Roof Top Explorations
Rietveld Academy Department of Jewellery
Rietveld Academy Department of Architecture
It's Going to Rain Soon - Exhibition (May 2019).
Seonmi Shin, Laura Schurch, Juliette Delarue, Britt van Dam, Yuriy Krupey, Robbie Doorman, Mica Pan, Valter Torsleff, Wimke Dekker, Franca Ullrich, Florianne libilbehety, Neza Kokol, Kaja Boudewijn, Herman Berge, Herman; Gabi jand, Tania Phuong, Alex Gasparis, Renske Maria van Dam.
A slightly rough texture, a minor vibration, a change in intensity of temperature or color. Within our daily experience as well as within the design process tiny perceptions guide our way. They are the ‘difference that makes a difference’.
As result of a two week, hands on, workshop we presented ‘It’s going to rain soon’: an exhibition in which the sun and the wind perform. With a focus on tiny perceptions we sense and activate the environment on the rooftop of the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Guided by a listening to, moving with and breathing with the environment we slow down, open-up and train our sensitivity. We ‘listen with our whole body’ and activate the rooftop with our interventions.
We learn how to ‘see’ and work with what was not visible before. We learn to defend our design choices by using our bodies rather than words. New levels of care arise when after a refreshing shower our wood becomes ‘lazy’ or the wind blows away our materials. The knowing, rather than knowledge, we develop here applies to a specific material, on a specific location at the rooftop, in a specific season, seen form a specific perspective etc. In other words research becomes situated and sensible, rather than generic, isolated and falsifiable.
In a world in which social-environmental degradation is our main concern, tiny perceptions bring us to the ground. They offer a local tool to work with and offer the opportunity to slightly alternate our habit(at)s.