Witnessing your own steps

The container was the first place I started. I built a small container of wood to see what a container essentially is. Then, after I made the model, I marked the actual size of the container to feel how big the space really is. I tried to feel the space and asked myself why I was doing this, what is this space? Not what I wanted to do in the container space, but what is this thing. The small container was constructed at 12 cm - the real container is 2.5 by 6 meters (the 20 ft model) - so I played mostly with the little container.

I moved the container around but decided to move back to the most basic idea; move the container back to sea. Then it becomes a technical story of realizing this. The feeling and experience of the movement became more important than the visual effect of the movement.

Usually when I do my research I go very wide and think about all the consequences. When I know what I find interesting, I focus again. While going wide I might discover things that I can use for other work or that set my initial research in a new direction. So I thought about how a liquid might react to the motion, about other types of movements and about the play of light in conjunction with this movement. What happens if you add some rolling objects?

I did a test run with a container that I had borrowed somewhere in Amsterdam. The idea was developed without actually seeing it; it was made on the basis of a model, so it's definitely exciting to see how it turns out.

Zoro Feigl