rachel hoffmann2019

The subjective sense


Theory of absurdity

6th semester

Summer 2018

The subjective sense came about through the confrontation with the book „la peste“ by albert camus. Camus‘ theory of absurdity, which states that every person has to determine his own subjective meaning in life in order to give meaning to life, served me as the starting point for this project.

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I involved various people who are personally close to me in my project, by asking them about this topic. The project was divided into two phases.

For phase 1, each of the interviewees had to write down what shaped their lives. Phase 2 was to visualize the subjective sense of life in an abstract way.

This subjective sense did not need to only consist of one component, but could also be a connection between several components of life. A first difficulty was to find out for themselves what their personal subjective sense of life actually is, to put it into words and to clearly define it.

The following challenge was to visualize this meaning. It was up to each interviewee to decide how to accomplish this task. The only requirement i gave the participants was that the implementation hat to be done in an abstract way. They decided which part of sense they connect with which abstract form. In addition, they defined the distances between the abstract elements and what they mean, as well as the colour and the material that they associate with this meaning.

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Through the task, the contributors realized that they were learning far more from this work than they had imagined. They had not implemented this project for me, but in the end, rather for themselves. Although we are aware of the senses that make life worth living, we rarely deliberately deal with it.

The participants got the opportunity in today‘s fast pace to take a step back and question themselves. They were invited to deal artistically with a task and had to realize that there could be no right or wrong implementation. The participants solved the task solely for themselves and their own knowledge. In this way, they succeeded in making something invisible visible and did not only mentally but also visually confronted themselves with this topic.


Created in: one semester


Materials: fabriano handmade paper, charcoal, graphit, red watercolour


Digital tools: none


Created for: Free project

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