Work by Sergej
Why are places of natural beauty so magnetic for city dwellers today? Untouched places where our planet has not been farmed, landscaped or built on. The more these far-flung corners of our planet shun us, the more we crave to visit them. In bygone times we ran from hostile deserts, frozen plains, bubbling earth, barren mountains and wild animals, so what’s the attraction now? Perhaps it is the disregard that draws us in. These places do not welcome us, they certainly do not pander. Are they the only earthly reminder of our fragile existence and transience in this manufactured society we habituate?
In our insulated homes and workspaces, packed with creature comforts, where temperature and humidity are controlled and air is filtered, we develop without interruption. It’s doubtful if the more challenging environments would be so interesting if we were stuck out there permanently, if there was no retreat to the cosy cave. Which might explain why those who have never suffered non-optional exposure revel in experiencing the elements. Nevertheless, there is something intoxicating about the reality of experiencing life through our senses.
The real deal
In these times where microprocessors analyse our every action, smoothing out the bumps of reality, it is refreshing to touch base with something real. Real things are made by people, not 3D printers, lasers or robots. They have the makers’ marks recording the passage of time during their careful creation. Wood, leather, metal and ceramic materials have been woven into our history from the very beginning of time. Our affection for them is nestled in our DNA.
Which virtually explains our fascination with reality, it’s almost magnetic attraction.