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. 

Grace:

Ella:

Grace:

I am interested in the place of the body in traditional belief

systems, particularly what happens when we think about

the body and how it is represented in one of the oldest belief

systems. You guys [Alex and Theo] are collaborating and

you were talking about a sense of community, and I think

that faith has been a very divisive thing as long as it existed.

I think one of the reasons that has happened is because

the major world religions are one of the monotheistic

ones. So it sort of establishes this narrative where it is like

you believe in this one thing, and that one thing is

this thing we think is important. Any systems which regards

this one thing immediately establishes this hierarchy where

if you do not agree with that then you’re lesser. I think when

we are talking about fostering communities and being

sensitive and creative and joyful, it is better to talk about

polytheistic belief systems. If everyone thinks about things

in a linear way, we can’t talk about interconnectedness

and making waves in communities rather than separate

groups so everyone joining together and having fun,

making things together…

And sharing.

And interacting with each other. So yes that is why

I’ve included water as it was about fluidity and fusion.

The dissolution of these old ideas to create a new slimy

sticky thing.

[laughs]

[Ella introduces artist Yusta]

Yusta:

My piece is the pavement over there. It is about memorials

people make in the streets. There is this new way of dealing

with death but not related the traditional sense like

a graveyard which is almost always related to religion but

in this totally anonymous place that is the street. So for the

people who put it these memorials there it is extremely

personal, but then for the passer-by it does not really mean

anything to them. It reminds them of death in a more general

sense, and then with all these things there are there for

a time and then eventually they disappear. They can’t be

permanent. And if they were permanent they would be

everywhere. We couldn’t deal with that, so it almost works

in a way that they disappear with time. But then who takes

them away? Eventually the council will come and will take

it away, so how long do you decide a memorial should be

there for? It is a difficult question and although we talked

about faith and how it has moved away from religion, I think

in a lot of ways there are actually basing it off the framework

of religion. We still believe, even if you are not religious,

you sort of believe in an after-life, or your material success,

your legacy, is a new version of that. But it is basically based

on the same sort of ideas. In a way I do not think we have

quite yet find something to replace faith in the religious

sense. We are kind of moving it into something else

but slowly.