The horse project vibrates like a line in tension on between these two poles. Ambivalence, compassion, hesitation, uncertainty are new terrains to navigate for contemporary designers. We cannot pretend to have universal solutions, but we should not be satisfied by posing as neutral critiques of our production systems. We are deeply involved - bloody handed for most - and we have a voice, which resonates outside of our discipline. How can we ’stay with the trouble’ and still offer new possibilities?
Words by Thomas Pausz
The Horse Project contemplates the unique situation of the Icelandic horse and traces the history of how it has been used and treated in the past both as a working animal and a friend. Ethical speculations and different opinions within the ten all female group members about using the materials from and off the animal, eating the animal and setting the animal free were topics that repeatedly came up through the course of the twelve weeks. The importance of using what the local surroundings can offer us was a unanimous voice within the group and that is reflected in the material explorations from the horse and in the book.