Better Together was named a cycle of workshops I’ve been building long time ago. Although catchy, still a very real and accurate name in my belief. This is how I intended to work out Resources the Project while living electric days in Kathmandu. Personal work is truly important. Indeed it is, but truly asking for, what happens when we get together and build from that point and so on? Something new, original and sort of impossible to achieve.
To assist an unpredictable Creative Sustainability Workshop was the invitation to a group of interested and interesting, highly motivated and particular people from different schools, age and background. Generally and particularly one will ask what’s the session about, so they did. I just anticipated that we would be messing around with our own hands and creativity, right before introducing and establishing the base of two key sentences. 1. What is Sustainability?; 2. What is Creativity? The results were simply stunning. Special, meant gratefulness for everything. Best wishes in every little and big thing for these amazing creatives from Lalit Kala Campus Of Fine Arts, Tribhuvan University; Sirjana College of Fine Arts; Olympia World College and Olympia World School.
The doko is one of the most symbolic objects of this zone of Asia. They use it regularly, every day, many times and for different purposes in places like India and Bhutan, besides Nepal. This element was born for transportation. Mostly used in hilly areas, it’s also possible to see them in action while going through Kathmandu urban areas. The very same day I arrived in Kathmandu, the realisation that the capital of Nepal was a gold mine if we talk about trash was an easy and fast thought. Trash, again, is so subjectively called trash that is hard to discern what it is and it’s not waste itself. This case was, Kathmandu’s streets are full of it. Unprotected gold, right there.
Towards a different direction of what I did in Milano, what happened during the short but meaningful staying in Kathmandu was that trash wasn’t coming from my daily waste, but from every other direction. I picked up trash from the streets, water cups from daily basis and also collected some personal items too. Thus all aware of this waste hunting, even students and teachers from the school took the time to also save some precious trash for me.
The day I arrived to share with those inquisitive people, we had at disposal just few things. The task was to build an hourglass out of trashy materials. So the idea was to collect, all together, litter from the streets and build the desired piece. Just some lower “sand” parts were built by me, in advanced.. Everything else was made that Saturday 18th of March, 2017 or 2073 in the local calendar. The two Nepali’s doko we found, were not just a country’s symbol but our artwork’s base. Briefly mentioned, the only rigid task for the particular workshop was to build an hourglass made out of trash, waste, useless stuff. So we did. We planned, I sketched how the flexible final shape and encouraged the students to do what they knew, already and what to do next. Basing our creation with two pyramids, the concept was not more than a reflexion in between the boundaries of time and resources. Those boundaries could be magnified or strongly stretched with more or less creativity, ideas, second opportunities and a group of creators. But really, are these limited or unlimited?