faith he or she

follows.

Faith is always evolving; Faith should not be perceived as fixed. Time has seen many

diverse authorities of Faith taking over each other, such as the animistic religions,

the polytheistic ones and the monotheists. They have evolved with time and often each

evolution takes a little from its past. The similarities between animistic and polytheistic,

polytheistic and monotheist are easy to find. The evolution of Faith seems natural

and so do its morals.

Because Faith naturally evolves, it is necessary to always question the current ones

if one wants to understand the Faith of tomorrow. Louis’ project question what he calls

the Gods of Capitalism, to develop a new Faith more accurate to the needs of today.

See 13 , p. 62-65.

Should the past be listened to blindly? Can the current Faith be believed in

without doubt?

Faith affects our decision-making and therefore it is needed to question what

we are told to do – is it correct to tell us to buy to be happy? Where is this Faith

coming from? Who does it serve?

Faith changes its morals; Faith mirrors the current socio-political dilemmas.

When questioning the morals of the current times, understanding past morals gives

perspective to the dilemmas met throughout time by humanity. The question of death

is what we can call an existential question asked by each generations known to written

history. Although it seems in the 21st century those past morals are often disregarded,

what does this mean for our current social dilemmas?

Edward’s project echoes the past myths to the reality of today, with the example

of Ovid’s Echo and Narcissus. To investigate the social phenomenon of selfies, Edward

questions the viewer on the validity of ancient wisdom and questions the modern take

on narcissism. See 17 , p.72-73.

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