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Kazerne - Home of Design
A plea for a balanced life.

The Utility of Cessation

The Utility of Cessation
Ronald Smits
This project is part of Kazerne - Home of Design

A serie of instruments that questions the way we manage and perceive ourselves, our environment and the possibilities that lie within. In this project where pragmatism and utility are no longer the starting points, it imagines and emphasizes moments of cessation.

Within Japanese culture “Ma” has been described as a pause in time, an interval, or emptiness in space. “Ma” is often described as the emptiness that give shape to the whole.

Within the West, that is obsessed with excess, utility, and pragmatism, we have no comparable word nor term. In my view this seems to be a serious omission.

These experimental instruments embody a serie of western interpretations of “Ma” that can be found in our contemporary environment and whose potential often has been unexploited.

The various affordances of the different instruments allow us to stop and truly experience a moment of cessation. Which enables us to become more attentive and receptive to ourselves and the world around us.

“That little bit between each note - silences which give the form. The interval which gives shape to the whole”

Isaac Stern