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This project addresses the negative effect of increased individualism in modern societies and how it is interrelated with increased loss of human connectedness. By examining psychological theories of individualism and connectedness I found that making contact with others is an essential and fundamental human need, as well as one that makes our lives valuable as a human being. I also examined how design thinking and ideas of social design can encourage connectedness and how perceptions of nature can be an important part of creating human connectedness. The aim of this project thus became to encourage more human connectedness through shared experiences and perceptions of nature. The perception of nature is a good way to make people reflect upon their own life in terms of connectedness since nature directs people to reflect upon the meaning of living together. When we experience nature, we feel that we exist as a part of it. It is important in my design project because my design concept is to share our emotions from nature.
By designing a series of abstract objects I have created a vehicle to facilitate communication and the sharing of emotions among people. The objects reflect my personal experiences and emotions that I have felt with nature. The objects are media to help people to get connected to their own feelings, and to lead people to feel connectedness with others. As an artist and a designer, who sees the disconnectedness in society, I decided to use the abstract objects as a metaphorical medium based on human emotions and connectedness.