To begin with Indie and I were given the word relaxing and found several spaces that conveyed this idea- all of which were filled with soft furniture and cushions. We then brainstormed ideas for how we could transform the space within the classroom and both agreed in a tent form. I wanted the outside of the tent to look disheveled, ugly and uninviting in order for the individual to experience a greater impact when entering the relaxing atmosphere inside the tent. The brokenness of the outside contrasting with the beauty of the inside attempts to reflect the struggle and stress of day life, and how it's down to individual themselves to find time alone to reflect on themselves on the inside. For this reason I would want to set the space in the middle of a busy city in order to fully express this idea.
The inside of the tent should have a completely serene and peaceful atmosphere. To achieve this i would have a warm soft glow for lighting and the sound of rain playing. I would string a mobile wit moons and stars made of colour glassed so that they reflect the light like a stain glass window. The floor should be made of a mismatch of soft fabrics with a mirror in the center (which would look like a pond).
When looking at the many different relaxing spaces I noticed that they all felt contained and cozy. therefore I wanted to create a space that was to be experienced by one person at a time. I believe a tent shaped design would be the best way to experience the space as it would be enclosed but relaxing.
Photograph of Tent
Although our idea was simplified when building a full size model of it, I believe we successfully translated the relaxing atmosphere we wanted to create.
Photograph of Tent
- What worked?: I believe the overall shape of the model was interesting yet simplistic- which I think was important in order to create a relaxed atmosphere as put the focus on the most detailed part which is the window. I think the interwoven threads acting as a window is also effective because it is both simple and intricate which causes it to be both mesmerizing and beautiful (and altogether relaxing).
- What did I need to change?: I believe I could have increased the scale of my model more, because even thou I wanted the model to be small and relaxing, I believe the scale was bordering on claustrophobic which would create the opposite atmosphere.
- What materials will I use?: If I were to create a life size model of this concept I would want the roof to be made of bamboo, the floor to be made of a mixture of soft materials e.g. fur and the window to be made of thousands of interwoven white thread in order to give an illusion of a spider's web. I believe these materials would help to create a relaxing atmosphere as they are a mixture of natural, comfort and beauty.
- How does it transform?: I've reconstructed the space in two simple ways that cause the most amount of impact in creating the opposite atmosphere- which is stressful. Firstly by turning the model on its side it creates a closed of tall prism which creates a sense of claustrophobia as well as casting the space into darkness. Secondly I threaded string through out the prism into an almost spider web like way which would cause the individual audience member to struggle through.
- In what way does it effectively convey the transformation: I believe I have transformed the space effectively be stressful rather than relaxing as the installation is now dark, claustrophobic and difficult to pass through.
- How is the space used?: The space is an interactive installation which involves a single audience member to make their way from one end to another. The space can only be experienced by one person at a time in order to add to the tension the individual would be experiencing- as they are completely alone in their struggle.
- What is the role of the audience?: The audience is key in conveying the true atmosphere of the space as it is only in experiencing the installation that the stressful feeling is expressed. Therefore the space is a very personal and intimate experience for the audience. Moreover, in entering the space, the audience in turn becomes part of the the installation as they would have the appearance of a fly being stuck in a web. This relates back to my research on the Newman Collaboration "Inside" as it inspired me with this concept.
- What is the role of lighting?: :Lighting is important in my space as I would want the prism to be in complete darkness, excluding a bright clinical light at the end of the space as it would cause the audience member to be dazed and confused, adding to their stress.
- "I love the juxtaposition of how you've really turned the relaxed feel into a trapped feel but still kept the shape".
- The final piece looks like the inside of one of those plants that eat flies. It is incredibly claustrophobic and disturbing."
- "Very beautiful piece, I really like the claustrophobic feeling you get when you see the person lying in the midst of ropes. the triangular entrance is very effective as it forces us to look at the person at the bottom directly."
- "I like the scale of the piece because even though it goes quite high the space is very restricting particularly due to the string acting like a web".
- "I feel contained or trapped or in danger. The pointed roof top make it feel the person is in a higher room and more in trouble."
- "The piece reminds me of the feeling of being trapped, but the lighting makes it look a little bit like it'd be fun to get in there.
- "The lines/ string create a sense of enclosure or as if the person is trapped. I could imagine this in a film."
- "It reminds me of a spiderweb. The figure looks completely woven up within the web of string. I think the box is too small to see a clear shadow but because you've used a lot of white it makes the light have a stronger impact."
- "The person seems trapped. I wouldn't like to get through this triangular form although the atmosphere is very effective."
- "I really like the shapes the string inside makes and the lighting."