Random Generator Machine | Word | Experiment 1 | Experiment 2 | Experiment 3

"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." - Mattie Stepanek

noun: strength; plural noun: strengths
the quality or state of being physically strong.
"cycling can help you build up your strength"

the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure.
"they were taking no chances with the strength of the retaining wall"

For the second experiment, I wanted to focus on unity as a form of strength, particularly in things that are naturally thought to be weak. My idea stemmed from researching unity, which at first gave results on links for a game company named Unity 3D but once I excluded the words "game" and "3d", I discovered the word had lots of religious connotations of faith and believing in God's power. They spoke a lot about creating a community that's open-minded and harmonious.religious1.JPG
I began to think about other community run organisations which led to remembering history lessons talking about different movements such as the fight to abolish the White Australia Policy, the French Revolution and more recently, the efforts that many people expended to pass the law for marriage equality. I felt that what each of these had in common were the fact that every individual was crucial in these events. It started with a small group that grew over time and was united for a single cause, which I tried to express using simple things that could be found around the house. I wanted to show that the strength of unity can be found in many different places, even in the ones we don't think about despite seeing them everyday.

For example, paper is lightweight on its own and is easily torn apart or crumpled. It shows no resistance until they are stacked together in which it becomes much harder to destroy. I tried to show this through a series of different materials, including paper and tissue tested against heavier, sturdier items like brick walls and aluminum cans. My criteria for the second group of items was that they should not bend or distort from pressure applied by bare human hands.

At first, I tried to drop a stack of paper on an empty aluminum can as I wanted to set a sort of baseline for how far I could test materials.can.JPG

I thought that paper against aluminum would be the most successful and recorded this in a video.

I really liked the detail in the crushed can, especially the way the lines merged together like natural terrain.
Next I tried to look at something with a greater weakness versus sturdiness ratio: tissue paper and a brick wall. I gathered a couple of bricks that we had lying around in our backyard and constructed a mini wall on the pavement.
I then tied a piece of string around a pack of kitchen towels and swung it towards the bricks to see if the tissues would tear before the brick wall dismantled. It took a couple of tries which I documented on video.

From this experiment, I discovered that sometimes persistence is a key quality of unity requiring strength. However, I also began to think about weakness as a lack of unity and decided that this might be an area to think about for the third experiment.