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 21stFaith 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?
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. 15