Spending hours making a Zen garden could be considered futile, it would seem that nothing could grow there. Yet, this is only one perspective. The question is: am I working on the garden? Or is the garden working on me? What is grown in this situation cannot be bought or sold; it is my intrinsic wealth. â€¨Taking time for contemplation opens up spaces that make use of the useless, beyond productivity.
Nothing in the world stands by itself. Everything is connected and all actions and interventions have continuous consequences. This can be seen as a circle. From the perspective of Zen, the circle symbolizes infinite connectivity. Looking through a round window reminds us of this universal view.
â€¨We live in a society that aims for endless linear economic growth. Collective benefits are more profitable in the long run but this requires us to think deeply about actions and consequences. Contemplation can be a way to slow down, change perspective and make well-considered ethical decisions that benefit everyone. With my interventions in corporate and public spaces I offer an alternative to hyper- commodification by temporarily transforming spaces into sites for contemplation.