THE SHAPE OF PRESENT is part of Andy Picci’s series THE SHAPE OF… The series is inspired by cryptology, which allows to visually reinterpret words defining abstract concepts. The aim of this process is to let the audience emotionally interpret a shape in order to facilitate its comprehension of a philosophical term.
The liquid look of the letters references the book LIQUID MODERNITY by Zygmunt Bauman, in which the concept of liquid society replaces that of postmodernity. In a liquid society, as opposed to a solid society, structures of the common organisation are created collectively. Social status, identity and achievement are defined only in terms of individual choice and can vary, fluctuating rapidly in line with demand for flexibility. Picci defines social relations as becoming increasingly intangible in today’s society, citing love and feelings as evidence of the impalpability of relationships.