CSM Narrative Environments graduate Vilma Luostarinen’s project Metamorphoses examines the relationship between human and nonhuman bodies in the 21st century. Intrigued by human notions of what is conceived as human vs. nonhuman, she initiated a project that invited selected designers to respond to her ideas.
Through her research, Luostarinen believes that there is a misconception of these two elements, which are not necessarily independent of each other but interlinked. Similar to other dualities such as mind and matter, language and the senses and culture and nature, Luostarinen believes ‘that there are no absolute divisions – which are products of the human mind – but instead nature, including the human species, is a boundless and ever-changing network of hybrid states, materials and beings.’
The intention of the project was designed to facilitate opportunities to develop a heightened sense of awareness and connectedness with the material world. By locating commonalities between humans and nonhumans enabled the public to explore the spaces in-between. ‘In today’s society we often see humanity as superior to nature and it is these perceptions that need to be challenged’ states Luostarinen. The project was designed with unrestricted boundaries to provide the collaborators freedom to explore. This approach has allowed the project to develop in a much more organic way, from which diverse ideas and forms have grown. This has resulted in a chaotic body of unfinished work, which resonates with the theme metamorphoses, the idea of something constantly transforming and evolving.
Luostarinen devised a set of principles to encourage abstract explorations and fragmented ideas to evolve. She believes that in order to navigate the spaces in-between, it was critical to move away from rational thinking and focus more on intuitive modes of working. An intriguing approach, given how we are often taught to rely on the rational and the tangible, statistics and solutions, rather than emotions and a ‘gut-feeling’.
The project outcome showcases a series of sensory and material experiments, inspired by new materialism theory where matter is considered active rather than passive. A bewildering collection of work that is designed to intrigue and delight, trigger contemplation but most of all inspire people to reimagine their relationship with the material world. The works can be explored at metamorphoses exhibition.
Top Left - Vilma Luostarinen, Top Right - Vilma Luostarinen
Middle Left - Vilma Luostarinen, Middle Right - Ninna Berger
Bottom Left - Sanna Lindholm, Bottom Right - Sara Moller