the Lick Thing is about the relationship between people, materials, objects, non-people, phenomena. It's about appreciation of the agency of nature and other beings. It is a manifesto of our current approach to creation - the essence of it in force and matter. We ask a question if all the processes we use have to be only an effect of human activity. It is also a reflection on how we position our presence in the environment and how we see other beings as a whole. The initial inspiration was an attempt to find a solution for a human-wildlife crisis taking place in the mountains due to climate change and the presence of people in wild animals' habitat. The objects we were designing were supposed to supplement animals with minerals that they lack and at the same time create a situation that inspires the observer to reflect. The result of the project are objects co-created by people and animals. The material is a composite of minerals supplementing the nutrient deficiency in an initial form of a machine-produced lick. The final objects are formed as a result of material processing by animals and our decisions as curators of this process. The key element is the exhibition of objects, which aims to trigger reflection on the receivers. Due to the complexity of the context, the forms created are a medium of redefining many concepts - creation, nature, relationships between people and non-people.
project made with Emilia Omilianowicz