The project addresses the contemporary
"problem" of the collapse of space - the condensation
or compression of space and perception into a microscopic, electronic
space - and the increasing hygenization of an otherwise sensorial
experiencing of the environment and human contact/interaction.
The installation is developed in terms of the reciprocal relationships
of the perception of architecture through the body and the perception
of the body as manipulated by architecture, while specifically
investigating how constructed elements define the body's limits,
free or confine its movements, and incorporate the "presence"
of sound and textural quality into the built environment. Architecture,
in the case, is treated as a constructed extension of the body's
limits, which protects or isolates the body within a second skin,
inherently distorting the transmittal and reception of messages
as they traverse these skins.
The installation is composed of
several spatial envelopes differing in luminosity, opacity, tactility,
and structure, ranging in scale and proximity to the body from
masks or helmets to "tailored" spaces. As each envelope
has its unique "skin", the perception of the presence
of and limits between others within the space changes from envelope
to envelope. The unifying ingredient of the various envelopes
and elements of the installation is no other than the human figure,
activating the installation through sound, shadow and movement.