A collection of thoughts and concepts from previous installations (character intervention + applied art) were used for the final artistic development.

The continuious themes of space + place, colour + light were combined to produce a further evolvement of the chain.

INTERACTION WITH SPACE

The final artistic development takes the form of an interactive installation which seeks to bring awareness to place through the viewer's manipulation of space, colour, light and poetry.

It is made up of two solid walls and two walls with colour filters arranged in the order of the electromagnetic spectrum of light. Perspex panels which can be rotated contain de-constructed poems relating to space + place.

Behind the colour walls are white lights which can be moved back and forth along the spectrum. This allows the viewer to map their perception of the space using the poetry spread across the room.

The model of the room has been based on the measurements of the average height of an adult in the UK (1.7m), also using the ratio for the golden section (1.66) to create a space that reflects human proportions.

The proposition would be for a stand alone piece although the installation could be adapted to any space (indoor gallery, outdoor public space).

 

right: Lever for light control

"Light installations
conjure up a play
in balancing the tension
between gravity
and levitation,
transposing the material
into the immaterial,
searching the intelligible
in the sensual.

Rather than reproducing
natural landscapes
it manifests
the energetic mental,
immaterial
but nevertheless
bodily constituted
organic topologies."

Ursula Berlot

LIGHT, SHADOW
+ CONSCIOUSNESS

Ursula Berlot is an artist who uses light to manipulate space in order to map intangible or hard to define subjects such as consciousness. She layers up light & shadow with translucent materials to draw mental landscapes.

Her work encourages the viewer to consider their perception of place within her ephemeral landscapes.

Using walls or vertical elements to create a mirror effect there is a suggestion of an intention for self-reflection.

 

left: Butterfly / Metulj - here Ursula uses scans of her brain and mirrors on a video installation

 
INTERACTION

The work of artist David Rokeby revolves around the construction of experiences and interactions through installation art. He uses a variety of media including sound, light, video and computer systems.

His installations give definition to his chosen subject but also inherent in their design is a wish for the viewer to reveal their own interpretation through the interaction that takes place.

In The Giver of Names (above), a computer scans objects chosen by the viewer, block colour interpretations are made and these are translated into words and sentences. The artist defines certain aspects (the objects and computer) but the subjective experience of each viewer produces a new meaning every time.

In Dark Matter (left) and The Very Nervous System, a dark room is fitted with motion sensors which play sounds according to every movement of the person in the room. Each interaction with the installation creates a unique symphony of sounds.

POETRY DE-CONSTRUCTION

Poetry is a means to subjectively map space + place.

In the proposed installation, poetry is used to reflect my own thoughts on the awareness of space + place.

By de-constructing the poems and spreading their lines across the room on rotating perspex panels, they form an inter-connected landscape of thought and contemplation.

This de-construction
of poetry
allows the viewer
to re-construct
their own meaning
of space + place.
LIGHT + COLOUR

Inspired by the work of James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson, an experimentation with colour filters and white light was carried out using different compositions.

The installation required a certain definition of colour and light in order to create an atmosphere which the viewer can then engage with. This colourful atmosphere, together with the re-construction of the poetry, can act as a gateway to reflection of the viewer's mood and subjective experience within the space.

 

right:
Colour filter test panels

SPACE + PLACE
The engagement with the world through our senses is how our perception of place is built up.

Interaction with objects and the space which surrounds them is a means to engage our body and consciousness with this cyclic, feedback process.
Purposeful
and conscious
interaction
allows the body
to ground itself
in the space
it occupies
and for a transient
amount of time,
attach itself
to place.