"Regarding spatial perception, Architecture could be seen as the container of a fluctuating material: AIR, made visible through LIGHT. Therefore that container, or boundary, could be seen as a SKIN, or rather, as the accumulation of multiple MEMBRANES –with different densities, opacities, translucencies and interstitial spaces- holding a fluctuating body. Furthermore, this layering system creates a fluctuating body itself when filtering this “air-light” through it, revealing the sensuality of the materials is made of, intensifying the spatial experience.
Departing from the study of a series of Baroque masterpieces, the students were asked to analyze their poetics by means of drawings, models and photography where layering, movement and light were driving these studies. The students had then to explore and test their findings in the form of an object that should be installed in a space and actively engage with it, using light to transform the visual perception of this object or even create a new bodily/spatial experience.
If air and membranes are all together considered a body in constant fluctuation how can we define its limits? How can we use light to create a formless body? Where do the limits of our own perception start blurring, requiring from us a greater engagement in order to comprehend what we see or experience? When do we start mentally filling the gaps produced by the limits of our own perception? This studio intends to question our ways of seeing. It engages with the phenomenological, a careful observation of the ways light can transform or even generate space and its capacity to activate the different qualities of a given material."