The exhibition was a summary of a multistage transcultural project . The exhibition presented Nepalese culture and daily life as a mirror image of what we know in our European reality.
The “Parallel Reality” exhibition was one of the stages of work within the research project entitled. ‘Futurology in design practice’, carried out at the Faculty of Interior Design and Design by Dr Marta Flisykowska. The Kathmandu University School of Arts Center for Art and Design is a partner of the project. The exhibition is supported by the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.
Nepal/Poland <=> Poland/Nepal
A distant culture means different traditions, rituals, language and mentality. There, things that may be unnoticeable to us gain importance. How can we learn something new about ourselves? How can we develop civilisation? By changing our perspective, we see and thus understand more.
Where we are born and stay, our surroundings and reality, are the starting point. Every subsequent experience will be compared to the former.Geographical conditions, history, access to knowledge are all factors in cultural differences. We have the same needs, we are made of the same matter, we differ locally and in detail.Knowing only our surroundings, we automatically take them as a model and an interpretation.
“Parallel” does not mean “the same”.
A distant culture means different traditions, rituals, language, mentality. There, things that may be imperceptible to us gain importance.How can we learn something new about ourselves? How can we develop civilisation? By changing our perspective, we see and thus understand more.
The exhibition ‘Paralell Reality’ is a summary of a certain phase of work within the research project entitled. ‘Futurology in design practice’, carried out at the Faculty of Interior Design and Design by Dr Marta Flisykowska.
The Kathmandu University School of Arts Center for Art and Design is a partner of the project. The exhibition is supported by the Marshall of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The exhibition ‘Parallel Reality/ Paralell Reality’ consists of three parts.
Installation from reportage photographs
Familiar objects and situations from our everyday life are markers of our native reality, through which we guess the context. However, it is different from the one we are used to. Presented are the author’s photographs taken during her stay in Nepal in 2016 with commentary by the author. They were juxtaposed with photos selected for their Polish context from Polish websites.
Multimedia presentation of material culture
A project with students from the University of the Arts, Kathmandu.
The students present objects, rituals of Nepal’s material and immaterial culture and explain why some of them stand the test of time. They also show some that they believe will soon be forgotten.
October 2016, presentation at the Kathmandu University of the Arts
The presentation was linked to the ‘Futurology in Design Practice’ project at the Faculty of Architecture and Design
and was the seed for the creation of the exhibition “Parallel Reality” whose partner, also the university
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Interpreting the Mandala
Materialising the assumptions of futurology in design practice. A powerful cultural symbol, known for its two-dimensional form. The mandala is an ideal pretext for experiments on the borderline between parametric and generative design. In the broadest sense, mandalas are diagrams that show how chaos takes harmonious form. They are an ideal example bringing the symbolic and humanistic world closer to the parametric one.
Gdynia City Museum www.muzeumgdynia.pl
Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk
Kathmandu University School Of Arts Kathmandu University Center for Art and Design
Marshal of the Pomeranian Region
Photos Wiktor Orłowski