In this age of crisis, humans are developing individual bubbles where everything seems safer. Amidst this, designers are rethinking their role and how their practice needs to evolve to help support societies remain united, metaphorically if not physically.
Titled ‘Unity’, Huissoud invited visitors to stand in a circle 2 metres apart surrounding the installation. Controlled by footpumps, visitors worked together in a symbol of strength and hope, to breathe life into the piece. Participants involved pumped the system, slowly unveiling a new form as the installation transformed in shape in front of their eyes: growing, dancing, breathing, and revealing its full potential. If no one is pumping, the installation deflated and lost its power and vitality. The installation had an intention to send a message of optimism: by standing strong together, we have the tools and power to create a better world and change the system.
Designer Marlene Huissoud said, “We completely changed the original project concept planned - as the pandemic urged us as humans to make a ‘last’ call for action. More than ever, artists and designers need to redefine their roles and use their skills to shake society. This installation is more than an interactive piece, it is for society to wake up and realise how vital it is for us to be united and act as a whole.”
Supported by Coal Drops Yard.
Commissioned by the London Design Festival 2020.