Movement For Ideas


Mind Movement by Sophie Hartmann

Inspired by the (in)famous painting, “Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2”, by Marchel Duchamp, made in 1912 when technology was still associated with movement, we decided to install ourselves in one of the 2 spiral staircases of the Academy, adding then the complexity of the spiral to the descent. Our aim was to create circumstances or accidents which could provoke collisions of ideas: and thus through experimenting with these interactions, evolve our production in this space according to its implied behaviour. The staircase is probably the most potent vertical architectural element, constantly putting the body into actions which either go with or against- gravity. The spiral staircase iterates this verticality further by blurring any concept of arrival. This constant corkscrew movement creates unexpected situations and very particular points of view. We attempted to understand this space by observing, measuring and describing it through devices reflecting their specificities. Working on a 1:1 scale directly generated a tangible expression of our ideas about the workspace: our architectural devices met, connected, and diverged, following our meeting, connecting and diverging ideas of the peripatetic environment.

>>

 

Movement For Ideas


Mind Movement by Sophie Hartmann

The public status of this space enabled the input and exchange with other people, thus opening the debate to a larger audience who criticised and enriched the development of our devices. Spending time in this specific staircase necessitated a readiness to accept a minimum of convenience on our part, and our devices aimed at rendering this situation productive while retaining its dynamism.

A joint project by Sophie Hartmann & Madeleine Malle & Antoine Vercoutère

Mind Movement by Sophie Hartmann
Materials: belts, projector
In the process of moving down the stairs, surfaces of fabric belts perform as mindscreens and, when activated
by the body, as supportive devices to sit and lean on.