According to Brene Brown, vulnerability is a birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. Vulnerability, as she describes, is taking action when there is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. Although there is a rising acceptance of vulnerability, some people still see it as a weakness. However, vulnerability is beyond negative emotion. Brown says, “You do vulnerability knowingly, or vulnerability does you.” It is a conscious mindset, living within our inner selves. If acknowledged and embraced well, vulnerability helps foster better human interaction and connection. As a result, build a healthier community.
As a young adult pursuing creative occupation, much of our creative work invites us to be vulnerable. Unavoidably, creativity is part of the practice for embracing vulnerability, but embracing it does not guarantee positive outcomes. However, when we decide to own it, we bring light to the darkness. The practice of vulnerability is the stepping stone into adulthood and the turning point of revealing talents.
To guide young creatives to grapple with stories and experiences, I created a space for vulnerability to be embraced, practiced and vocalized. Symbolized by the metaphor of animal shells, “Hatch” is a collaborative and self-reflective space for creatives. An animal shell is often regarded as a vulnerable mask for ones to hide, which resembles the common action ones tend to lean on when it comes to vulnerability. However, the deeper stories and meanings of the shells carry strength and depict the nature of survival tactic. The egg-shaped space, which carries many reflective thoughts and actions portrayed by abstracted forms will evoke a new perspective. It is a safe outlet for creatives to share and grow together. Through encouraging human interactivity and reflection, the place will bring vulnerable creatives together and break the silenced social taboo. Vulnerability from now on will truly unlock
- Agency/Creative: Shuk Lam Sze To (Linda) - San Jose State University
- Article Title: “Hatch” a Space for Vulnerability to Be Embraced, Practiced and Vocalised
- Organisation/Entity: Conceptual Work - Spatial Design for Pop-Up Environment