• Body of landscape

    Body of landscape
    wroclaw POLAND

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    przemyslaw KOLODZIEJ: “Stasis is death, the general law of the world. The State – fortress its power, its laws exist in places of intense circulation.”
    —‘Speed and Politics,’ Paul Virilio

    The main purpose of this project is to combine three notions into one spatial object.: speed, perception and landscape.
    Based upon Paul Virilo’s essay Speed and Politics, speed is perceived in two ways: as a causing factor of changes of culture and civilization, and as a issue of (de)urbanization, which prepare ground for new spatial objects (spaces).

    The author analyzes highways as space objects, and defines supraobject (supra – above) as a separate category of space, describing structures attributed to their own space autonomy in relation to their context, and separate jurisdiction accompanying their use, to which the author includes highways as well. Definition of supraobject is developed with a support of the analysis of abstract work from conceptual architecture discourse entitled Continuous monument, issued in 1969 by design group Superstudio, and then the synthesis of those two is made by creating a description of an object named: a body of landscape.

    The author’s idea is to analyze the landscape as human body (seen as a phenomenology perceived of senses, not as an geometrical objects). Phenomenological description of body, sees a landscape as a living form having his own dynamics, facture, temperature, sensuality, etc.

    The author finds that the perception of landscape and any spatial objects, is depended on the speed of moving observer. If the observer moves faster – the perceived details are replaced by the mass of the objects (blurry vision effect). Every subject on the highway is involved to be a part of multiple relations between speed, perception and moving landscape.

    A body of landscape, by author’s definition is a continuous megastructure, fulfilling space paradigms of the supraobject (space continuity, space autonomy, internal jurisdiction defining the way of using). Conclusions were a basis for designing heterotopical space: a hypermall. The object located only in the close context to the highway, became a endless line of an artificial horizon for all subjects using the highway.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    pK: Paul Virilio (!), microphotos of tissues, Superstudio, Renato Rizzi.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    pK: Reading: Paul Virilio, St. Augustin; Watching: House M. D.; Listening: Bon Iver, Agalloch, Behemoth, City and Colour.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    pK: Kokkugia, Biothing, Renato Rizzi.

    Additional credits or links:
    Jacek Kotz, PhD – Thesis Advisor


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