The barrier of Schengen was since a long time considered as a fortress. We did not remember exactly when this fence became for European citizen their own jail . . . inverting the preliminary reason of its constitution, to protect them against the world . . . Now it appears to be the revenge of an historical illusion. . . .
“Terra Insola” with François ROCHE, Ezio BLASETTI, Stephan HENRICH, Camille LACADÉE, Danielle WILLEMS, Lydia KALLIPOLITI, & Andreas THEODORIDIS
Out of this lost empire, out of this fortress maintaining the nostalgia of their late loftiness, life mutated into another system of negotiation, where a few people with the alibi of democracy are no longer deciding, through a populist delegation of power, the destiny of the others. . . .
We heard that a small zone within the zone, located in a sort of fortress within the fortress is still a territory where the last “European” took refuge. . . .
The main actor, a kind of Robinson Crusoe will construct his own escape from inside, as a topological inversion… similar to Boccaccio’s Decameron, in 1348, where a few people were exorcising the inevitable plague of the black death by an extra-vitalism of story-telling, between eroticism and tragedy. . . .
The architectural project and the fictional short movie will be done by 20 students and 7 authors. We will report this anomaly… through an infiltration in this zone next June… with a making-off as mocumentary. . . .
The movie and the (LAByrinth) construction are working as a siamese co-production . . . from mythology to retro-future.
To optimize production and develop knowledge, we will work on:
. Research (material in situ expertise, know-how, political and cultural involvements, rituals, literature, mythology, extraction-transformation, symbiosis)
. Process – computation (logic of aggregation, scattering, staggering, stacking, with variable components, on Rhino Grasshopper and Python scripting)
. Material experiment – ceramics and glass blowing (prototyping, tests of resisting and decay, strategy of construction and destrcution, machinism and robotic developments)
. Report (photography, recordings and film / stop motion during all the process of construction)
The work days life will be balanced between computation and hands-on work in situ (local knowledge, memories and know-how knitted with global tooling, computation and machinism) as exogeneous-endogeneous apparatuses. We will do some excursion, for researches and film-making, to crafts villages around, ancient palaces (ceramics of Knossos) and mount Ida.
A machine will be designed dedicated to a non repetitive component which is able to be re-introduced as a non-standard process to create the geometry of a shell-ter (specific “agencements” and assemblage in the pursuit of the ceramic ornamentation of the Minos Castle, embedded in a computation procedure).
A team will work on the fictionalization of this one month experience, in a scenarized report, making-off… (20 mn)
And a fictional movie will be pitched, scenarized, shot and pre-edited, around the LAByrinth as a siamese production (20 mn) – read more on forking paths for scenario here
Conditions of production///
The design of the construction, the scenario, shooting and pre-editing of the movie will be both done during this DIY-Movie workshop, as an adventure of simultaneous teaching-production process between all participants, as a sharing of knowledge, intentions and credits.
This project (design, process, researches, documentation, construction, etc.) will entirely emerge from the collaborative work of our group, as a unique and engaged realization.
Blurring the limits between students and instructors, we will define together a strategy of co-responsibility and co-authorship.
Political and Critical Thinking (influences / mythologies / researches / documentaries)
Scripting – Rhino Grasshopper / computation meanings and protocols
Robotic logic / behavior-design
Film series – the Double (splitting identities)
20 students selected on CV/portfolio from anywhere on the planet