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. 

Has the ancient myths still hold answers to the existential questions?

Can we disregard thousands of years of wisdom put into the myths?

Faith has had a history of giving morals to those who followed religious Faiths,

answering social dilemmas of current affairs. Faith through myths and stories help

the individual grasp the problem faced by many, but who do these myths serve?

Which myths are still accurate? Critical outlook on those myths and updating them

to the present is needed when tackling blind Faith.

Faith infiltrates; Faith’s structure influences our relationships and lives. How faith

is designed and physically represented within the collective has an impact on

the individual’s life. Those boundaries intrude in the morals of the individual.

Investigating the building of Faith, Leshan questions how the design of the religious

space influence the human experience of his own personal space, destructing

and reconstructing humans relationships and boundaries. See 24 , p. 88-89.

What is the influence of Faith on space? What is the influence of such space?

When the design of Faith is developed by humans, this will act as a catalyser

for behaviours to adapt to it. The design of Faith brings a responsibility to the designer

or artist to question the morals it gives to the community using such building.

Because of the power Faith imposes us, creatives are required to be critical of the Faith

they themselves chose to believe in. Because Faith is always changing its evolution and

new myths and morals should be ethically questioned. The past can teach the present

but one should be aware to not blindly go back in the past but instead learn from

the past to construct a new future.


21st Faith began asking the question ‘What is Faith in the 21st Century?’. Analysing

and synthesising the projects created for the exhibition, we discovered different

qualities and sides to Faith. Faith offers drive, identity, and truth and therefore plays an

important role in the shaping of human experience. Faith, when organised, can create

strong social bonds, lead to new visions and bring trust and compassion. Faith evolves

constantly, mirroring current socio-political dilemmas and influencing individuals’

reactions to the outside world.

The traditional structure of Faith has seemed to have shifted in the 21st Century. Faith

is plural in its outlet, but universal in its form. At 21st Faith, there were diverse interests

and perspectives brought to discussion and yet they all stemmed from the same desire

to follow one’s set of beliefs.

This project has led us to believe that Faith is as strong as ever. Although it seems that

fewer and fewer individuals choose to follow established religions and their dogmas,

we feel that 21st Faith brings the argument that Faith remains one of the most

important questions, and also feelings, of the 21st Century.