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. 

27

Will you act on it?,

by Rebecca Lardeur.

Why don’t we act on climate change and why don’t we take it seriously? This is a wicked

question I can’t get my mind around. The answer is so plural that it is a bit like quantum

science, everytime you look at it, it has changed and the need to adapt, expand

and transform is all that is left.

To start answering the question I chose my mum as my case study. She was raised

in a city, now lives comfortably, enjoys organic food and a periodic walk in the forest.

She does not want the planet to decay, but does not act neither to change the status quo.

She is unaware of the unintended consequences of the materials or resources used in her

everyday routine, which I learned through design studies. She does not think her personal

impact can be of any value. Recycling seems frivolous to her, as a lie told by society to

keep calm. But, was it true? Can small actions really make no difference? Taking recycling

as an example, does the power of the group has really no effect?

To me, waste is only an unrealised potential. For this project I wanted to express my

perception of waste and visualise what collective action can do. The piece asked the

passer-by to glue on it the waste they had in their pockets, and the last day of the show

everyone was invited to paint over the piece to give a new life to the accumulated waste.

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your

practice.

Rebecca: I am a designer interested

in the subjects of social exchanges,

physical action and play. My ongoing work

researches beliefs systems and how

it influences our relationship and actions

towards nature.

I am currently studying

a postgraduate programme in Information

Experience Design.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

I started 21st Faith out of a desire to

question this notion of ‘Faith’ while being

fully aware of the need of the project

to grow organically and with diverse point

of views, united.

Faith, and beliefs, are the basis

of knowledge and what humans hold to be

‘true’ or ‘trustworthy’. It guides so many of

us, can’t we now be objective on subjective

matters? This is what we’re trying to

do with 21st Faith. Growing together.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

I believe it will be as strong as ever. There

is no reason for the human race to suddenly

lose this aspect of feeling in the everyday.

The question to me, is, can we speak about

it or is it taboo? Can we share and can

we grow? To investigate Faith in the 21st

century in order to harness its opportunities

for this new technology-dominated age.

Rebecca: rbk.graphics, @rbkldr 95