i started researching on weird habits that people have during visiting the restroom. my main thoughts were revolving around the idea of a public space, used by many different people, in very personal ways. so we all have our own “world” within a room that is frequented by many others, that also come with a pack of odd habits. than i thought: the interesting aspect is the social one! it’s like a social network where people don’t actually talk to each other about the things they do while they sit in the same place, one after each other. it’s like a bad habit that liberates us from the inside: like smoking. we know that is not the best, but gives us comfort.
and here it comes: the shi(t)sha! this object widely used in lounges, for a relief after a long day at work or for purely leisure, is known to be harmful for lungs’ health, but as humans we like to wrap our vices in a nice paper and label it as good for us. It’s our self-defense system that helps us to slowly kill ourselves and be happy with it. for this project I got inspired by the community aspect of the toilet room and created this ceramic and glass water pipe that resembles a toilet water tank. the viewer is able to inhale the smoke that will be pumped out of the tank, through a sink, which is making it ‘come clean’.
materials: glazed clay, glass, metal, wood and plastic
amsterdam / 2020
▼ ”making of and testing“ / 1:50min video