Redressing the Im/balance
by Kernel Design x Cloud-floor
We protect ourselves from the outside world by shielding our bodies with various forms of hygienic gears and living within confined spaces so that we feel physically and mentally safe during this pandemic outbreak. Yet, at the same time, the isolation has made us realize how much we appreciate and yearn for activities and routines that lie beyond the barriers that we create for ourselves.
Fresh air and its moisture outside, after a long period of social confinement, demonstrate how a touch of nature is so precious to our physical and mental well-beings. That interaction with nature is a panacea that is so difficult, and sometimes impossible for the underprivileged, to get a hold of, particularly in the congested cities we dwell in today. “The Terrarium-Redressing the Im/balance” is a fully immersive and surreal spatial experience where we recreate the nature that we have longed for, inside a closed space. Our first exhibit was at an office space in the 33 Space project during Bangkok Design Week 2020.
Our second exhibit will be showcased at The Shophouse 1527 in order to bring attention to the need to redress the imbalance between our nature and our society that we are experiencing at the moment, and will be more severe in the future. Moreover, our hope for the exhibit is also to emphasize that it is not only us who need protection from the life-threatening pandemic, but the trees also need protection from us, human beings, whose greed--perhaps manifested through our ever expanding cities--encroaches upon and upsets the balance of nature. In this sense, it is probably not far-fetched to imagine ourselves as a virus that is inimical to the well-being of our natural environment.