Boreas visualizes the wind. The wild, untamed breeze on the coast of Croatia and the air current created and influenced by humans inside the Toni-Areal.
ZHdK – Soft Architecture, 2018
Mélanie AbbetRandy Chen
Boreas is a project consisting of two interactive installations which are closely related to each other. The first one took place in Pula, Croatia and the second in the Toni-Areal in Zurich. In Croatia we analyzed factors that are creating an environment, an atmosphere, and how we could modify the way how the scene of event is experienced by the attendants. Back at the university an alternative interpretation of the knowledge and experiences acquired in Croatia happened and was transformed into a new space with another atmosphere and other restrictions.
The module "Soft Architecture" was all about rooms, spaces and places and how passing spaces could be created with existing and limited resources.
Fascinated by the wind at the coast of Pula, the so-called Boreas, we decided to create something around this element. Our installation in the bay next to the Fort Punta Christo in Pula was made of fabric sheet and extraordinary rocks found along the shore. In Zurich we concluded to reverse the situation, the wind is totally uncontrollable in Pula so the installation inside the Toni-Areal can be to some extend controlled by the visitor. We created a circular space similar to the shape of the cove. Strips of fabric formed this space and at their ends rocks we had collected in Croatia where suspended. When the fan suspended in the middle was moved closer to the strips, the stones could be heard on the floor. While no human interaction was happening, the wind looked like it wanted to break out of the fabric around it.
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