2016, 3D animation, HD video, 1 min. 0 sec., looped
"Forward to the Roots" is Borowski’s latest work related to the theme of humans’ cult organisation of the world. It’s accompanied by a mini-manifesto aimed against the utilitarian organisation of space and against class divisions.
Unlike other animals, we create the environment we live in. As a rule we build it from rooms with right angles and rectangular buildings, because it’s the most economical way of dividing three-dimensional material and space.
As long as we maintain this, everything fits: we can always slide the flat surfaces of furniture up to flat walls; the corner of the wardrobe fits into the corner without wasting space. You can put the most things into the smallest space. You can have a smaller apartment.
It’s not just about arrangement; the same is true of the materials we use to build. Tiles and windows with right angles are more economical to produce (less loss of material). (...)
But how does sitting in these rational spaces affect us? (here’s a clue: do you prefer to relax in the bosom of nature, or in the centre of a city?) (...) Our ape brain feels unnatural in them.