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2010-12-01 // // Human Condition // Designism : In Design we trust

My work consists of the idea of illustrating the relationship between religion and trust, mainly concentrated on how people follow ideas and practices based on trust in their efficiency.

 

Linking design with religious practice is a way to illustrate the relationship between people and how they act or seem to act. Religion is based on belief and trust in a superior being who is able to understand and explain everything. He can help you to endure by giving you hope of a better future. But there is risk in trusting too much in religion. When this happens, people tend to delegate their responsibility. 

For me, the same assessment can be made on the topic of design. Contemporary designers are multidisciplinary professionals. Because of their awareness of the world around them, they are seen as the individuals most able to change things with their ideas. People ask more and more of the designer, they trust in him or her as they trust in God. In contemporary society, the designer is viewed as a person able to create objects to solve problems, making life easier and making people feel better.

The designer goes further than merely designing objects. He or she has to find solutions, moving away from objects or furniture. His role seems to be more and more important, and the weight on his shoulders greater and greater.

Design is a kind of new religion with its own central issues of contemporary relevance, such as the environment, cohesiveness, culture, housing … the list goes on.

People’s expectations grow more and more demanding. Design is seen as a way to change habits for a better world and an easier life.

I consider this project to be a metaphor about the expected role of the designer.

According to people’s demand, the image of the designer as a trustworthy and helping person transforms the designer into a kind of god who acts for their salvation. 

 

Within this topic of design as a new religion, I plan to create catalyst objects to capture the prayers of people who trust in design.

The use of these objects is related to religious practice, in the form of praying or offering something to a god as a way to obtain his help. As with a prayer, the ritual is an alternate way to deal with a problem, giving one the feeling of action and effectiveness.

These ritual objects focus on several important issues for contemporary design as well as more global issues that seem impossible to solve, such as pollution or world peace.

As in a prayer to a god, by performing your own object sacrifice, you become an active part of the progress towards a better world, thanks to the help of the design and the benevolent designer.