Bipolar Framework

We initially went through a process of intensive observation of different, diverse sites in the area surrounding Lucerne, Switzerland. Focusing our senses lead us to sensory perceptions of each site. The next stage was to use different representational techniques in order to describe these perceptions. Observation moved into representation.

We had a series of tasks, initially working individually, then into pairs, and finally into one large group of ten. We moved from using two-dimensional representation into three-dimensional and worked in pairs to propose a 1:1 project to further communicate a sensory experience. Our idea was based on the bipolar pair of spacial expansion and compression, which came from the feelings we experienced in the "Aarenschlucht" gorge. We mapped people's movement and were interested in how this might change someone's perception of the space. We are also looking at the interdependent relationship between space and 'us'. Two elements, the absolute of the solid structure and the temporality of the optical illusion are in a bipolar relationship within the idea of the form.

We sited our installation in an arena like environment, where the idea of performance and observation became important. The form dictates your body movements in such a way as to reveal (translate) a message in the surrounding landscape that refers back to the experience of the participant. Structurally, we had to maintain a minimal intervention in order to show different levels of transparency, but to also make it strong enough to interact with outdoors. We fixed the panels at the top and bottom using a timber frame and pegs. We liked how our project communicated our perceptions of the site, but if we were to move forward with it, we would make these more explicit for example the scale might be increased in terms of number and height of panels to create a completely immersive experience.