Mother's Poisons - A Dissolution of Boundary
Interfaces of tactile interaction have grown and settled between humans and the remainder of the natural world. There are those of contrived boundary: the placement of a self-benefiting, global, hierarchical system in which greed and growth overwhelm human motive and thus devastate and unbalance the welfare of all beings - plant, animal, and mineral. Within this work, these structures are stripped away to reveal the Earth’s interconnected, porous existence for which life has no bounds, utilising, instead, nature’s employment of complex systems which induce cycles of growth, decay and continuation.
Such interfaces become membranes; nests and skins to dissect, to pull apart, be engulfed by and soak into; unfolding into architectural strategies through tangible and speculative interfaces mediating between humans and nature - the dissipated boundary being the basis for all correspondence between them.
Submersion into these intangible notions relies on the fabrication of a myth, allowing for exploration past the limitations of existing rational architectures, while simultaneously establishing further parameters by employing myth as a generational tool for design and innovation. Tales of creation reveal an immanent landscape as the protagonist Mother – Mother Nature, Mother Earth, the Great Mother – embodies the creator of life and artist of all beings. She presents an aggressive landscape laden with poisons in a predominating response to human destruction, reflecting the necessity to transform through procedures of hybridisation, metamorphosis and decay.
As a tool to organise this discussion and interrogate the Mother, a scheme based upon Erich Neumann’s 1955 Schema III is adapted to expand upon Jungian thought of the feminine archetype. It combines a rational organising structure with a speculative account of the Mother’s characters; a schema pulling upon her maternal and transformative attributes in which she transforms all beings into herself and herself into them.
Following the schema’s framework, mediating procedures provide a grotesque story of dissolving boundaries which allow for unification with the Mother, setting themselves within the bounds of speculation and truly proposed essences of interface and design. These interfaces carry narrative through the Mysteries of Transformation where dissolving boundaries between beings are moulded and revealed. These are the tales of interaction.