Porsche SCOPES festival

  • YEAR: 2021
Slavic culture, even though lately more visible in media, seems to be still largely undiscovered. It’s deeply rooted in nature, seasons change, magic, & a simple way of life. Forgotten rituals, myths, & pagan deities seem to be outdated. The folk tales need to be updated to modern times to keep up with changing world. The main objective that inspired the project was for them to be discovered anew. 

Each element has been designed with the idea of retelling some piece of Slavic folklore, thus giving it a chance to rewrite a tradition. Even though their function & used materials are still entrenched in cultural heritage, they have been elevated to contemporary objects.

All of the designs exist in a virtual environment & as a 3d printed objects, dedicated to the Scopes Festival artists: Fabergé egg for Alyona Alyona, Flower Crown (as objectified face filter) for Johanna Jaskowska, Key (inspired by Slavic god Chur, protector of our earthly belongings) for the Ada Zielińska & Rafał Dominik installation, perfume bottle for Victor Kochetov scent, & Hoopoe Whistle (as music instrument) for the VTSS x Lutto Lento x Bożna performance. 

The renders are made of materials that in real life are extremely precious - blue striped marble, precious metals, polish amber, & pearls will help to highlight the intricate designs of the projects.

During the event, 3d printed objects are for the participants to take home. Since environmental well-being is of great importance for the creator, we made sure to use recycled filament to minimize the impact on nature.

Alyona Alyona - Fabergé egg

Carl Fabergé created the first jeweled egg as an Easter gift for his wife. Therefore started a wonderful annual tradition. What made the whole world fall in love with them is not only the incredible amount of precious metals & gems used to make them but mostly ornate designs presented by the master jewelers. 

The SCOPES Fabergé egg created especially for Alyona Alyona, who often brings up environmental awareness in her songs, will be decorated with Lilies of the valley. These spring flowers played a significant role in Slavic folklore. Old beliefs said that they bring good luck & have magical powers. People used them to remedy heart conditions & as an ingredient for love spells and as an aphrodisiac. But these small flowers could be dangerous if used by unskilled practitioners. Some of the love potions could end up being deadly to their paramour. 

Lilies of the valley, as enchanted as unassuming, were an inspiration for this design. Their delicate blossoms & stems will entwine the heart of the egg & hold it. 

Victor Kochetov - Perfume Bottle

Old Slavic legends say that if you listen closely on a windy day, you can hear oak trees whisper words of prophecies. Some called them guardian spirits, wards of the mighty deity, Perun. Others believed gods lived in them, calling them the world tree. In fact, most of the holy places were hidden deep in the forest, and statues and figures were usually carved from oak trees. The reason for that was probably their overwhelming size and that they can surpass hundreds of years of age, making it a powerful life-affirming symbol.

Since the earliest ties between humans and oaks, a powerful symbolic image have developed in which these trees are associated with longevity, strength, stability, endurance, power, justice, and honesty.

Oak trees also have a strong connection to magic practices in Slavic cultures. Its strong roots reach as far into the ground as its branches reach to heavens. This trait makes them a symbol of Witches maxim “as above; so below.”

Oaktree bark is also one of the components in the scent created for the SCOPES festival by Victor Kochetov. Thus its characteristic leaves and acorns became ornaments on a specially designed perfume bottle. The delicacy of the project stands in contrast to the inspiration creating a new dimension to the oak tree’s perception.

Ada Zielińska x Rafał Dominik - Key (Camouflage) 

On many pagan relics, you can find ornate symbols appealing to Slavic deities. One of them, Chur, is believed to be a protector of our earthly belongings. He draws the line between "mine" and "yours", guarding it against wrong actions and enemies. Protecting the boundaries meant keeping the possessions safe and was an essential factor in the peaceful life of early Slavs.

That inspired the idea of creating an amulet marked with a symbol of Chur. Thanks to it, the bearer can peacefully cross the boundaries and enter the space of art installation by Ada Zielińska x Rafał Dominik. 

The form of a key also has a symbolic meaning. In Eastern Europe, there was a superstition that a key brought good dreams to the owner, making all their innermost desires come true. Keys are often used as amulets to help their bearer reach their goals in any area - such as love, finances, or career or enter hidden locations.

The skeleton key design for the SCOPES festival is a piece of art and serves as a device to enter another realm, which was closed and inaccessible.

Johanna Jaskowska - Flower Crown

Flower crowns might be one of a few Slavic traditions that actually grew even more popular than they used to be centuries ago. Nowadays, they are an everyday fashion accessory to wear during all sorts of events.

In Slavic tradition, this privilege was reserved for young girls as a symbol of purity & youth. They were strictly ceremonial garments worn during religious celebrations. Usually, those wreaths were braided out of seasonal flowers and herbs, creating a beautiful composition of colors & scents.

The headpiece designed for the SCOPES festival puts the person in a unique position, taking a central role in the celebration. Similar to the project of Johanna Jaskowska, it disguises the face with a new role. Johanna’s filters allow users to augment their bodies with a layer of digital fantasy. With the object designed for her, this virtual illusion will use an elevated take on polish tradition. Irises & melissa leaves are symbols of pride & peace of mind. This combination in the flower crown is supposed to work as a spell or charm to keep away the unwanted & hurtful energy.

VTSS x Lutto Lento x Bożna

Hoopoe is one of the most odd-looking birds living in Poland. Its bizarre calling & colorful plumage are easily recognizable from other birds. 

Their unusual apparition made people believe that hoopoes are impure creatures with a connection to dark forces. Some folk tales claim they were enchanted people, turned into birds after death.

Those fables were far from the truth, though. Their nature is careful & caring. When in danger, they present their colorful feathers and sing. The unusual calling of the Hoopoe was one of the reasons why this bird became a hero of whistle design.

In polish tradition, bird-shaped whistles are an inseparable element of childhood memories from church faires & country fetes. Those simple, usually wooden or clay, toys are rooted in Polish tradition but will receive a new modernized form.

It feels more than fitting to create an instrument design for VTSS x Lutto Lento X Bożna. This updated design of the traditional whistle is a reminder of how art has changed throughout history and that cultivating a tradition doesn’t mean that we should not embrace the new.