We were invited to make a proposal for the 2018 degree exhibition at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, showing work by all graduating students. Our proposal was based on the intuitive and speculative aspects of occult practices, and their historical and contemporary connections to art, crafts and feminism.
We chose the crystal ball as a visual metaphor for the exhibition, based on the thought that in the exhibition we have the opportunity to see and interpret the future of the graduating students and the fields in which they work. We were also fascinated by the fact that in a highly reflective crystal ball, we can see a wide angle reflection of ourselves and the world around us.
The occult is "the knowledge of the hidden". It's neither rational nor measurable, unlike natural science. As artists and designers we often base our decisions on specific ideas or rationale. But we also tend to rely a lot on intuition, something that generates ideas much harder to explain or give a concrete reason for. Intuition is "the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning, or without understanding how the knowledge was acquired." We thought this was an exciting connection between occult practices, such as divination, and artistic intuition.
Our proposal was unfortunately not chosen for this year’s exhibition, but we are happy to have been invited to present a proposal!