red dot: grand prix: "Duality" by ART+COM, Berlin
Traditionally, there has always been a certain tension between art for public spaces, with its architectural associations, and the actual surroundings of a building: On the one hand, this close connection to the building limits the creative freedom, but on the other hand it is also its challenge. Installations that make use of new media and technologies today offer their designers the possibility to establish entirely novel relationships with architecture. And not only with the architecture: also with the people who live and function within it. Developed for a new building complex in the centre of Tokyo, the “Duality” installation responds to the impulses of passers-by.
The action of stepping on a six-metre-square area generates real-time virtual light waves that extend as real waves on the surface of the adjacent artificial pond. The installation aims to offer commuters flowing out of a nearby metro station a playful moment of pause and meditation; furthermore, “Duality” explores the interplay between solid and liquid, virtual and real, light waves and water waves, and is intended to counter the generic practice of architecture art with a concept that evokes identification by instantaneously implying both the location and the human beings that are present in it.
Joachim Sauter on “Media in public spaces”:
“Duality” is an installation in a public place in the city centre of Tokyo. The aim was to create an installation that, unlike many other medial art projects for public spaces, would interact with its environment thematically and react physically to passers-by. Set up as part of a walkway and an adjacent artificial pond, “Duality” acts as an interface between “liquid” (water) and “solid” (walkway), expanded by the aspects of “real” (waves of water) and “virtual” (waves of light). Due to the reactive nature of the installation, passers-by change the environment and thus experience a moment of identity with the place.
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