Theme:  Experimental creation – Translocation

Team: Anella Agic, Mari Brorsen, Mona Fögler, Vanessa Salm, Alina Störzinger, Lisa Woebcken

 

In collaboration with Prof. Tina Haase, Chair of Visual Arts at the Technical University Munich

 

all images: © Vanessa Salm 2014

With the background of the semester topic ‚Translocation‘ our process started with the keywords ‚dissolving‘ and ‚destroying‘. To test the properties of several materials and to observe their ‚deformation‘ by external influences was our first thought.

In order to start from a neutral form, we chose white cubes measuring 10x10cm made of plaster. These we threw to the ground to make them shatter. The ‚destruction‘ was documented on video with different cameras and in front of varying backgrounds/floors. Especially the effect of the ’shattering‘ of the cube in slow-motion, resulting in a thunder-like sound we found quite impressive, but at the same time unexpected, frightening and nevertheless aesthetic.

To increase this effect even more, we wanted to stage the video of the shattering cube as a kind of 4D experience: For this purpose, a small, closed room – also a white cube measuring 2.50×2.50m – was to serve as an exhibition space.

 

The plaster shards of the destroyed cubes should be on the floor, so that the viewer can walk/stand on them when he is in the ‚big cube‘. This room should be covered with a light-coloured fabric so that only diffuse light can enter. We built a wooden frame and tried different fabrics/coatings – from toilet paper to linen fabrics with a plaster coating. It is important that the cube is spatially closed when the viewer is inside. Only the video projected inside, combined with the thundering sound in the confined space, should have an effect on him.

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