Solutions: Water Drops Travel Through Bodies and Earth.
LASAI P&L: -9 (≃ -98 USD)
A friendly invite to become the stewards of water. LASAI (eng. Drops Travel) is an embodiment experiment that explores the theme of water intelligence from the micro lens. Animated poem(s) showcase a water drop traveling through all bodies and waters on Earth collecting wisdom. A drop here is a character that never dies, remembers everything, exists as an interactive library of all life's knowledge, an expression of water as intelligence that's worth protecting.
This project is an open project for collating mini stories with water drops metaphor.
The name "lasai" means "drops" in Lithuanian. It also has a funny sounding end of "ai" at the end which relates to water as intelligence theme. "Drops" are a metaphor for creativity: idea puzzles are like drops, when many drops come together, there is an ocean: a body of the idea. Same in this project submissions are "drops".
Recreated visuals to suit a dance collaboration - slides would be played as a video in the Zoom background when a dancer replicates a drop's journey through a body movement
I made a video showcasing how a poem reflects a pattern of a wave.
Rewrote the end (Draft 11) with a positive note of symbiosis ("we are water" metaphor), instead of judging humans for water pollution (Drafts 8 and 9).
I edited the final slides, so that when played as a video, they give an impression of water drop going down and back up through the screen.
Playing with new fonts and more slides for updated poem
Editing and rewriting a poem with words that speak water sounds ("draft seven")
6 writing drafts turned into a visual presentation.
Messing around with a spoken word draft that could be turned into images collage, song or video later
So I have my draft one and here are my learnings!
Draft is about "A Water Cycle as if I’m a Water Drop": playing with a narrative as if I’m a water drop, making sounds, while I travel from the rainy cloud to the house roof, to the soil, to the underground waters, to the house, the human body, toilet and sanitation system, open waters, animal bodies, microplastics, human dish plate.
The purpose is to show how water transforms and unites all bodies (life) on earth. The message is to inspire spectators to think about the impact of their shopping habits and their health, the water health. (Clean freshwater (drinkable water) is disappearing on Earth.)
RE writing, I'd like to find the right words that express how water sounds depending on its form (rain, tap drop, etc). RE visual presentation, perhaps to include spoken word with those exact sounds of "slurp", "pop pop (rain)", etc.
RE concept, I had a thought to link water cycle with a creativity process...
Reflecting on what the project is about.. So the purpose is to spark curiosity about water through playful relationship with drops as a metaphor of micro action ("every drop of clean matters!", "keep it clean") and become a water steward, rather than judging people for water pollution) which doesn't inspire any positive behaviour anyway.
I left the end of the poem as "unfinished" so that other collaborators can build on that, and continue the story of the water drop. This way, the story of a drop becomes a "never-ending story", like water's life on Earth is.
One collaborator - [malü] - created her story of a drop too! And we both submitted our segments to YOMO.
Project update: Thinking about a part two of the poem - what happens after the drop is in symbiosis with other drops (metaphor of when human thoughts mix with other humans thoughts as in collective intelligence) and how it relates to the Ocean. Thinking about the chaotic journey of creativity that leads to the whole bigger than its parts. Story lines to explore: turbulence, chaos, randomness, nonlinearity, ocean depth and ocean's coastline, fractals. Let's see how all these themes can fit into a poem part II!