Mobile containers for personal sacred objects.
Inspired by Walter Bejamine's essay, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," Nucleye design plays on the intersection between modern spirituality and industrial design, asking the question: What does it mean for a modern person to covet a special and even sacred meaning for personal objects? Benjamine states "changes in the medium of contemporary perception can be comprehended as decay of the aura...[which] bring things “closer” spatially and humanly...overcoming the uniqueness of every reality by accepting its reproduction." Since we live in a world of increasing mobility and individualization, wouldn't a sacred object be both movable and close to the person who assigns meaning, rather than a fixed distant location? Nucleye design, provided kits for people to design a pouch that can carry their own sacred objects, but also can conceal them if desired. At the exhibit opening, individuals were invited to create these pouches themselves, using a kit of cloth and thread. Instructional materials accompanied these kits and provided abstract instructions which teased ideas of modern spirituality in efforts to provoke discussion.