Naval Gazing is an abstracted formulation of the eco-critical nature/culture discourse. It constructs a structure called the habiton -- a wo/man-made, non-utilitarian, wind-driven symbol of the propensity to colonise; the urge is expressed as much by humans as by all living organisms. While the habiton transverses the ocean, its perpetual chaotic movement resists the interaction with both marine organisms as well as its conceivers -- yet the living eventually wins. The habiton is killed by nature -- marine organisms overgrow and sink it. Thus, the work of art is resurrected as an appropriated living environment, forced into life's utility.
Credits: Špela Petrič (author), Miha Turšič (design), Andre Smit and Matthias Schrama (engineering and construction), Klaas Timmermans (scientific advisor), BAD Award (funding body).