‘Rune singing’ is an ancient ritual in the area of Karelia which is now Finland. The giver and recipient of the story sit opposite each other with knees touching and hands interlocked. The rune singer sings the story, and each line is repeated by the learner. Studying contemporary Finnish culture through the lens of film-maker Aki Kaurismaki, the design responds to the perceived privacy of the Finnish spirit. A vertical series of spaces incrementally encourage increased intimacy between the two participants. The project aims to provoke a deeper consideration around our practices of storytelling, and the loss of physical and spatial intimacy resulting from digital storytelling rituals such as the ‘instastory’.
Development Sketches | Left – device for averting a gaze; Right – access bridge for the stranger
Chalice | Design for a cup appendage which is stained by being used, in order to create a physical memory of participation in the ritual
Hands | Physical demonstration of the rune singing ritual
Residue |In casting ‘Rune 26 objects’, unintentional marks were left on the formwork through the casting process. This drawing reorganises and recreates those marks, celebrating the beauty of the accident.
Rune 26 | A sculptural interpretation of rune 26 of the Kalevala