Last Friday I went to the Guggenheim Museum to see the “Countryside, The Future” exhibition presented by the OMA group, which is the research part of the AMO – an architecture firm. The description at the beginning of the museum stated something along the lines of “This is not architecture. This is not an art gallery either. It is something else.” I scoffed at this seemingly pretentious statement. By the end of the exhibition I understood why. I did not see any architecture or art. It was just a huge spiral of information. Variety of increasingly important issues affecting humanity spread across the many floors of the Guggenheim.
I wanted to brainstorm on paper today. I thought that colorful paper can help stimulate the visualization of the idea. I am not sure if I am solving any problems or introducing anything new and whenever I get a bright idea – it dissipates because I think that maybe it’s too crazy. I am trying really not to, but I can feel the mental block. Mostly concerned with limitations of my “expertise” in science and if it’s feasible to create a dissolving packet in an effort to minimize the waste.
Which is why it was hard to complete the timeline. It gets harder and harder the more complex the idea gets.
The story so far
There is a story for me here. There is an old man who is passing on the knowledge and the cultural experience of brewing and drinking coffee to the future generations aboard a space ship that is heading to the new planet. That new home is 10-12 light years away and it’s already partially settled by humans already present there. The space ship carries items and objects that are culturally important for humanity. Things that could have gone extinct, but that we preserved.
Old man brews coffee for the entire crew and their families aboard the space ship only four times a year because they have a limited supply of everything. Each time he brews it, the smell spreads throughout the entire ship and lures everyone over to the kitchen. There people listen to the old man’s stories and his descriptions of coffee shops. People share the warm drink and the conversation. That’s what coffee does. It connects people. It can do that because it takes a long time to grow it and brew it.
I am also thinking of the “ritual” of making coffee every single day. It is so important to me that the idea of doing something different in the future scares me. Coffee is complex from its growth to its making.The filter, the water, the mess, the smell, the flavor profiles, the roast -it’s all so important. Making it simple is not the goal, but making it eco-conscious is. How to do that in a sensible manner is what gets to me.