suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
filipa VALENTE: Liminoid Ecologies was developed for the context of Downtown Los Angeles, where a field of environment mediating agents are integrated in the urban space to create “liminoid gardens.” Interactive urban gardens which breathe and feed themselves on the real-time movements and conditions in the city.
This project arises in the context of the desertification of Downtown Los Angeles as an alternative urban intervention in a city that is almost exclusively dedicated to the car. Liminoid Ecologies proposes the creation of urban spaces of interaction with the surrounding environment, giving the city dweller the opportunity of manipulating the garden structures in real-time. In parallel, the garden also reveals an independent behavior, generated by the surrounding environment conditions, such as pollution levels and street and pedestrian activity.
The interactive and kinetic responses occur when pedestrians enter the public square. The system reads these external elements as toxins, which begin to affect the “garden” agents more intensively. The intervention aims to work multi-dimensionally in terms of how it interacts with the architectural background, audience, and choreographed performances.
A physical prototype was developed in order to experiment on the different interactive responses between people, the environment conditions and the surrounding space. The project was featured in the biennale of Design and Architecture in Lisbon during Fall this year, Experimenta Design 2011, and in the exhibition Frodig Arkitektur (luxuriant architecture) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
fV: Performance art, dance, Merce Cunningham, troika ranch, interactive and experience design, physical prototyping.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
fV: Performance theory, Ritual and Theatre by Victor Turner, The Architecture of Four Ecologies by Reyner Banham.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
fV: Tronic studio, troika ranch, SOFTlab, chunky move, DS+R, vsquared labs, SCI-Arc Robotics Lab.