University of Innsbruck, studio3 / institute for experimental architecture
critic: Michael WIHART
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Elias WALCH: “Goosebumps [in]dependent, synesthetical experiences in organ recital vault, New York.” My ambition in this project was to force the extension of haptic perception in a world which is dominated by visual impressions. This tactile perceptions are supported by music respectively by the musician, protORGANist, who operates directly on the human body and its skin to stimulate emotional levels. The spectators are embedded in a soft structure, called pneumoSPONGE.
While spectating and listening the audience gets impulses through pneumatical pads directly on their skin. This impacts cause hormonal distribution of Oxytocin as well as Dopamin—which generally support human health. The project is embedded in an urban organism in a subtile way – this should increase integration and inclusion of a large amount of different cultures and urban population.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
EW: Life, visions and dreams. The aim was to produce a social utopic scenario, something I never have seen, heard or felt before. The work of tutor michael WIHART, who is working with the term of “corporeal design” and the fact, that hard matter is formed by the soft and vice versa. The human being as cognitive creature with all its biological and cultural diversities marks the centerpoint of architectural design.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
EW: Listening to the music of Chet Baker and John Cage, as well as listening to oe1 on the radio. Watching to works of Marina Abramovic and reading books like Entangled by Chris Salter or Six Memos for a new Millennium by Italo Calvino.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
EW: Marina Abramovic, John Cage, Michael Wihart, Snohetta, Diller+Scofidio, horhizon, columbus next, tortenwerkstatt, timesnewroman (band). . . .