This project was inspired by Alan Lightman's book, Einstein's Dreams. Each chapter describes a different world, where time does not behave as it does in our world. In a workshop led by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, we explored ideas for new devices, social interactions, objects, rituals, words, and systems for the alternative realities described in the book, in order to explore and question our own world.
Inspired by Lightman's writing, I worked with a team to create a new world (story below), and designed a piece for one of its inhabitants. Based in the South of France, I focused on craft, using locally sourced, natural materials in keeping with the rural setting.
This costume comes from a world where one can only experience the passing of time by collecting evidence of time passing. If this proof of existence is not displayed, then the moment ceases to have ever existed.
The people from this society, 'The Collectors,' are therefore obsessed with gathering evidence of their existence. Few people live in the present, many instead choosing to think about how their experiences can be known by their peers in some indistinct future. They encapsulate the passing of time through physical tokens, carefully choosing how their experiences are collected, displayed and shared.