The Sponge Relay27 November 2015
After the roaring success of Sponge Watch I’ve decided to bring a sponge theme to my journey around the world. When I left my flat in Bristol I took a brand new sponge with me. That sponge was then exchanged with a sponge from the host of the next place I stayed at (namely Katja Durrani). I then carried that sponge with me to the next host and ceremoniously made another exchange. I plan to carry out this relay all around the world.
At first glance, this is indeed as strange as it looks. But I do have deeper reasons for it. The original Sponge Watch project was borne from a desire to observe and acknowledge the slow, almost imperceptively so, movement of impermanence all around us. Of course at the far end of the spectrum impermanence reminds us of our, and ultimately the universe’s, unavoidable demise. Yet this demise moves so slowly that we often don’t notice it: a fact somewhat out of balance with its significance. For me Sponge Watch was a cute and slightly satirical attempt to readdress that balance. To show that even the most mundane of everyday objects possessed the poignance of impermanence.
And so with expert consultancy and brainstorming with Marvin Slow and Tom Heath The Sponge Relay project was born. I hope it promotes cross-cultural understanding of the ordinary yet profound and universal truth of the brief, yet magical, opportunity we have to live, laugh and wash dishes.
My first day as a nomad, I begin The Sponge Relay: exchanging a sponge from my previous host with one from my current pic.twitter.com/kq4VBd2ZW3— Tom Buckley-Houston (@twombh) October 12, 2015