Lauriane Heim

Department: Social Design

Productions Towards Mortality

What: A carefully designed process of clay recycling brings forth a set of movements that can help participants in the performance to overcome the fear of death.

Why: In a time of spiritual loss, all our actions are rationalised and result oriented. But what if the only purpose of an object’s production would be to produce an emotion, rather than material profit?

How: The project uses the vocabulary of a production system in a performative installation in which a participant and an operator produce and recycle a clay object. The production follows four steps surrounding death: deposition, transit, separation and remembrance. Dry repetition of the movements brings the focus to body and mind, allowing emotions to flow.

“This project is based on the processing of a negative emotion within in a rational system”

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Photographs: Ronald Smits