Work of the Week: Serena Zhang
Video, 23 Seconds
To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
As a proverb, it refers to that, with limited tools, single-minded people apply them inappropriately or indiscriminately.*
However, inspired by the current topic “Mistake”, I wondered: how do we define “inappropriately” and “indiscriminately”? And how could we determine that “applying the hammer inappropriately or indiscriminately” is a mistake?
In this work, I deliberately take the literal meaning of this proverb. If everything looks like a nail to a hammer, then it means that there could be millions of possibilities for the hammer to create.
If everything looks like a nail to a hammer, then a piece of paper and a folder in Mac could also look like nails. Through this video of “Nails” Assortment, I want to demonstrate an unexpected outcome of nailing the paper using hammer.
I want to show that nothing is absolutely a “mistake”. In fact, when we think that we are making a commonly regarded “mistake”, it might mean that we are jumping out of the box and thinking differently from others, and we might step closer to an unexpected surprise.
*Definition of the proverb from here.