CONTEXT: RCA & Design Trust Workshop
TIMELINE: 3 Weeks
Press: The Paper CN
This is a co-creation project by me and sailor Peng. Through limited emails and sketch sessions, I worked with a sailor who is constantly trying to kill time on his 8-month sailing trips. I found his perception of time opposite to the norm of trying to make more time in the city life. Together we made a device that can count down from 8-month to 0 or from 0 to 8-month - an attempt to count on each precious day.
Peng is a seaman. Last year, he had a long-distance sailing, from east Asia to west Asia and finally arrived in Africa. This sailing took him almost 8 months, then he spent 4 months at home and spent most of the money he earned in this sailing. After this time, he decided to quit long-distance sailing, because this business is unbearable for him. However, if you go follow him on social media, you can only see spectacular sunrise on the sea and how he sailed around the world.
Before you go on, imagine a group of men working together in a closed, cramped space for months. There are no entertainment facilities in this space. You have no way to communicate with the outside world. Your daily work is just some repetitive physical work, and it is no fun. If it is too hard for you to imagine, try sitting in your bed for six hours. You can’t do anything but sit in a daze. This is the most common night for our sailor Peng. He had to go through 240 such nights to get back on land and live the same life as we did.