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. 

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your

practice

Louis: Louis Schreyer is a german born

artist/designer based in London, doing

a MA in Informa- tion Experience Design

at the Royal College of Art. Working in

a range of media, he makes use of analog

photography and videography, while

exploring new ways of working with

interactive sculptures, digital realities

and emotions as well as experiences

in art. His work is socially critical

and often political, as he looks at social

behavior, the interaction of humans and

machines, as well as language. He is

interested in Surveillance, and different

means of control in popular culture.

He has exhibited in several exhibitions

in London, Berlin as well Jerusalem

in which he mainly presented photography,

sculptures and installation works.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

As an artist, faith is essential in one’s

success. In the 21st Century there is not

much faith left, as our future has been

killed by films, capitalisms simulations

of subculture through popular culture

and the news. Our future was once going

to be one in which free love, music

and happiness ruled over war and money,

but that future was bought. In a way

the future only ever exists in the way

we talk about and therefore define it.

It never really starts, but without somebody

laying it out for us we could not envision it,

which is why Dystopian art or films

are dangerous. In order to restore faith,

we have to invent futures, we have to try to

live those futures ourselves which is where

change happens. Yet as artists we need

to embody this positive attitude towards

notions of future in our work. If not even

change our work in order to save our future

and the world from meaningless art.

I am interested in faith as a subject and was

drawn in by my good friend Rebecca who

envisioned and brought to live the project

as I had faith in her vision. A great deal

of other friends and artists had the same

faith which is why it was possible to bring

such a beautiful show and people together.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

I think in the 21st Century as of so far Faith

has died to some degree, as our future

has collapsed. There are an infinite amount

of futures, that only ever exist in the way

we talk about, and therefore define them.

Religion used to serve the purpose control

through fear, but also ensuring faith

in the future to deal with the present.

Language allowed for this description

of heaven or hell as only possible futures

in order to guide the masses. Still today

religion has a huge impact on some people

leading them to make radical decisions

based on faith. Still Governments outdated

Religion as institutions of control, as they

installed faith in democracy and peace.

Shared narratives are means of faith based

in language. The Future has collapsed

as we have stopped being able to grasp

the present. Not knowing our destination

is eroding our path as we stumble

into the future. As markets and networks

have exceeded our understanding and their

repercussions on nature are too difficult

to judge and predict, as to define a shared

narrative to deal with the complexity

of issues in the world and their networks.

When we talk about the future, its mainly

in terms of dystopia which is only

supported by the media and film/ TV

industry. In order to restore faith in

the future, we need to invent new futures,

new paths. The way we think about the

future defines the way we act in the present

as well as the present defining the future.

Faith carries energy and can be inspiring.

Therefore faith plays a huge role in the 21.

Century. We need people to believe in

a better future in order to create it by living

and inviting it in the present!

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