July 4, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Celestial Teapot Project by Joris Landman

SALON/Big Bang: From Dust by Joris Landman
SALON/Big BangCelestial Teapot Project by Joris Landman at the Oude Kerk 

www.celestialteapotproject.com  is a series of events and presentations, 2014–ongoing by Joris Landman

Project description
Artist and designer Joris Landman wants to put a teapot in orbit around the sun. During SALON/Big Bang, he presents an update on his Celestial Teapot Project. The image of a teapot floating in space comes from a 1950s article about religion, by thinker and scientist Bertrand Russell. In that text, Russell compared the belief in a god to the belief in a teapot orbiting the sun. Over the following 60+ years, that image was spread in many iterations and variations. It has acquired iconic status in scientific and digital culture, and has become a symbol for philosophical questions about reality. Joris is fascinated by the Celestial Teapot. Why and how are this imagery, and the ideas it represents, being perpetuated? Working from the assumption that the best way to understand how a thing works, is to actually make it, Joris aims to launch a teapot into space, following the literal words from the original article. He is bringing together a group of individuals and organizations to share this goal, and to turn the virtual icon into actual reality. The output of the project is an ongoing series of events, presentations and collaborations—with experts ranging from theologians to astrophysicists and ceramists, on subjects ranging from Christian liturgy to Silicon Valley and Alice in Wonderland—until that goal is realized. www.celestialteapotproject.com

Joris Landman works as an independent graphic designer for local, national and international clients
with a focus on creative industries and digital media. He also does commissioned and non-commissioned art and design projects in a wide range of media, which have been presented in international museums, manifestations and magazines. Constant in his work, is his interest in the emergence and storage of meaning through man-made signs and signals. www.jorislandman.com

(photocredits; JW Kaldenbach)

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